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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EU Single Window Environment for Customs (EU SWE-C)
11-09-2022

The ‘single window’ is a trade facilitation measure, allowing parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardised information and documents with a single-entry point to fulfil all import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements, thus reducing duplication, time, and costs.

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EU Single Window Environment for Customs (EU SWE-C)
11-09-2022

The ‘single window’ is a trade facilitation measure, allowing parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardised information and documents with a single-entry point to fulfil all import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements, thus reducing duplication, time, and costs.

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European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe)
11-09-2022

The European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe) aims to improve administrative procedures in maritime transport by introducing a single window for reporting formalities for ships to harmonise processes and data exchange with economic operators. Legal acts establish that the latest date for the system to be operational is no later than 15.08.2025.

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European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe)
11-09-2022

The European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe) aims to improve administrative procedures in maritime transport by introducing a single window for reporting formalities for ships to harmonise processes and data exchange with economic operators. Legal acts establish that the latest date for the system to be operational is no later than 15.08.2025.

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In the year 2021, there has been a major breakdown in the customs practices in the EU and the changes will continue over the next years for many reasons: data provisions and data quality will become the new hobbyhorse for customs authorities, more significant facilitations will be granted to companies who have the AEO status for e-commerce flows, etc. We provide a brief overview of the changes, highlight the role of customs experts in turning challenges into opportunities, and share some thoughts on what is needed to become a member of the big family united under the customs topic.

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Customs strategies at the heart of international business development
20-07-2022

In the year 2021, there has been a major breakdown in the customs practices in the EU and the changes will continue over the next years for many reasons: data provisions and data quality will become the new hobbyhorse for customs authorities, more significant facilitations will be granted to companies who have the AEO status for e-commerce flows, etc. We provide a brief overview of the changes, highlight the role of customs experts in turning challenges into opportunities, and share some thoughts on what is needed to become a member of the big family united under the customs topic.

Christophe Pereira

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Customs administrations and trade operators both want to reduce the complexity of compiling and exchanging data. However, there can be tension between the Customs administration’s need to access data and the company’s need to protect confidential information. This article presents two solutions for analysing and reporting data which ensure strong data protection by allowing access to the data without the need to move them around.

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Protecting importers’ information while improving Customs controls
01-07-2022

Customs administrations and trade operators both want to reduce the complexity of compiling and exchanging data. However, there can be tension between the Customs administration’s need to access data and the company’s need to protect confidential information. This article presents two solutions for analysing and reporting data which ensure strong data protection by allowing access to the data without the need to move them around.

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New on Access2Markets: export bans imposed by Russia and Belarus
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In response to EU and other countries’ sanctions, Russia and Belarus retaliated by imposing export bans on certain products to what were branded ‘unfriendly countries’. As a result, some products, although not subject to EU import restrictions, cannot be imported because they cannot be taken out of the exporting country. So how can one learn which goods are restricted? Information on export prohibitions, restrictions and tariffs are now available on Access2Markets.

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