EU Parliament approves Union Customs Code 

September 11: The EU Parliament today approved a Union Customs Code, thus clearing the way for approval by the European Council so that the new customs rules and procedures could enter into force by November 2013.

The Union Customs Code will serve as the framework for new customs rules and procedures throughout the EU—reflecting practices that until now have been implemented on a case-by-case basis. The goal is to provide greater legal certainty to businesses, and increased clarity for customs officials throughout the EU.


As noted in an EC release, the new Customs Code streamlines and simplifies customs rules and procedures, and facilitates more efficient customs transactions by:


  • Providing a paperless, fully electronic environment
  • Reinforcing quicker and more efficient customs procedures for reliable traders (Authorised Economic Operators)


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:


Douglas Zuvich

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Andrew Siciliano

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John L. McLoughlin

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Todd R. Smith

(949) 885-5617


Luis A. Abad

(212) 954-3094


Amie Ahanchian

(202) 533-3247


Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.




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