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SAP Global Trade Services

SAP GTS screenSAP's GTS system, part of their Governance, Risk and Compliance solution set, takes SAP's Foreign Trade capabilities to a new level.  Building on the functionality already available in ERP, GTS provides a separate and much more complete solution for international trade.  Functionality has grown with each version, and currently includes:

  • Compliance Managment - handling Import & Export License management, embargo compliance and Sanctioned Party List screening.
  • Customs Managment - managing declarations to the authorities for Imports, Exports, EU Transit and Excise shipments.
  • Electronic Compliance Reporting - centralised statistical reporting, including Intrastat declarations for goods movements across the EU.
  • Risk Managment - supporting Preference Agreements, managing Letters of Credit, and handling CAP Restitution in the EU.

Implementing GTS

The GTS solution is ideal for companies already running SAP S/4 HANA, ECC or R/3, particularly those with operations in more than one country.  It is a truly global system, offering multi-country, multi-currency, multi-language and multi-timezone facilities, and built-in comprehensive real-time interfacing to one or more SAP ERP systems.  As is usual with SAP software, the system is highly configurable and offers optional customer coding areas (BAdIs) in case the standard functionality needs to be "tailored" to specific project requirements.  Honeycourt has the skills and experience to configure and develop a complete solution to meet your international trade requirements.  Contact us for further information.

Honeycourt's involvement

Since early 2007, Honeycourt has been working actively with the SAP GTS development team in Germany to enhance the Customs Management module.  As a result, our deep knowledge of the system, coupled with extensive experience in Customs processes across the world, has left us uniquely placed to lead or particpate in complex implementation projects.  On several occasions, SAP have recommended Honeycourt as a "rescue partner" for projects lacking sufficient skills and experience, and we have successfully delivered every time.

GTS functionality for the UK

With Honeycourt's help, the GTS developers have continued to enhance the system functionality for UK Customs Management, so that the latest version, 11.0, ships with the following UK functionality available "out of the box":

  • NES Export declarations - full Pre-Lodgement or Customs Simplified Export (CSE) Procedure
  • CFSP Import declarations - SFD, SDI, SDW and FSD messages under SDP or EIDR
  • Customs Warehousing, including full Inventory Management integration with SAP ERP
  • Processing under OP and IP regimes with full stock-keeping and audit trail
  • NCTS Transit declarations - initiation and closure
  • EMCS (Excise Movement) reports - despatch and arrival

CDS

Honeycourt is heavily involved in the introduction of the new "Customs Declaration Servies" (CDS) system that started to replace the UK CHIEF system during 2019.

Honeycourt attends all technical meetings relating to CDS, and has been helping HMRC to recognise and overcome limitations and challenges in the software as it evolves through the development and testing phases.  At the same time, we are helping SAP to shape and test their corresponding development for CDS in the GTS system.

Participation in these activities make Honeycourt uniquely placed to advise and assist Traders with their adoption of and/or migration to CDS as the systems become available.

Links

Learn more about Global Trade Services on the SAP solutions site.

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