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BIKE EUROPE: BRUSSELS, Belgium (May 25) – There is a European law underway that will impose new and uniform obligations onto the import from third countries. The measures have been developed with a view to ensuring security, especially in the light of international terrorism and to countering the proliferation of counterfeit goods. Following the future […]

BIKE EUROPE: BRUSSELS, Belgium (May 25) – There is a European law underway that will impose new and uniform obligations onto the import from third countries. The measures have been developed with a view to ensuring security, especially in the light of international terrorism and to countering the proliferation of counterfeit goods.
Following the future law, economic operators will have to provide EU customs with a summary declaration of their goods before they enter the Union. The deadlines for such declarations will be specified in implementing regulations which are currently being prepared by experts and will probably become effective around mid-2006.
The deadline for the declaration is expected to be set at 24 hours before import by sea. In all other cases, it will probably be limited to two hours before the goods enter the Union for electronic notification and 4 hours for paper notification. Apparently, electronic declarations will be the rule, paper versions will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.If an operator meets certain conditions, he will be able to obtain the status of ‘authorised economic operator’. As a result, he will benefit from less exhaustive customs controls. For that ‘accreditation’, he will have to show a good record of compliance with customs requirements and a sound system of managing commercial records. He will also have to prove that he has taken the necessary security measures.
The declaration will have to be lodged by or on behalf of the person who brings the goods into the EU territory or the person who is responsible for the carriage of the goods after they have entered the EU.

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