European Shippers’ Council Webinar discussed European Customs Reform

24 May 2024, the European Shippers’ Council EU Customs Webinar brought together experts and stakeholders to discuss changes brought by the EU Customs Reform. Speakers shared insights on challenges and opportunities in customs processes, aiming to simplify procedures and enhance efficiency.

Ms Hernandez Guerrero, Head of Unit of DG TAXUD, outlined the complexities of current customs processes, emphasising the need for simplification and integration. He highlighted the proposal to establish an EU Customs Data Hub and form EU Customs Authorities to streamline operations.

Mr Brocardi, President of ODASCE, delved into the intricacies of customs representation reform, stressing the importance of clarity and accountability. Proposed changes aim to harmonise non-criminal sanctions across member states, ensuring consistent enforcement.

Frank Heijmann, Counsellor on Customs at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU, provided an overview of ongoing council discussions, emphasisng the collaborative effort to refine customs proposals. Balancing effective governance with trade facilitation, particularly in e-commerce, emerged as a key focus.

Ms Enrika Naujoke, CEO of Customs Clear, highlighted the strategic importance of addressing legal complexity and data quality issues. Leveraging technology and standardising knowledge were identified as crucial strategies for navigating customs reforms effectively.

Mr Shakespeare, Director of Strategic Projects and International Development at the Institute of Export & International Trade, underscored the opportunities presented by customs reforms, particularly in digital trade. Embracing standardised customs practices and fostering trust through programmess like Trust and Check were identified as key drivers for facilitating compliant trade.

Godfried Smit, Secretary General of ESC, discussed Authorised Economic Operator and Trust and Check, emphasisng the need for clear guidelines and stakeholder engagement. Balancing increased responsibilities with practical realities emerged as a critical consideration for businesses and customs authorities.

The webinar concluded with a shared vision of a more efficient and streamlined customs ecosystem in the European Union, driven by collaboration and innovation. ESC presented EUROPRO, an organisation focusing on customs knowledge and aiming at extending customs cooperation with new members facilitating trade.

Coming events on customs:

The 35th European Customs Law Day, Mannheim, Germany, 13-14 June 2024

The 17 edition, European Customs Conference, Marseille, France, 20-24 November 2024