National customs services in EU countries cannot work in isolation. Nor can the European Customs Union itself in a global trade environment. Cooperation is crucial to the efficiency of EU customs authorities in the face of the many threats they have to ward off.
Alongside the systems for exchanges of information between EU Member States provided for under the EU customs legislation, a number of contact groups have been established to tighten up cooperation between customs officers at the EU’s major airports, biggest seaports and main land border posts.
In addition, the EU has signed agreements with its main trading partners around the world. Based on those agreements, joint operations and pilot projects are being moved forward to enhance cooperation on the ground between customs officers from the EU and non-EU countries.