Today, the European Commission has launched a new pan-EU electronic system to make it easier for businesses to get permission to import goods.
The new Customs Decision System (CDS) will allow traders to handle up to 22 different types of customs applications online through the EU Trader Portal.
Access to the CDS is more secure than current procedures and importers in all Member States can use the same portal with applications being exchanged between all relevant customs authorities.
The new system is one of the first outcomes of the new Union Customs Code (UCC), a major overhaul of existing EU customs legislation which came into force on 1 May 2016.
An e-learning module has also been released to help the future users of the Customs Decision System to confidently use the system in accordance with their role.