In March, Amber Road broadcasted the Union Customs Code - What You Now Need To Know webinar, which focused on an overview of the Union Customs Code from the European view. Our presenter, Arne Mielken, received several questions throughout the webinar, but did not have time to address them all during the live broadcast. We have compiled their answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:
1. Do we need export licenses for shipments from bonded stock after introducing re-export followed by transit?
The requirements for an export control license depend on the type of product, the type of destination, and the type of use. For example, if the product is a dual-use good or a military good, it will most likely require an export control license regardless of whether it is a standard export, an indirect export or an export followed by transit. The definition of an export in customs legislation differs from the definition of an export for export control legislation.
2. What are the types of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificates?
There are three types of AEO certificates. The first is called 'Customs Simplifications' (AEOC). An AEOC is issued to any economic operator established in the Community who fulfils the criteria of customs compliance, appropriate record-keeping standards and financial solvency, and requests to benefit from simplifications provided under the customs rules.
The second certification is called 'Security and Safety' (AEOS). An AEOS is issued to any economic operator established in the Community who requests to benefit from facilitations of customs controls relating to security and safety when the goods enter or leave the customs territory of the Community, fulfils the criteria of customs compliance, appropriate record-keeping standards and financial solvency, and maintains appropriate security and safety standards (an exception from the general rule of being established in the Community is provided for in Articles 14g and 14k (2) of Reg.2454/93, i.e. an airline or a shipping company).
The last certification is called, 'Customs Simplifications / Security and Safety' (AEOF). It is issued to any economic operator who is established in the Community, fulfils the criteria of customs compliance, appropriate record-keeping standards and financial solvency, and maintains appropriate security and safety standards, and requests to benefit from all the AEO benefits.
Under the Union Customs Code (UCC), there will be only 2 certificates, AEOC and AEOS, and you can hold both at the same time.
3. Should I expect an audit for AEO certificate if I was audited recently?
Yes, within the next three years you should receive communication from your customs authorities wishing to reassess your AEO certification to bring it in line with new requirements under the UCC, notably, customs competence and adherence to taxation legislation as appropriate and required.
Click here to view the entire Q&A document.
Did you miss the live webinar? Click here to view it on-demand!
Interested in learning how you can simplify export compliance? Download our Export Management brochure to learn how you can automate the export management process.