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EU: Customs program to foster cooperation among customs authorities

EU: Cooperation among customs authorities

The European Commission today announced a programme proposal aimed at improving the efficiency of tax and customs cooperation among the EU Member States.


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The EC release states the new customs programme would enhance the single customs union by: 

  • Increasing information and data exchange between national customs administrations
  • Improving the ability of customs authorities to collect correct amounts of customs duties, import VAT, and excise taxes
  • Devising better risk management strategies to protect the EU's financial interests
  • Continuing to facilitate growing levels of trade (EU customs authorities handled 331 million declarations last year) 

The EC also released a set of “questions and answers” about the customs programme.

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