Taxation and customs union

Customs are business friendly


Business operators

4.8 million business operators are registered in the customs Economic Operators Identification and Registration system (EORI) and carry out commercial activities related to importing and exporting goods in the role of consignee, declarant or representative.


Authorised Economic Operators (AEO)
The AEO status can be granted to economic operators who meet criteria specified in customs legislation, such as customs compliance, appropriate record-keeping, financial solvency and, where relevant, appropriate security and safety standards.
AEOs are given more favorable treatment in the areas of simplifications and facilitations. There were more than 14 000 valid AEO certificates in the EU at the end of 2015. AEOs are playing an increasing role in the supply chain.



Source: DG Taxation and Customs Union


Paperless environment

Nearly all customs declarations for both import and export are submitted to Customs electronically.

  • The global EU level of electronic input is more than 98%.
  • Most Member States do not require any accompanying documents unless the declaration is selected for control.
  • 91% of import customs declarations were cleared within 1 hour and only 2% took more than 48 hours to clear.



Source: DG Taxation and Customs Union



Simplified procedures enable business operators to perform customs procedures more efficiently (faster, less costs, etc.).
At the end of 2015 there were:

  • Almost 39 000 valid authorisations for the use of simplified procedures at import and export
  • More than 21 000 authorised consignors or consignees for transit
  • 739 single authorisations for all economic customs regimes
  • Almost 13 000 authorisations for the use of customs warehouses.

Most imports and exports are carried out using simplified procedures.


Source: DG Taxation and Customs Union