Customs Proposal to Strengthen Supply Chain Security

14 January 2013

The European Commission is proposing another amendment to the Customs Code which aims to prevent dangerous goods from crossing EU borders.

The proposal involves more rational use of resources, better quality and availability of trade data, and deeper partnership with trade and international partners. Security has become a top priority for EU Customs but the nature of security threats have become more complex in recent years and so requires better risk management techniques. Illicit trade is estimated to account for 10% of the global economy and so the challenge of stopping a bomb, contaminated food or smuggled goods has increased.

The proposal includes a requirement for traders to make quality data available at the right time and at the right place to support the authorities in carrying out their risk management. Businesses wishing to find out more about how these measures may affect them should contact us for further details.

Measures such as the introduction of Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) and pre-arrival and pre-departure data submission are key steps in improving supply chain security. We expect to see continued development in this area.

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