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EU CDS: Fast-track customs authorisations across Europe

The EU's Customs Decision System is an impressive way to get customs permissions across Europe. Fast track your trade with the EU's CDS argues Arne Mielken of Customs Manager Ltd.



The Union Customs Code (UCC) provides that all your communication with customs authorities across Europe for customs purposes must be done electronically.


The CDS allows traders to use a European Union (EU) trader portal to apply for and manage customs decisions electronically. The CDS is used to exchange and store information in relation to 22 specific customs decisions.


The CDS is a centrally developed EU system. It has been implemented simultaneously with the Uniform User Management and Digital Signature system (UUMDS). The UUMDS allows economic operators and their representatives access to the EU Trader Portal.


The CDS is to be used for:

  • all applications and decisions which may have an impact in more than one Member State

  • and

  • any subsequent annulment, suspension, revocation or amendment of an authorisation.

  • Many EU member states also uses the CDS to manage national customs decisions, that is, those which only apply in one Member State. This is optional but useful and saves customs authorities work to develop their own systems.

Main features

The CDS has the following features:

  • Allows the electronic processing and storage of applications and authorisations.

  • Allows traders to apply for and manage their customs decisions via a single EU interface.

  • Allows EU customs authorities to consult with each other about the granting and management of authorisations that are valid in more than one Member State.

  • Provides system-to-system access for our existing import, export and transit systems to authorisation data. This allows customs authorities throughout the EU to check the existence and validity of customs decisions.

How to apply for customs decisions using CDS


You should apply to the customs authority in the Member State where:

  • you hold your main accounts for customs purposes

  • you carry out at least a part of the activities related to the relevant customs decision.

EXAMPLE from Ireland: When applying in Ireland for any of the 22 customs decisions, you should select the customs office IENEN003 as the Decision Taking Customs Authority.


What do traders need to do?

You should do the following to ensure that you can access the CDS:


  • be registered in the Member State for use of CDS, for example through a certificate or registration with the national authorities

  • have a valid Economic Operators' Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

How to access the CDS

Economic operators can access the system in the European Union trader portal. To lodge an application, you must be authenticated in the trader portal.


Uniform User Management and Digital Signature system (UUMDS)

This authentication is handled by the Uniform User Management and Digital Signature system (UUMDS) together with the national registration. You can use the UUMDS to assign responsibility for customs applications and authorisations (delegation) to your customs representative.


What you can do in the CDS

You can use the CDS to do the following:

  • apply for a decision

  • attach required supporting documents

  • check the status of the application

  • request extension of the time-limit

  • express right to be heard

  • request to amend, suspend or revoke a decision.

Examples of the decisions for which CDS could possibly be used

This may vary according to Member State


Authorised Consignee Transit

ACE

Applications and authorisations for the status of authorised consignee for Union transit


Authorised Issuer

ACP

Applications and authorisations for authorised issuer


Authorised Consignor Transit

ACR

Applications and authorisations for the status of authorised consignor for Union transit


Authorised Consignee TIR

ACT

Applications and authorisations for the status of authorised consignee for TIR operations


Authorised Weigher of Bananas

AWB

Application and authorisation for the status of authorised weigher of bananas


Centralised Clearance

CCL

Applications and authorisations for centralised clearance


Comprehensive Guarantees

CGU

Applications and authorisations relating to comprehensive guarantees


Customs Value

CVA

Applications and authorisations relating to the simplification for the determination of amounts being part of the customs value of the goods


Customs Warehousing

CW1, CW2, CWP

Applications and authorisations for the operation of storage facilities for customs warehousing of goods (Type 1, Type 2, Private)


Deferred Payment

DPO

Applications and authorisations for deferred payment, excluding those relating to a single operation


Entry of data in declarant’s records

EIR

Applications and authorisations for entry of data in the declarant’s records, including for the export procedure


Electronic Transport Documents

ETD

Applications and authorisations for the use of an electronic transport document as customs declaration


End Use

EUS

Applications and authorisations for the use of end use


Inward Processing

IPO

Applications and authorisations for the use of inward processing


Outward Processing

OPO

Applications and authorisations for the use of outward processing


Regular Shipping Services

RSS

Applications and authorisations for regular shipping services


Self-Assessment

SAS

Applications and authorisations for self-assessment


Simplified Declaration

SDE

Applications and authorisations for the use of simplified declaration


Special Seals

SSE

Applications and authorisations for the use of seals of a special type


Temporary Admission

TEA

Applications and authorisations for the use of temporary admission procedure


Transit Reduced Dataset

TRD

Applications and authorisations for the use of a transit declaration with reduced dataset


Temporary Storage

TST

Applications and authorisations for the operation of temporary storage facilities


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