Taxation and customs union

Customs consultations

Open dialogue involving the European Commission, stakeholders and interested parties helps ensure that rules and regulatory proposals keep pace with reality of rapid change. This dialogue helps to achieve the regulatory efficiency we need to foster best administrative and legislative practice tailored to meet the needs of business in the European Union in the third millenium.

The Commission is responding to ever-wider use of the Internet by making greater use of Interactive Policy Making (IPM) and similar Internet-based tools as an additional means to evaluate existing EU policies and conduct consultations on new initiatives. We hope that businesses, consumers and citizens will use these tools wherever possible, to help us to respond faster and more accurately to their needs.

This page provides an access point to consult the list of planned, open and closed consultations for customs. On our website you will also find an overview of tax consultations.

For further consultations and discussion fora, please consult "Your Voice in Europe".



Planned consultations

Title & description Policy activity Target group LAUNCHING date

Public consultation on the exchange of customs related information with third countries









All interested parties on exchange of customs related information with third countries. This includes contributions from citizens, companies, NGOs, academics, public authorities, international organisations, etc.        









Open consultations

There are no open consultations for the moment.



Closed consultations


Title & Description Policy Activity Target Group Closing Date Results & follow-up
Open public consultation for the Evaluation of the European Customs Inventory of Chemical Substances (ECICS) Customs Businesses, professional associations, public authorities, customs laboratories, international organizations and any other possible users of the ECICS database. 06/06/2017  
Consultation on rules on imports of cultural goods Customs Citizens, companies, NGOs, academics, public authorities, international organisations 23/01/2017  
Public consultation on a review of Regulation (EC) N° 1889/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 “on controls of cash entering or leaving the Community” The proposal would impact several policy areas, notably Customs, Taxation, Trade, Home Affairs, Justice, Internal Market.
Public authorities, organisations (including SMEs) and citizens (both inside and outside the European Union).
Consultation on VAT collection procedures in relation to centralised customs clearance Customs/Taxation
Public and businesses
Review of customs legislation on enforcement of intellectual property rights
Public and stakeholders
Results and summary report
Customs tariff and chemical classification: Five minutes to tailor our services to your needs
Economic operators
Customs and security: draft implementing provisions concerning new security and safety measures
Economic operators
Modernized Customs Code Rev. 4 - annex to impact assessment Customs Business, administrations and any other stakeholders 31/01/2005
Modernized Community Customs Code Customs Business, administrations and any other stakeholders 30/08/2004
The future of rules of origin in preferential trade arrangements Customs Business, administrations and any other stakeholders 15/03/2004 Summary report