Customs & Procedures

Smooth customs clearance is crucial for the timely availability of consumer goods and efficient global supply chains. EU trade legislation requires an overhaul to facilitate this flow. FTA works to ensure practical solutions in customs clearance and customs policy matters meet the interests of members and consumers.

FTA focuses on a few key priority areas:

  • As part of the modernisation of EU customs, the Union Customs Code (UCC) is becoming applicable between 2016 and 2020. FTA believes that the full potential of a modern customs legislation has not been totally exploited and advocates for a more ambitious overhaul that reflects business needs and the quickly evolving reality of global value chains
  • FTA supports a simplification of EU rules of origin to ease customs declarations and reduce costs
  • FTA advocates for the systematic use of non-preferential rules of origin, where the last substantial transformation would be decisive.
  • FTA monitors developments under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)