Public consultation on the EU's proposal to update the Union Customs Code

The EU is proposing to update an amending Delegated Regulation. The EU is asking for feedback from interested parties in the period 27.01.2020 - 24.02.2020.

The draft presented for public consultation aims at updating certain rules of the existing Delegated Regulation to reflect, in particular, the following legislative changes and clarifications:

  1. The inclusion of Campione d’Italia and the Italian waters of Lake Lugano into the EU customs territory following an amendment of the UCC from 1 January 20201 . As a consequence, the present amendment terminates the waiver from the obligation to lodge a pre-departure declaration and the entry summary declaration that is currently applicable to goods moved into and out of that territory;

  2. New VAT rules for distance sales of goods from third countries (e-commerce) applicable from 1 January 2021. The amendment clarifies the formalities to be applied to consignments below 150 euros (low-value consignments) from that date;

  3. An Action Plan on Military Mobility. The present text aims at streamlining and simplifying the customs formalities for goods moved or used in the context of military activities;

  4. The adoption of Directive (EU) 2019/8834 on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships. For the correct implementation of this Directive some simplifications concerning the customs formalities for such waste must be introduced;

  5. The need to clarify the rules on the time limits for lodging the supplementary declaration according to their nature (general, periodic or recapitulative) and the need to provide declarants with a longer time limit to lodge the supplementary declaration and the relevant supporting documents where there is no customs debt

  6. The Commission Decision to deploy the new electronic data-processing system to lodge the entry summary declaration, the Import Control System (ICS2), in three releases. The generic reference to the deployment of ICS2 should, therefore, be replaced by more specific references to the three different releases under which groups of carriers will gradually connect to the system. In addition, provision must be made for the customs obligations (in particular the obligation to lodge entry summary declarations) that will apply to carriers and related persons once the carriers are connected to the new system.

  7. In the context of special procedures, the need to i) ensure the implementation of antidumping and countervailing duties, safeguard measures and additional duties resulting from a suspension of concessions on products placed under the inward processing procedure, ii) exclude the application of the procedure for examination of economic conditions for applications for inward processing where goods are subject to those measures and iii) prevent the common storage of Union goods with nonUnion goods where the latter are subject to those measures;

  8. the necessary modifications to some of the annexes corresponding to the amended provisions summarised above.

In addition, there are minor changes to the transitional delegated act proposed.


Download the draft amendments to the UCC Delegated Act

Download the draft annex amendments to the UCC transitional delegated act

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