EU-UCC Working Program Follow-up
As we reported last week, TIACA along with other industry members of the EU Trade Contact Group (TCG) submitted a letter to the Directorate General for EU Taxation and Customs (DG TAXUD), expressing our ongoing concerns regarding the Member States (MS) communications to industry on potential testing and effective dates relative to IT related changes under the UCC after May 1, 2016. In a reply this week, DG TAXUD advised Trade that for better planning purposes they will collect the information from MS on a project to project level, and that this information will be updated twice annually, and will be made available to Trade in March and October. This will better inform industry on progress. We will continue to keep industry apprised as these are issued.
EU AEO Guidelines 6.0
Last week the EU’s DG TAXUD uploaded on their website the latest revision 6.0 of the EU AEO Guidelines document. Under the following link, industry will find the EU AEO program, together with more information related to it.
Revision 6.0 includes the changes related to the upcoming UCC, which is effective on 01, May 2016. What is especially new and helpful is a list of simplifications linked to the AEO status, which can be found on page 20-21. Regarding MRA (mutual recognition agreements) thee is also an increased section with information on other non EU Country’s programs. Also, you may wish to make note of Section III which informs parties on the EU AEO benefits. This section has been updated significantly.