Taxation and customs union

Customs Risk Management

risk managementCustoms Risk Management is essential for protecting the security and safety of the EU and its citizens, the interests of legitimate traders and EU financial interests, while at the same time enabling the smooth flow of trade.

An EU Strategy and Action Plan for customs risk management setting out the priorities was put forward by the European Commission on 21st August 2014. Practical measures are provided in a Customs Risk Management Framework that the Commission has proposed to improve. And as in all customs matters, international cooperation has a major role to play.

Latest news

  • 6 December 2016  – Council Conclusions on the Progress Report on the implementation of the EU Strategy and Action Plan for customs risk management were adopted by the Council at its 3506th meeting held on 6 December 2016.
  • 19 July 2016   - Commission adopts progress report and staff working document on EU Strategy and Action Plan for Customs Risk Management

    The report provides an overall qualitative assessment of the implementation of the Strategy. According to the report, the reform of customs risk management adapted to today's reality of increased volume and speed of international trade is a resource-intensive exercise.  Although a large number of actions have been launched, progress has been uneven. It is most noticeable on actions which fall within the remit of customs despite the fact that insufficient financing to develop the required IT systems is a major issue. Progress has been slower for those actions requiring more cooperation between customs and other authorities. In view of today's risks to security, customs cooperation with other law enforcement and security authorities deserves more attention and needs to be brought forward.

    The availability of resources to fully implement customs risk management as identified in the Strategy and Action Plan will require further in-depth consideration.