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COMPLIANCE: THE KEY TO SIMPLIFY CUSTOMS

PROCEDURES AND SAVE MONEY

WITH THE NEW EU CUSTOMS CODE.

ARE YOU

READY FOR

CHANGES?

Jacek Kapica

- Operations Director,

STTAS Europe

EU customs regulations are adapting to the paperless business environment with

the introduction of streamlined customs procedures and electronic communication

between businesses and customs authorities. The EU has a vested interest in simplifying

customs procedures to save time, money, and to ensure compliance. STTAS monitors the situation

and is ready to help companies perform their export and import operations in compliance with

the regulation.

The main policy objectives of the Union Customs Code

and the related Commission Acts are to improve the

functioning of the EU Customs Union and to ensure

that the regulations’ are uniformly applied throughout

the EU customs territory. This proposal is also intended

to streamline and digitize customs procedures in order to make

them simpler and better structured. These improvements

should result in substantial and tangible benefits for traders

and for customs administrations.

The UCC and its implemented acts will simplify customs

legislation and procedures as well as facilitate more efficient

customs transactions in line with modern-day business

needs. The UCC-package completes the legal world’s shift

to a paperless and fully electronic environment. It reinforces

the swiftness of customs procedures for compliant and

trustworthy economic operators (so-called Authorised

Economic Operators (AEO)). The full automation of systems

and procedures will also decrease the administrative burden

for economic operators by reducing repetitive submission

of data and by providing better streamlined processes.

Appropriate regulations bridge the gap between the current

situation and the full implementation of the UCC in the

smoothest way possible and attempts to minimize disruptions

for the daily customs and business operations.

Under the Union Customs Code, an Authorised Economic

Operator will play a much more important role in import

and export trade turnover and in relations with customs

authorities. AEOs were legally recognized on 1 January 2008.

Business entities after receiving AEOS (security) certificate

could be privileged under customs control, which means

have more favourable treatment with respect to customs

controls, such as fewer physical inspections and documentbased

audits. AEOC (simplification) could take maximum

advantage of widespread use of customs simplifications.

But the last privilege requires different authorizations and

could be gathered without the AEO certificate.

From 1 May 2016, reliability and compliance with customs

regulations will be crucial because only Authorized Economic

Operator would be able to use simplified procedures. Only

AEOs would be entitled for centralized clearance, which

entails lodging a customs declaration at the customs office

where the economic operator is established, while presenting

goods at another customs office. AEOs would be exclusively

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