Focussing on shifting from paper-based procedures to electronic systems

As of 5 February, a new version of the European Union Customs Data Model (EUCDM) web-publication went live and accessible for the whole world. The new version (EUCDM 3.0) reflects all the recent changes in the customs legislation which affects the data requirements. By using the web-publication of the EUCDM all interested parties can see the legal provisions of the UCC DA and UCC IA in a reader-friendly, structured way, thus facilitating the use of information.

The EUCDM is the data model for Customs trans-European systems (such as NCTS, AES and ICS) and for Member States national systems (such as import, including Centralised Clearance). A major goal of the UCC is the shift to a complete use of electronic systems and the end of paper-based procedures.

Clecat members provide more than 80% of custom declarations

The objective of the EUCDM is therefore to provide a technical instrument that models the data requirements laid down in EU Customs legislation and present a single and genuine source of information for the technical developments of the different IT systems that are used for data processing by customs in the EU. The EUCDM also contains the mapping of the data requirements against the WCO Data Model.

According to the EU Commission, the backbone of the EUCDM is the data provided by the private sector to customs authorities by means of the different declarations and notifications. The members of CLECAT (freight forwarders, customs brokers and other logistic service providers) provide more than 80% of all those customs declarations and notifications.

Source: European Commission