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Over the last week I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on the New Customs Code organized by the Headquarters Spanish Customs.

For many years, the professionals from the logistics sector have lived different realities depending if we pursue the activity in Spain or Netherlands or Italy. The rules governing the international trade within the Customs Union territory are the same for all countries and operators, however the law enforcement interpretation has not been uniform.

It seems that one of the targets of the New Customs Code is, precisely, having a common understanding and enforcement, regardless the physical location of the recipients of the rule. Welcome to the principle to equality in the regulation enforcement.

So, having clear this target, what kind of treatment will receive the economic operators established in the European Union? Will the European companies competitiveness boost from their competitors? What kind of practical benefits will enjoy the trusted operators?

I gather here some words I heard during the workshop presentations: competitiveness is a driver of the new Customs Code, customs has a facilitation role, this is a protection of financial interest regulation.

Apparently, some of these words may appear contradictory, unless we understand the protected interest belong to everyone. How to forget the adagio: Treasury is all of us (the taxpayers).

Trusted operators, (A.E.O´s: Authorized Economic Operators) will play a fundamental role in the day bay day foreign trade operations inside the European Customs territory. Once any company attains the A.E.O. status, it will enjoy customs processes simplification and other advantages which will be internationally recognized.   

In this same trusted operator vocation, SGS operates in N.C.T.S (New Computerized Transit System) for over 10 years. SGS acts as a Principal (guarantor) in common and community transit operations, being well established in 15 countries both inside and outside of the European Union.

SGS collaborates closely with tax administrations and economic operators in such countries offering guarantees in transit operations through the service TransitNet®.

And from 2016 TransitNet® is operating in Spain too. So, we welcome also TransitNet® Spain.

For further information please contact:

José Juan Domínguez Cabrerizo
Governments & Institutions (GIS)
TransitNet Project Manager Spain
C/ Trespaderne 29 3ª Planta
28042 Madrid
Telf: +34 913138000
Móvil: +34 628015100

About SGS

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