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New ‘Exporter’ definition in the Union Customs Code

29 April 2016

Discussions took place over the last months, at the level of the European Commission, on the new definition of ‘Exporter’. The European Commission recently provided the final version of a guidance note entitled 'Guidance on export and exit from the European Union'. The Belgian Customs Authorities have also published further clarification on how this new definition should be interpreted.

Decrees on direct and indirect customs representation published

7 April 2016

The long expected Royal and Ministerial decrees on direct and indirect customs representation were published on 6 April 2016:

  • Royal Decree of 13 March 2016 establishing the customs procedures and the modalities for which direct and indirect representation can be applied (O.J. 6.04.2016, 22724 – 22725)
  • Royal Decree of 13 March 2016 establishing the requirements for managing the register for customs representatives, the proof of sufficient knowledge of customs, VAT and excise regulations and professional qualifications to act as a customs representative (O.J. 6.04.2016, 22726 - 22731)
  • Royal Decree of 18 March 2016 establishing the conditions under which the enrolled persons in the register for customs representatives may be registered in said register (O.J. 6.04.2016, 22732 – 22733)

Delegated and Implementing Act of the UCC published

8 January 2016

On 29 December 2015, the Implementing Act adopted by the Commission on 24 November 2015, and the Delegated Act adopted by the Commission on 28 July 2015, were published in the Official Journal of the European Union (L343). Their entry into force is scheduled for 18 January 2016, the 20th day following publication date. However, the provisions of both regulations will only apply as from 1 May 2016 to enable the full application of the Union Customs Code (UCC). 

Is your supply chain UCC-proof already?

4 February 2015

As readers may know, a very exciting period regarding European customs law is on the horizon.

On 10 October 2013, the Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of 9 October 2013 laying down the Union Customs Code was published in the European Official Journal (OJ L 269, 10 October 2013, p. 1 – Corrigendum OJ L 287, 29 October 2013). Its substantive provisions will only apply from 1 May 2016, once the UCC-related Commission acts (Delegated and Implementing Acts) are adopted and in force and this no later than 1 May 2016. Time is therefore limited for adapting to this new legislation.

Many changes will take place, affecting all internationally oriented businesses.

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