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Taxation and Customs Union

EU Customs Data Model (EUCDM)

What is it?

The EU Customs Data Model (EUCDM) is the model for:

  • trans-European customs systems such as NCTS, AES, ICS
  • national customs clearance systems in the EU.

It is a technical instrument that:

  • models the data requirements laid down by EU customs legislation
  • presents a single, authoritative source of information for national customs authorities wanting to make technical developments to their own IT systems

EUCDM is based on data provided by traders to customs authorities in the various declarations and notifications required under EU customs legislation (for the data requirements, formats and codes, see Annex B in both the UCC-DA and the UCC-IA).

Compatibility with WCO (World Customs Organization)

The EUCDM also maps these data requirements against the WCO Data Model, to:

  • show the EU model is fully compatible with the WCO model
  • link the EUCDM's data elements with their corresponding data elements in the WCO Data Model, and so identify a clear relationship between customs needs and data from economic operators

The goal is to extend the future scope of the EUCDM by supplementing its current content (data requirements provided for in UCC-DA and UCC-IA Annex B) with those provided for in UCC-DA and UCC-IA Annex A and elements used for response messages and data exchange between customs authorities.

Customisable tool

Because the EUCDM has been designed with the data mapping tool used by the WCO for its Data Model, it can be customised by national customs authorities for their own purposes, in full compliance with EU customs rules. They can also use the EUCDM in any of its publicly-available formats.

2019 16 DecEuropean Customs Data Model version 5.1

The European Customs Data Model Version 5.1 (EUCDM) is available on the EUCDM website.

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