Brussels lays out Single Window plans

The European Commission has set out an EU Single Window Environment for Customs initiative to make it easier for different authorities involved in goods clearance to exchange electronic information submitted by tradersIt aims to enhance cooperation and coordination between different authorities, in order to facilitate automatic verification of non-customs formalities for goods entering or leaving the EU.The Single Window aims to digitalise and streamline processes, so that businesses will ultimately ... [+]

Brussels plans to make customs smarter

The European Commission has launched a new Customs Union Action Plan to make EU customs smarter, more innovative and more efficient over the next four years. The Commission says that member states' customs authorities are struggling with the challenges of performing their various roles amid major challenges such as the current ... [+]

Golf dinner gets EU trade chief sacked

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan has resigned after being accused of flouting coronavirus rules during a visit to his native Ireland. He attended a golf dinner with 80 attendees a time when he was supposed to be observing quarantine for 14 days. He also travelled to and from County Kildare ... [+]

Brussels sets up lifeline to Africa

The European Commission has set up an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to transport humanitarian workers and emergency supplies for the coronavirus response to critical areas of the world. The first EU flight, operated in cooperation with France departed from Lyon on 8 May transporting 13 tonnes of cargo and around 60 ... [+]

Brussels appoints new transport commissioner

Adina-Ioana Vălean has been appointed as the new European Transport Commissioner. A Romanian national, she is a long-time Member of the European Parliament and current Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.   [+]

Four more years for liner block exemption

The European Commission is to extend the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation by another four years, following a consultation with the industry and its customers. It concluded that the regulation, which allows the operation of alliances and consortia between lines (but not shipping line ‘conferences’) did not materially reduce competition. The ... [+]

EU publishes no-deal Brexit plans

The European Commission published contingency plans in the event of a no deal Brexit published by the European Commission on 19 December. They included a nine-month permit free period for road haulage and measures to allow UK airlines to operate in and out of the EU, but not within it. ... [+]

Clecat disappointed by cabotage plans

European forwarders’ representative group Clecat says it is disappointed at the European Council’s recent compromise agreement on posting of workers. It says that the agreement, if implement, would in “no way respond to the need for simple, uniform, clear and easily enforceable rules which would facilitate transport operations, protect the ... [+]

Shippers welcome Maritime Single Window plan

The European Shippers Council said has welcomed the European Commission’s new proposal for a Maritime Single Window. It said it would provide faster clearance and release of goods and reduced administrative burdens. However, ESC added that it and other stakeholders would welcome more detail on how different systems will interact ... [+]

EU warns UK over customs duties

The European Commission is to send a ‘Reasoned Opinion’ – part of its formal infringement procedure to the UK for failing to pay €2.7 billion worth of customs on Chinese clothing and footwear imports.. The Commission opened the infringement procedure in March following a 2017 report by the EU's anti-fraud body ... [+]

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