Taxation and Customs Union

UCC - Work Programme

The UCC Work Programme has a 3-fold objective:

  1. define the projects and electronic systems aimed at:
    • the harmonised exchange of information on the basis of internally accepted data models and message formats
    • the reengineering of customs and customs related processes to enhance their efficiency, effectiveness and uniform application and reducing compliance costs
    • offering to economic operators a wide range of electronic customs services, for them to be able to interact in the same way with the customs authorities of any Member State.
  2. set out an extensive plan for the implementation of those systems in order to ensure the correct application of the UCC.
  3. govern the periods during which transitional rules are to be applied pending the deployment of the new or upgraded systems


Planning of the electronic systems defined in the UCC WP


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The UCC Work Programme establishes the following 'dates of the deployment' of the trans-European and national systems:

  1. the start date of the deployment window for the electronic systems, to be understood as the earliest date to start operations of the electronic system;
  2. the end date of the deployment window for the electronic systems, to be understood as
  • the latest date by which the systems need to be operated by all Member States and used by all economic operators, and as well as
  • the end date of the validity of the transitional period.

The Member States will further detail the national planning for the systems being developed and deployed within these time-windows and transmit it to the Commission for publication. The national planning information provided to the Commission is now available in a consolidated form. In addition Sweden has provided specific planning information about their Customs Warehousing project.


Legal basis

The Work Programme relating to the development and deployment of the electronic systems provided for in the UCC has been initially established in April 2014 by the Implementing decision 2014/255/EU. It has been subject to a first revision replacing it by decision 2016/578/EU of 11 April 2016.

The UCC Work Programme will be updated on a regular basis to take into account the latest developments and progress.


Further information about the individual projects and their scope

1. UCC Registered Exporter System (REX)

The system will be a trans-European system containing information on Registered Exporters established in GSP countries and exporting goods to the Union. It will also include data about EU economic operators for the purpose of supporting exports to GSP countries.



2. UCC Binding Tariff  Information (BTI)

The project aims at providing an upgrade of the existing trans-European EBTI-3 system and Surveillance 2 system to ensure the following:

(a) alignment of the EBTI-3 system to the UCC requirements;
(b) extension of under-surveillance-required declaration data;
(c) monitoring of the compulsory BTI usage;
(d) monitoring and management of BTI extended usage.

The project will be implemented in two phases.

The first phase will provide the functionality to receive the UCC required declaration dataset (i.e. step 1) as of 1 March 2017 in a gradual manner until the implementation of the projects listed in points 10 and 14 hereof (and at the latest by 31 December 2020), and, secondly, fulfil the obligation of BTI usage control on the basis of the newly required declaration dataset and the alignment to the customs decisions process (i.e. step 2).

The second phase will implement the electronic form of the BTI application and decision and provide for the economic operators an EU harmonised trader interface to submit the BTI application and receive the BTI decision electronically.


3. UCC Customs Decisions

The project aims at harmonising the processes related to the application for a customs decision, the decision-taking and the decision management through standardisation and electronic management of application and decision/authorisation data across the Union.
More information on the Customs Decisions System


4. Direct trader access to the European Information Systems (Uniform User Management & Digital Signature)

The goal of this project is to provide working solutions for a direct and EU-harmonised trader access as a service for user-to-system interfaces to be integrated in the electronic customs systems as defined in the specific UCC projects. The Uniform User Management and Digital Signature will be integrated in the portals of the concerned systems and includes support for identity, access and user management compliant with the necessary security policies.

The first deployment is foreseen together with the UCC Customs Decisions system.
Afterwards, this technical enabler for authentication and user management will be made available for usage in other UCC projects such as the UCC BTI, UCC AEO upgrade UCC Proof of Union Status system and potentially also the UCC Information Sheets (INF) for Special Procedures system. See the different projects for the dates of deployment.


5. UCC Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) upgrade

The project aims to improve the business processes related to AEO applications and authorisations taking into account the changes of the legal provisions of the UCC.

In the first phase, the project aims at implementing the major enhancements to the AEO system in view of the harmonisation to the customs decision taking procedure.

In the second phase, the project will implement the electronic form of the AEO application and decision and provide for the economic operators an EU harmonised interface to submit the AEO application and receive the AEO decision electronically.


6. UCC Economic Operator Registration and Identification System upgrade (EORI 2)

This project aims at providing a minor upgrade of the existing trans-European EORI system that enables the registration and identification of economic operators of the Union and third country operators and persons other than economic operators that are active on customs matters in the Union.


7. UCC Surveillance 3

This project aims at providing an upgrade of the Surveillance 2+ system to ensure its alignment to the UCC requirements such as the standard exchange of information by electronic data-processing techniques and the establishment of adequate functionalities needed for processing and analysing the full surveillance dataset obtained from Member States.


8. UCC Proof of Union Status (PoUS)

The project aims at the creation of a new trans-European system to store, manage and retrieve the following electronic Proofs of Union Status: T2L/F and the customs goods manifest (issued by a non-authorised issuer).


9. UCC New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) upgrade

The aim of this project is to align the existing trans-European NCTS system to the new UCC requirements such as the registration of "en route" events and the alignment of information exchanges to UCC data requirements and the upgrade and development of interfaces with other systems.


10. UCC Automated Export System (AES)

This project aims to implement the UCC requirements for export and exit.

Component 1 - "Trans-European AES":

The aim of the project is to further develop the existing trans-European Export Control System in order to implement a full AES that would cover the business requirements for processes and data brought about by the UCC, inter alia the coverage of simplified procedures, split exit consignments and centralised clearance for export. It is also envisaged to cover the development of harmonised interfaces with Excise Movement System (EMCS) and NCTS. As such, AES will enable the full automation of export procedures and exit formalities. AES covers parts to be developed centrally and nationally.

Component 2 – "National Export Systems upgrade":

In addition, not being part of the scope of AES but closely linked, separate national systems are to be upgraded for specific national elements related to export and/or exit formalities.  As far as these elements do not have an impact on the common domain for AES, they can be covered under this component.


11. UCC Information Sheets (INF) for Special Procedures

The aim of this project is to develop a new trans-European system to support and streamline the processes of INF data management and the electronic handling of INF data in the domain of Special Procedures.


12. UCC Special Procedures

This project aims at accelerating, facilitating and harmonising Special Procedures across the Union by means of providing common business process models. The national systems will implement all UCC changes required for customs warehousing, end-use, temporary admission, inward and outward processing.

This project will be implemented in two parts.

Component 1 - "National SP EXP": provide the required national electronic solutions for the export related special procedures activities.

Component 2 - "National SP IMP": provide the required national electronic solutions for the import related special procedures activities.

The implementation of these projects will occur through the projects listed in points 10 and 14 hereof.


13. UCC Notification of Arrival, Presentation Notification and Temporary Storage

The goal of this project is to define the processes for Notification of Arrival of the means of transport, Presentation of the goods (Presentation Notification) and Declaration for Temporary Storage as described in the UCC and to support harmonisation in this respect across the Member States as regards the data exchange between trade and customs.

The project covers the automation of processes at national level.


14. UCC National Import Systems upgrade

The project aims at implementing all process and data requirements deriving from the UCC which relate to the import domain (and which are not covered by one of the other projects defined in the Work Programme). It relates mainly to the changes for the "Release for free circulation" procedure (standard procedure + simplifications), but covers also the impact arising from other system migrations. This project relates to the national import domain covering the national customs declarations processing systems as well as other systems such as national accountancy and payment systems.


15. UCC Centralised Clearance for Import (CCI)

This project aims to allow for goods to be placed under a customs procedure using centralised clearance, allowing economic operators to centralise their business from a customs viewpoint. The processing of the customs declaration and the physical release of the goods should be coordinated between the related customs offices. It concerns a trans-European system containing components developed centrally and nationally.


16. UCC Guarantee Management (GUM)

This project aims to assure the effective and efficient management of the different types of guarantees.

Component 1 – "GUM": The trans-European system will cover the management of the comprehensive guarantees that may be used in more than one Member State and the monitoring of the reference amount for each customs declaration, supplementary declaration or an appropriate information of the particulars needed for the entry in the accounts for the existing customs debts for all customs procedures as provided for in the Union Customs Code, except Transit which is handled as part of the NCTS project.

Component 2 – "National Guarantee Management": In addition, the electronic systems existing at national level to manage the guarantees valid in one Member State are to be upgraded.


17. UCC Import Control System upgrade (ICS 2)

The goal of this project is to strengthen the safety and security of the supply chain for all modes of transport and especially air cargo, by means of improving data quality, data filing, data availability and data sharing as regards the entry summary declaration and related risk and control information (ENS+ lifecycle).

The project will also facilitate the collaboration amongst Member States in the process of risk analysis. It will lead to a complete new architecture of the existing trans-European ICS system.