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24.01.2015

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REVISED VERSION OF THE WCO SAFE FRAMEWORK OF STANDARDS

The WCO has recently confirmed that a new version of SAFE Framework of Standards is foreseen for 2015. Adopted in 2005 to secure and facilitate global trade, the WCO adopted various revised versions of the SAFE Framework. In 2007, there was the incorporation into its text of detailed provisions on conditions and requirements for Customs and Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), initially developed in a separate document. In 2010 the WCO issued its SAFE Package which brought together all WCO instruments and guidelines that support implementation of the SAFE Framework.

While today the SAFE Framework rests on two pillars of Customs-to-Customs network arrangements and Customs-to-Business partnerships, the new revised version will incorporate a third pillar on Customs-to-other government agencies cooperation as well as pre-loading air cargo information.

CLECAT MEETS RAPPORTEUR ON THE UCC DAS

MEP Philippe Juvin, Rapporteur on the Union Customs Code (UCC) Delegated Acts (DAs) at the European Parliament organized three meetings with the Trade Contact Group (TCG) and DG TAXUD representatives to discuss and review positions on the Das.

The last meeting was held on 19th January 2015 in the European Parliament in the presence of the Shadow Rapporteurs and a delegation of the DG TAXUD including the Director of the Customs Directorate Mr Kermode. CLECAT and other members of the TCG had the opportunity to highlight the problems that economic operators face with regards to the DAs.

CLECAT PARTICIPATES IN AMCHAM MEETING ON SECURITY

CLECAT participated this week in a conference hosted by AmCham on ‘Facilitating Secure Trade and Economic Growth- Customs and Border Security Risk Management.’ The conference started with an opening address by Heike Barczyk, Deputy Director Compliance and Facilitation, World Customs Organization, who discussed among other issues SAFE framework of standards, coordinated border management system and how to ensure the security of EU citizens by providing them with genuine goods. Following the opening address there was a panel discussion on how customs can contribute to the secure, safe and business continuity in the supply chain. The panel focused on the importance of a balance between trade facilitation and security. Panellists also discussed how advanced data and IT solutions can help to facilitate trade. The keynote speaker was Heinz Zourek, Director General, DG Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission. He provided insight on the harmonised VAT reform and the need for IT solutions, benefits for the Authorised Economic Operators and the growing influx of counterfeited goods from both outside and inside Europe.

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