EU auditors raise eyebrows at UK customs control competence

It’s all about trust. Quite apart from their deleterious effect on the all-Ireland economy, member states simply do not trust the UK’s “customs-light” proposals for Ireland. The idea being that you could protect the single market while moving all checks and controls away from the Border, and use trusted-trader schemes and untested technology to track […]

Commission publishes the 2020 version of the Combined Nomenclature

The European Commission has published the latest version of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) applicable as from 1 January 2020. The Combined Nomenclature forms the basis for the declaration of goods (a) at importation or exportation or (b) when subject to intra-Union trade statistics. This determines which rate of customs duty applies and how the goods […]

EU Customs Trader Portal

On 1 October 2019, the European Commission has launched the EU Customs Trader Portal, an electronic single point-of-access to a number of EU customs systems. In a first stage, the portal will be used for applications for Binding Tariff Information (eBTI) and applications for Authorised Economic Operator status (eAEO). As of 1 October 2019, these applications have to be made […]

How to prepare for Brexit Customs guide for businesses

Should the UK leave the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement, which would put in place a transition period, it will be treated as a non-EU country for customs purposes as of the date of its withdrawal. Businesses in the EU should start preparing for this possibility, if they have not yet done so. Brexit will […]

Union Customs Data Model 4.0 goes live

The EU Customs Data Model (EUCDM) is the model for Customs trans-European systems such as NCTS, AES, ICS, EOS and for Member States national customs clearance systems. Its overall objective is to provide a technical instrument that models the data requirements laid down in EU Customs legislation and present a single and genuine source of […]

New form of customs declaration for low value consignments

Following an amendment to the Union Customs Code Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446, it will be possible from 1 January 2021 to declare goods up to 150 € using a customs declaration that requires 3 times less data than a standard declaration. From 1 January 2021 the existing VAT exemption for goods up to 22 € will disappear. In order to allow […]