Ref. Ares(2016)2126156 - 04/05/2016
The future Union Customs Code: customs’ control and trade facilitation
The European Union (EU) adopted the new Union Customs Code (UCC) in 2013, with a view to
modernising, simplifying, and streamlining customs’ procedures throughout the EU, which DPDHL
can only but support.
We are now at a final stage of the adoption of the whole package, as the UCC Delegate Act (DA) and
Implementing Act (IA) were published last December and the UCC Transitional Delegated Act (TDA)
was recently sent for approval to the European Parliament.
DPDHL has been actively involved in this process to ensure that a balance is found between customs’
control efficiency and trade facilitation. One of our main priorities is the treatment of low value
shipments where we aim at preserving current customs’ simplified processes. If DPDHL has raised
some concerns as regards certain provisions of the UCC DA, we were satisfied with the collaborative
approach of the European Commission (EC) when drafting the TDA. This has enabled to come up
with a sensible proposal, where most of our current processes are authorised up until May 2020.
When revising the UCC DA, and based on what has been achieved in the TDA, is the
Commission open to solutions that would take into account the need for trade facilitation
measures, in particular in the case of low-value shipments for postal and express operators?
Is the free movement of goods in danger?
The free movement of goods is one of the foundations of the EU Internal Market, and one on which
the viability of the transport and logistics industry relies upon. The Single Market Act was launched
in 2011 to boost competition and foster the mobility of citizens and businesses. DPDHL has been
actively contributing to releasing the full potential of the Single Market as an engine for growth.
The EU is today at a turning point in its history with challenges in the fields of immigration and the
fight against terrorism, which raises questions on how to handle the transport of goods within its
territory. In this context, DPDHL is concerned that overburdened EU regulatory initiatives and
fragmented national-driven approaches might hamper the EC’s ambition of a deeper Internal Market
for growth and jobs.
How does the EC intend to implement its new Internal Market Strategy in the light of the
Digital Single Market – avoid unnecessary regulation and administrative burdens on the parcel
Completing the Digital Single Market is one of the top priorities of the European Commission. One of
the pillars also includes announced initiatives on price transparency and regulatory oversight in the
parcel delivery sector.
How will the Commission ensure that these initiatives will not lead to an unnecessary
burden in a competitive market?