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Interrogazione parlamentare - E-009385/2011(ASW)Interrogazione parlamentare
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    Answer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the Commission

    1. The current local clearance procedure will continue to exist under the term ‘entry in the declarant's records’ in the framework of the Modernised Customs Code (MCC). Under this procedure customs authorities may waive the obligation of notifying the arrival of goods to the competent customs office. The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has asked the Commission and Member States to be more restrictive with regard to this facilitation. The aim is to restrict the conditions to use this facilitation but to maintain it for appropriate cases.

    2. It is intended to maintain under the MCC, in the context of a customs declaration made by entry in the declarant's records, the possibility of a notification waiver which exists today for the local clearance procedure. However, the conditions for the use of this simplification will take into account the observations of the ECA in its report on simplified procedures.

    3. Given the large amount of such consignments, the aim is to automate as much as possible the handling of customs declarations notably in order to allow for electronic risk analysis. The Commission is examining if simplifications can be maintained in the ongoing harmonisation process and, should this not be the case, if alternative facilitations for the import and export of low value goods should be introduced.

    4. Until finalisation of the WTO harmonisation work, every country in the world is entitled to create its own non‑preferential rules of origin. EU exporters will have to respect the rules of the importing country, under the current situation as well as under the future legislation. The implementing provisions under discussion do not increase their administrative burden.

    5. See Commission's reply to Written Question E‑002959/2011[1].

    OJ C 168 E, 14/06/2012