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The situation in brief. UCC aims to modernize and digitalize customs to make it easier for authorities and businesses alike. But this transparency and easy flow of digital information requires consistent and accurate data. There will also be the new self- assessment that involves reporting of customs activity and payment of customs fees at pre-determined periodic intervals, similar to the current VAT reporting. What’s more, the customs data itself will be more comprehensive and detailed with UCC. In short, good quality data will be vital.

What you need to do now.

  • How good is your data quality?
  • How accurate is your source data?
  • How will the new legislation impact your source data?

How your business can benefit. Full digitalization will not be implemented until a later phase of the UCC implementation. But poor quality data may leave you open to risks in the future. The data you produce and collect from now on - as well as its quality - will have a great impact on how successfully you implement UCC and how much you can take advantage of it and gain a competitive edge.

The situation in brief. All existing customs permits will be reconsidered at some point during the UCC implementation period. On top of this, customs permits will cover new activities such as centralized clearance and self-assessment. What you need to do now.

What you need to do now.

  • Learn which criteria are needed for the permits relevant to your business
  • Check when the customs authorities plan to review your current permits and plan accordingly
  • Withdraw permits you no longer need
  • Plan the application process for new permits
  • Understanding how to apply for permits in your country:
    • Do you need to fill out paper forms?
    • Can you apply electronically?
    • Do you need authorization to apply electronically?
  • Stay updated via the information from the customs authority in your country

How your business can benefit. If you understand the full permit situation for existing and even new activities, you can plan ahead more confidently. You’ll also be in control of how permits can impact your business model - both positively and negatively.

The situation in brief. UCC promises more efficient customs handling and digitalization is at the heart of that. Customs authorities throughout the EU will be required to have software that can handle the full data sets that form the basis for the common UCC "electronic customs". These data sets are wider than their current systems. Full digitalization will have an obvious impact on the customs systems businesses use to submit information and declarations. And, in some cases, the change will involve going from a manual process to a completely digital one.

What you need to do now

  • If you are utilizing your own software to manage customs declarations:
    • Monitor upcoming changes in system requirements
    • Decide whether to keep your own system or to utilize your customs broker’s system
  • If you employ the services of customs brokers:
    • Make sure that your customs broker’s system is in line with upcoming changes

How your business can benefit. Full digitalization will occur at a later stage of the UCC implementation. But if you use your own customs software, the software implementation should be budgeted and incorporated as soon as possible into your company’s existing IT planning. At the very least, it should be on the agenda. And if you are working with a customs broker, make sure you have a partner capable of taking you smoothly into the future.

The situation in brief. They say knowledge is power. And clearly those who get to grips with the new legislation and requirements including how it affects their own business will be in a powerful position. But how many people in your business have or will have that competence? What happens if they leave and take their knowledge with them? With UCC, you need to make sure that you have the necessary customs competence in your company - now and in the future.

What you need to do now.

  • Is there sufficient competence within the company?
  • Is the competence where it is needed?
  • Document your routines now to ensure a smooth knowledge transfer later

How your business can benefit. With the right customs competence in the different areas of the business you can ensure a smoother day-to-day operation. But you will also avoid making costly mistakes and can make better decisions for your business with an awareness of the impact customs issues can have.

The situation in brief. New legislation and new demands will put pressure on your customs handling routines. If your internal processes are lacking then there’s a great risk of making expensive mistakes with the unfamiliar new rules and even missing out on the benefits for your business.

What you need to do now.

  • Are your customs routines up to date and reflect how you actually work?
  • Are you using correct commodity codes?
  • Is the customs value correct?
  • Is the origin of products determined according to the rules?
  • Do you have the proper documents to support issuing certificates of origin in accordance with free trade agreements?

How your business can benefit. Remove the risks and reap the rewards with strong internal routines. Always with the confidence that you are doing the right things.