On 26 April 2021, the European Commission launched a public consultation to gather views on the implementation of the Union Customs Code (the UCC), the main EU legislative framework for customs.
The consultation intends to gather the views and experiences of businesses, individuals, customs authorities, academia, and other stakeholders applying and/or implementing the UCC in one or several Member States. The Commission would like to know whether, in their opinion, the customs rules and customs electronic systems deployed until the end of 2020 have achieved predictable, streamlined and simplified customs processes and a paperless environment; also whether the UCC is sufficiently flexible to face crises such as Covid-19 and/or to new business models such as e-commerce.
The views gathered will be used to inform the conclusions of the interim evaluation of the UCC that the Commission committed to carrying out in a 2018 to the European Parliament and to the Council. The evaluation will support decisions on whether the UCC should be improved and how.
All interested parties are invited to share their views until 19 July 2021 on the following page.
More information on the UCC legal and IT package and its state of implementation is available here.