Taxation and Customs Union

Customs Risk Management

The quantity of goods that moves in and out of the EU has become so important for the past few years that it is impossible to control every shipment. It is therefore extremely important to carry out targeted controls based on risk management. The European Commission and the Member States work together hand in hand to establish a series of criteria, applicable everywhere in the EU, that the customs can use to target shipments that represent a threat to the security and safety of the EU and its citizens, the interests of legitimate traders and the E.U.’s financial interests.

Latest developments

  • A global communication campaign on ICS2, including a brand new website, were launched on 8 October 2020. ICS2 is the EU's new Advance Cargo Information System that aims to better protect Europe’s single market and its citizens with new customs safety and security measures. The programme is one of the main contributors towards establishing an integrated EU approach to reinforce customs risk management under the common risk management framework (CRMF).
  • On 20 July 2018 the Commission adopted the second progress report and Staff Working Document on the EU Strategy and Action plan. The report, in response to the Council Conclusions of December 2016, provides an overall qualitative assessment of the implementation of the EU strategy and action plan. 

What is the legal basis of customs risk management ?

Discover the articles of the Union Customs Code that apply to risk management

Customs Risk management in details

Why is risk management crucial? How does customs risk management work?

International cooperation, contact groups and national information

Find out how the European Union interacts with the Member States and international organisations on risk management