Urgent reply needed. ... Importing date columns from a flat file in this format '11/12/2005' however sometimes the date field is blank. The data is coming from the flat file into a table as char(10) then copied over to a table on SQL 2005. (this process worked with DTS) I am now using SSIS 2005 and I am getting an error in ssis and failing. I've tried to change the oledb destination data type to string to match the char but getting invalid value for cast specification - then tried to change the oledb destination column to datetime instead of string and error again with value could not be converted. Now, it is failing on some rows because I set the column to ignore error/truncation and some values were passed - so I am thinking that blanks might be the cause? Added an error output to a textfile destination on the specific column and received this in the error column ? -10716076891148 . I've spent days on this and I have a great headache .. file is needed urgent. thnx much. forever grateful to whoever can resolve .