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Union Customs Code

Studie 26-09-2018

The study examines whether the Union Customs Code is being properly implemented for the benefit of the European consumers, businesses and EU budget. It covers the complex legislative and administrative framework of the UCC and its governance structure. It assesses the impact of the transitional measures attached to the UCC. It moreover addresses the specific challenges raised in the area of E-Commerce.

Freier Warenverkehr

Kurzdarstellungen zur EU 01-11-2017

Der freie Warenverkehr – die erste der vier Grundfreiheiten des Binnenmarkts – wird durch die Abschaffung von Zöllen und mengenmäßigen Beschränkungen sowie durch das Verbot von Maßnahmen mit gleicher Wirkung gewährleistet. Die Grundsätze der gegenseitigen Anerkennung, der Beseitigung physischer und technischer Hindernisse und der Förderung der Normung wurden hinzugefügt, um zur Vollendung des Binnenmarkts beizutragen. Durch die Annahme des Neuen Rechtsrahmens im Jahr 2008 wurden die Vorschriften ...

In December 2016, the European Commission adopted its long-term plan to strengthen the governance and management of the EU customs union. The customs union, in place since 1968, is a pillar of the single market, and vital to the free flow of goods and services. According to the Commission, a strong customs system helps foster competitive businesses, increases wealth, and also protects against terrorist, health, and environmental threats. The customs union operates under the legal framework of the ...

This Study provides an analysis of the effects of the present divergence of the customs sanctioning systems of the Member States of the EU, as well as of the proposal of the European Commission for a Directive to harmonise the customs infringements and sanctions. A number of conclusions and recommendations on the preferred model for the EU is provided. The Study was prepared for Policy Department A on the request of European Parliament´s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

Der Titel „Protokoll zur Änderung des Übereinkommens von Marrakesch zur Errichtung der Welthandelsorganisation“ mutet sehr förmlich an, allerdings zielt das Protokoll ganz konkret auf die Praxis ab – nämlich auf die Modernisierung des Zollwesens und anderer Verfahren. Ziel ist ein reibungsloserer Ablauf des internationalen Handels. Mit einem Beschluss seitens der EU würde ein großer Schritt in Richtung des Inkrafttretens des Übereinkommens gemacht.

The world has seen rapid growth of preferential trade and investment agreements (PTAs) that, by definition, aim to go beyond the existing WTO obligations of the parties. With this growth comes the danger of incompatible obligations as these PTAs overlap within a country. This study examines the sources of overlap in various PTAs and the compliance costs that PTAs may create for a developing country, with a special focus on the agricultural realm. Examining the reality of divergent SPS standards, ...

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was the principal outcome of the World Trade Organization's Ninth Ministerial Conference, held in December 2013. The TFA, part of the wider 'Bali package', covers issues including advanced rulings, transparency, goods in transit, specific issues responding to the concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and simplifying customs formalities. The agreement represents a significant breakthrough, as it is the first multilateral agreement concluded by ...

The Andean Community: economic integration

Auf einen Blick 09-12-2014

The Andean Community of Nations (CAN), made up of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru (Venezuela was a member until 2006, when it withdrew to join Mercosur), has already established a free trade area, with free movement of goods and services (with a few exceptions), but has not yet agreed on a common external tariff that would allow the creation of a common market. A legal instrument has also been adopted to enable the gradual free movement of labour within the region, but this has not yet been fully ...

Updating the EU Customs Code

Auf einen Blick 05-09-2013

The EU's current customs code is still based on procedures involving paper documents. In order to modernise the rules and adapt the legislation to the electronic environment, the European Commission has proposed to amend the pending modified customs code and postpone its full implementation until 2020.

During the past ten years the number of shipments detained due to suspected infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR) has been rising sharply. To prevent counterfeits from entering the EU market, the European Commission (EC) has proposed to revise existing customs regulation by broadening its scope and simplifying procedures for their destruction.