Europe simplifies customs with the European Maritime Single Window

Exciting news for European logistics. Last 7 January, the European Parliament and the European Council reached an agreement on the new Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window. This agreement is known by the initials EMSWe, which stand for “European Maritime Single Window environment”. The single window is defined as a system that allows parties […]

European Customs Data Model version 5.1

The European Customs Data Model Version 5.1 (EUCDM) is available on the EUCDM website. This version includes the interpretation of the provisions of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1131 which establishes a customs tool, if the product concerned is brought to an artificial island, a fixed or floating installation or any other structure in the continental shelf or in […]

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 […]

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 […]

EU Customs Certificate of Recognition

The Commission launched for the first time in 2019 the “EU Customs Certificate of Recognition initiative for academic customs study programmes (Bachelor/Master level)”. It is a step toward systematic recognition of customs-specific Bachelor and Master study programmes and modules within such programmes. The objective is to equip students with the optimal competencies to engage in – or […]