European Union publishes new Union Customs Code

On 9 October 2013, the European Union (EU) adopted the Union Customs Code (“UCC”), which was published in the EU Official Journal the following day. It will on 1 June 2016 replace the current Community Customs Code as the new EU framework legislation in the area of customs which the 28 EU Member States must apply (with some room for Member State discretion). The UCC is intended to achieve greater legal certainty for businesses as well as increased clarity for customs officials throughout the EU. The UCC also seeks to improve and simplify customs rules and procedures, harmonise decision-making procedures further, and lead to more efficient customs transactions. The UCC consolidates a number of important rules and practices which, until now, have been applied on a case by case basis.

The improvements introduced by the UCC include measures to complete the transition to a paperless/electronic customs environment, and provisions to expand and reinforce customs procedures for Authorised Economic Operators (“AEOs”), including centralised clearance.

Please see full alert below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© White & Case LLP | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


White & Case LLP on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.