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New customs reform in the European Union: safer and smarter management

New customs reform in the European Union: safer and smarter management

New customs reform in the European Union: safer and smarter management

The European Commission has presented a proposal for the reform of the Customs Union. It contains comprehensive and ambitious new measures that will change the outlook for customs activity through the advanced use of technology.

In this sense, the European Union’s strategy aims to lead major changes in trade and transport as it seeks to strengthen the Customs Union, optimise its procedures and reduce costs.

The three fundamental pillars of these changes are:

  • A new partnership between customs and business.
  • An updated monitoring and risk assessment model.
  • A more modern regulatory framework for e-commerce.

Overall, these measures are estimated to have an impact of €5.7 billion per year for administrations, businesses and citizens. These initiatives are expected to be implemented gradually from 2028, with a transition phase until 2038.

RFL Cargo, a full service logistics operator, offers complete customs management and processing services. With qualified experts and certifications that endorse its commitment to security, the company is on the list of logistics operators trusted by the administration throughout Europe.

The keys to the new customs regulations

With new technologies as a lever and the need to adapt to the new times of international trade, the European Commission’s proposals have priorities such as:

1. Platforms will be responsible for tax obligations and consumer rights. 

2. Simplification of customs duties.

3. Cutting red tape: a saving of 2.7 billion euros for businesses. 

4. Gateway for “trusted traders”. 

5. Use of Artificial Intelligence to strengthen surveillance. 

6. Establishment of the EU Customs Authority.

7. The e-commerce ring-fence: it removes the current threshold whereby goods valued at less than EUR 150 are exempt from customs duties.

According to the Commission, “the new regime will substantially improve cooperation between customs, market surveillance and law enforcement authorities at national and EU level, including through the exchange of information via the Data Centre”.

RFL Cargo, expert in customs management

As a customs broker, RFL Cargo is certified as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), which benefits its customers by considerably reducing the number of inspections, saving time and speeding up the necessary procedures.

In addition, the warehouses are certified by the General Directorate of Customs as: Customs Warehouse (DA), Temporary Customs Warehouse (ADT), Warehouse other than Customs Warehouse (DDA) and Bonded Warehouse. In this way, we can offer our clients the most suitable type of warehouse for their goods with significant tax benefits. An international freight forwarder that offers tailor-made logistics solutions.

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