Air freight concerned about new EU Customs Code

TIACA has raised a warning flag over Europe’s Union Customs Code (UCC) which comes into eff ect in less than six months, saying in a note to its members that the UCC will have a “considerable impact on businesses importing into, or exporting from, the European Union (EU).”


TIACA has raised a warning flag over Europe’s Union Customs Code (UCC) which comes into effect in less than six months, saying in a note to its members that the UCC will have a “considerable impact on businesses importing into, or exporting from, the European Union (EU).”

Th e pending regulations set to come into effect in May 2016 look to impose an obligation on &&shippers && forwarders to provide financial guarantees such as to cover duty payments and for the use of temporary storage, an obligation which can be waived, but only on the basis of a specific authorisation to be granted by EU Member States.

“It currently appears that the appropriate systems will not be in place to provide, handle, and maintain those authorisations.

It looks as if it will be virtually impossible to apply for a new guarantee or a waiver in time,” said Doug Brittin secretary general of Th e International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).

The move is expected to create a rush for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certifications as that particular accreditation offers a number of exemptions and waivers under the UCC which are only available to companies with AEO status. But shippers and forwarders are concerned that the accreditation system in place will not be able to handle the rush for AEO authorisations before the deadline.