February 20, 2022
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E-customs in the EU

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What is called ‘e-customs’?

Electronic customs (‘e-customs’) is a major development for the EU's Customs Union. The project aims to replace paper-format customs procedures with EU-wide electronic procedures to create a more efficient and modern customs environment. The project has two objectives: 

  • enhancing security at the EU's external borders and 
  • facilitating trade.

What is the plan?

The European Commission adopted a Work Programme (Commission implementing decision (EU) 2019/2151 of 13 December 2019), which sets out the plan to replace all paper-based customs procedures with electronic procedures by the middle of 2025. Some systems are being developed at the EU level, others at the national level.

Which systems are being developed?

  1. UCC Registered Exporter System (REX)
  2. UCC Binding Tariff Information (BTI)
  3. UCC Customs Decisions
  4. Direct trader access to the European Information Systems (Uniform User Management & Digital Signature)
  5. UCC Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) upgrade
  6. UCC Economic Operator Registration and Identification System upgrade (EORI 2)
  7. UCC Surveillance 3
  8. UCC Information Sheets (INF) for Special Procedures
  9. UCC Proof of Union Status (PoUS)
  10. UCC New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) upgrade
  11. UCC Automated Export System (AES)
  12. UCC Special Procedures
  13. UCC Notification of Arrival, Presentation Notification and Temporary Storage
  14. UCC National Import Systems upgrade
  15. UCC Centralised Clearance for Import (CCI)
  16. UCC Guarantee Management (GUM)
  17. UCC Import Control System 2 (ICS2)

What is the progress?

Each year the European Commission releases a report on progress in developing electronic systems. The latest report was published in January 2022 (see here). The first eight of the above-mentioned systems are fully completed, while work with the other systems is ongoing. 

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