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Animal Health and Welfare (01-10-2009)

TRACES AND INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE

The TRACES website will be available within the next few days in all European Union official languages. These translations will make it possible for all European citizens and business people to be informed in their own languages, will be an information vector and will diffuse the application in countries with which the European Union has commercial links.

In addition to New Caledonia and Morocco, precursors of TRACES certification, Mauritius, Mayotte and Mexico already use TRACES for their exports. With the completion of training courses given during the last 6 months, the Seychelles, French Polynesia, Benin and Iceland will soon be issuing certificates from TRACES. Senegal and Madagascar have recently asked to be integrated into the system and may also enlarge the list of country users.

To further improve relations with our commercial partners who use TRACES, a new version has been installed. This allows searches by the customs agents of all the import certificates created in TRACES by Third Countries, so that the users can create the necessary documents (CVED ) for the exported goods continuation. Thus, even in the absence of an on-line notification for the attention of the customs agent in the European Union handling the certified goods declaration procedures, this person can, with certain references from the paper documents, access the import certificates, while preserving the information confidentiality and security contained in the certificates.

The usefulness of generating these CVEDs from import certificates is twofold. On the one hand improving relations with Third Countries by allowing them direct access to the decisions taken by the border inspection posts and thus enabling them to follow in real-time what is happening to their exports, and on the other hand facilitating the work of the customs agents and the official inspectors by speeding up access to obligatory information at the European Union border thus reducing administrative downtime. A new challenge is underway with training courses for customs agents concerning the use of this new option.

Finally, to point out that the follow-up of the border inspection posts activity is available through various activity reports to be found in the TRACES "data warehouse". The inspection posts may also access the information which directly concerns them.



22 September 2009

Dr Didier CARTON