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Uniform customs laws apply in a customs territory and there are no internal customs duties or similar taxes. A customs territory comprises territories including their territorial waters, inland waters and airspace.

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EU law news June 2024
16-06-2024

News in week 24: EC proposes provisional countervailing duties on imports of new battery electric vehicles from China; higher customs duties on imports of cereals, oilseeds, etc. from Russia or Belarus; anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of decor paper from China; agreement on the modification of tariff quotas in trade between the EU and Egypt enters into force; EU has requested consultations with Algerian authorities to address several restrictions imposed on EU exports; trade barriers removed from exports of French and Irish beef to Republic of Korea; WTO exploratory session on “greening” the Harmonized System; WTO webinar on the use of digital technologies to streamline import, export and transit procedures; CBAM updates related to the Declarant Portal and quarterly report structure.

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EU law news June 2024
16-06-2024

News in week 24: EC proposes provisional countervailing duties on imports of new battery electric vehicles from China; higher customs duties on imports of cereals, oilseeds, etc. from Russia or Belarus; anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of decor paper from China; agreement on the modification of tariff quotas in trade between the EU and Egypt enters into force; EU has requested consultations with Algerian authorities to address several restrictions imposed on EU exports; trade barriers removed from exports of French and Irish beef to Republic of Korea; WTO exploratory session on “greening” the Harmonized System; WTO webinar on the use of digital technologies to streamline import, export and transit procedures; CBAM updates related to the Declarant Portal and quarterly report structure.

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Replacement of the AEO by the "Trust and Check Trader" – What would be the Practical Changes for AEOs and non-AEOs under the EU Commission’s UCC Reform Proposal?
06-06-2024

The replacement of the AEO with a new designation of "Trust and Check Trader", as proposed under the EU customs reform, is not just a change of name. The European Commission is introducing with this concept both additional requirements and new restrictions in comparison to the current AEO facilitations, as well as removing almost all existing facilitations for non-AEOs. Since under the EU Customs Reform proposal all responsibility for fiscal and nonfiscal compliance will lie with importers and exporters, AEOs who currently benefit from customs simplifications but are not importers or exporters (indirect customs representatives will be treated as such), but rather carriers, warehouse keepers or direct customs representatives, will lose their privileged status as trustworthy economic operator. In this article, the author explains the proposed rules for T&C and the negative consequences for economic operators who will lose this status, as well as the loss of facilitations currently available for economic operators without AEO status.

Michael Lux

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Replacement of the AEO by the "Trust and Check Trader" – What would be the Practical Changes for AEOs and non-AEOs under the EU Commission’s UCC Reform Proposal?
06-06-2024

The replacement of the AEO with a new designation of "Trust and Check Trader", as proposed under the EU customs reform, is not just a change of name. The European Commission is introducing with this concept both additional requirements and new restrictions in comparison to the current AEO facilitations, as well as removing almost all existing facilitations for non-AEOs. Since under the EU Customs Reform proposal all responsibility for fiscal and nonfiscal compliance will lie with importers and exporters, AEOs who currently benefit from customs simplifications but are not importers or exporters (indirect customs representatives will be treated as such), but rather carriers, warehouse keepers or direct customs representatives, will lose their privileged status as trustworthy economic operator. In this article, the author explains the proposed rules for T&C and the negative consequences for economic operators who will lose this status, as well as the loss of facilitations currently available for economic operators without AEO status.

Michael Lux

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Ukraine customs and trade updates: April/May 2024
06-06-2024

News at a glance: Phase 5 of the Common Transit Procedure has been successfully launched; progress in the transposition of certain provisions of the Union Customs Code into the Customs Code of Ukraine; customs authorities have resumed documentary inspections for customs compliance, which have been suspended since 24 February 2022; a new version of the automated customs risk analysis system based on artificial intelligence has been launched.

Dr Ilona Mishchenko , Khrystyna Zhytniak

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Ukraine customs and trade updates: April/May 2024
06-06-2024

News at a glance: Phase 5 of the Common Transit Procedure has been successfully launched; progress in the transposition of certain provisions of the Union Customs Code into the Customs Code of Ukraine; customs authorities have resumed documentary inspections for customs compliance, which have been suspended since 24 February 2022; a new version of the automated customs risk analysis system based on artificial intelligence has been launched.

Dr Ilona Mishchenko , Khrystyna Zhytniak

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EU law news May 2024
02-06-2024

News in week 22: Updated UCC guidance documents on customs debt; restrictive measures in view of the situation in Russia on equipment which might be used for internal repression; higher tariffs on Russian and Belarusian grain products; the list of sanctioned persons has been expanded to include more persons supporting Russia's war in Ukraine; additional trade preferences for Ukrainian products; guidance document on CBAM implementation for importers of goods into the EU; EU and Australia agreement on sustainable critical and strategic minerals; Council gives its final approval to the ecodesign regulation; EU-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement - final step towards implementation; additional trade preferences for products from Moldova; imposition of an anti-dumping duty on tubes and pipes from China; correction of the regulation imposing an anti-dumping duty on fasteners from China; revision of the expiry date of the anti-dumping measures on aluminium foil from China; EU requests WTO consultation on Colombia’s compliance in frozen fries dispute; European Economic Area Agreement - the 30th anniversary of its entry into force; and more news!

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EU law news May 2024
02-06-2024

News in week 22: Updated UCC guidance documents on customs debt; restrictive measures in view of the situation in Russia on equipment which might be used for internal repression; higher tariffs on Russian and Belarusian grain products; the list of sanctioned persons has been expanded to include more persons supporting Russia's war in Ukraine; additional trade preferences for Ukrainian products; guidance document on CBAM implementation for importers of goods into the EU; EU and Australia agreement on sustainable critical and strategic minerals; Council gives its final approval to the ecodesign regulation; EU-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement - final step towards implementation; additional trade preferences for products from Moldova; imposition of an anti-dumping duty on tubes and pipes from China; correction of the regulation imposing an anti-dumping duty on fasteners from China; revision of the expiry date of the anti-dumping measures on aluminium foil from China; EU requests WTO consultation on Colombia’s compliance in frozen fries dispute; European Economic Area Agreement - the 30th anniversary of its entry into force; and more news!

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UK news April/May 2024
02-06-2024

News at a glance: Duty suspension window for 2024; proposed changes to the current customs legislation; deadline for switching to CDS for exports; new inbound border checks and a Common User Charge for SPS goods introduced; updated notice - bicycle parts relief under end-use; maps of the Forth Green Freeport tax site; excise duty hydrocarbon oils rates for road fuel gasses; temporary removal of tariffs for cut flowers; Belarus import sanctions; further sanctions on Iran; UK Government public consultation on CBAM; data tables on the number of customs declarants and declarations in 2023; AEO status holders - 1222 companies currently on the list; updated guidance on attending the Sevington inland border facility.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

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UK news April/May 2024
02-06-2024

News at a glance: Duty suspension window for 2024; proposed changes to the current customs legislation; deadline for switching to CDS for exports; new inbound border checks and a Common User Charge for SPS goods introduced; updated notice - bicycle parts relief under end-use; maps of the Forth Green Freeport tax site; excise duty hydrocarbon oils rates for road fuel gasses; temporary removal of tariffs for cut flowers; Belarus import sanctions; further sanctions on Iran; UK Government public consultation on CBAM; data tables on the number of customs declarants and declarations in 2023; AEO status holders - 1222 companies currently on the list; updated guidance on attending the Sevington inland border facility.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

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