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Security Amendment

The main building block of customs security at EU level in both legislative and practical terms is the ‘Safety and Security Amendment’ to the Community Customs Code. The Amendment aims to ensure an equivalent level of protection through customs controls for all goods brought into or out of the EU's customs territory.

 

The amendment covers four major changes to the Customs Code:

In order

  • Not to delay consignments pending the results of the risk analysis, and
  • To allow carriers to concentrate all the information in a single customs office instead of several ones,

the safety and security risk analysis will be carried out before the arrival of the goods in the EU.

Since 1 July 2009 relevant security data has had in principle to be provided before the goods enter or leave the Community customs territory. The security data has to be sent electronically by economic operators with the possibility of exchanging this information with Member States administrations.

Since 1 January 2011 this advance declaration has been an obligation for traders and no longer an option. In other words, the transitional period (introduced on 1 July 2009) has ended. Since 1 January 2011 relevant security data have had to be sent before the arrival of the goods on the EU customs territory. If from 1 January 2011 goods were not declared in advance or – in other words – if safety and security data were not sent in advance, then goods have to be declared immediately on arrival at the border, which can delay the customs clearance of consignments at the border pending the results of risk analysis for safety and security purposes.