EU to Delay Deployment of Certain Electronic Customs Systems

Posted by Sila Barr on 4/29/19 5:00 PM

On April 25, 2019, the European Parliament and Council of the EU published regulation (EU) 2019/632 announcing a delay in the shift to a “complete use of electronic systems between economic operators and customs authorities”.

The regulation states that 3 groups of systems will continue to be worked on past the original deadline:

  • National electronic systems (systems that manage customs declarations, declarations of temporary storage, notifications of arrival);
  • Existing electronic systems that “must be upgraded to take account of certain requirements of the [Union Customs] Code; and
  • Three new trans-European electronic systems (systems that will manage customs status, customs debts, and centralized clearance).

The first group of systems will require deployment by 2022, while the second and third groups will require deployment by 2025.

Per the regulation, “despite the efforts made by the Union and some of the Member States at budgetary and operational levels to complete the work within the time limit given, it has become evident that some systems can only be partially deployed” by the original deadline of December 31, 2020.


EU Regulation (EU) 2019/632 can be found here:

Topics: Customs, European Union, systems