EU: Update on new customs code

EU: Update on new customs code

The European Commission today announced it has adopted a “delegated act” (a legal action) to simplify, modernize, and integrate the EU customs system, with an aim to support cross-border trade and provide for more EU-wide cooperation in customs matters.


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According to the EC release, this delegated act builds on the Union Customs Code (adopted in 2013) and sets out detailed rules for customs processes, including:

  • Simplification of customs inward-processing to allow for entry of non-EU goods without payment of import duty and other charges to support the creation of added value in the EU
  • Clarification of the rules for equal treatment of economic operators in the EU
  • Provisions to allow customs decisions and authorizations to be valid across the EU
  • Common data requirements as the basis for new IT systems linking the customs authorities of the EU Member States, to allow for a seamless exchange of information
  • Improvements in risk management to address trade in illicit and prohibited goods, terrorism, and other criminal activities.

The delegated act will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council.

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