EU: New customs action plan and FAQs

EU: New customs action plan and FAQs

The European Commission today launched a new Customs Union action plan that includes a series of measures to improve EU customs process over the next four years.

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Read a set of “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) about the new customs action plan.

According to today’s EC release, the action plan includes a number of initiatives in areas such as risk management, managing e-commerce, the promotion of compliance and customs authorities acting as one:

  • Risk management—The action plan focuses in particular on ensuring greater availability and use of data and data analysis for customs purposes. It calls for intelligent, risk-based supervision of supply chains and for establishing a new analytics hub within the Commission for collecting, analysing and sharing customs data that can inform critical decisions, help customs authorities identify weak points at the EU's external borders and manage future crises.
  • Managing e-commerce—To address the new challenges of e-commerce, the requirements for payment service providers and online sales platforms will be strengthened to help address customs duty and tax fraud in e-commerce.
  • Promotion of compliance—The “single window” initiative will make it easier for legitimate businesses to complete their border formalities in one single portal. It will allow for more collaborative processing, sharing, and exchanging of information and better risk assessment for customs authorities.
  • Customs authorities acting as one—The action plan details the roll-out of modern and reliable customs equipment under the next EU budget. A new “reflection group” formed of EU Member States and business representatives will be set up to help prepare for future crises and challenges such as unanticipated global developments and future business models.

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