EU offers greater clarity for customs officials through new rulebook

17 Sep 2013

Algirdas Šemeta, the European Commissioner responsible for Customs, last week welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of the Union Customs Code (UCC). The UCC is the new rulebook for customs throughout the EU which will increase legal certainty for companies, provide more clarity for customs officials. The UCC will also complete the modernisation process which has been underway for some time by shifting customs to a fully electronic environment.

EU offers greater clarity for customs officials through new rulebook

The Commission sees the new legislation as streamlining and simplifying customs rules and procedures, and facilitating more efficient customs transactions in line with modern-day needs. The Council (EU Member States responsible Ministers) now needs to adopt the Regulation for the UCC within the coming weeks, so that it can enter into force by 1 November 2013.

Commenting on the adoption by MEPs, Commissioner Šemeta noted, “The Customs Union is the quiet success story of the EU. For over 40 years, it has protected our citizens, safeguarded our businesses and facilitated the ever increasing trade flows in and out of the Union. The Union Customs Code, endorsed by the European Parliament today, will ensure that customs continues its vital work, but in an even more efficient, cost-effective way; one which best meets the challenges of our modern economy.”