Brussels to build more Solidarity Lanes to Ukraine

The European Commission is planning to extend four European transport corridors to Ukraine and Moldova, including the ports of Mariupol and Odessa. Transport Commissioner Adina Valean said it was part of Brussels efforts to create ‘Solidarity Lanes’ and help Ukraine continue to export its grain in the face of Russia’s aggression. The proposal includes measures to convert Ukraine’s Russian-gauge tracks to the European standard gauge, when economically justified, to. This also ... [+]

Brussels takes action over Northern Ireland Protocol

The European Commission launched four new infringement procedures against the UK for not complying with significant parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol on 22 July but said it had refrained from launching others for over a year in order to look for joint solutions with the UK. They latest measures are ... [+]

EU waives duty and VAT on Ukraine aid imports

The European Commission has adopted a decision allowing member states to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the third country imports of food, blankets, tents, electric generators and other life-saving equipment destined for Ukrainians affected by the war. The measure will apply retroactively from 24 February and will be ... [+]

Commission acts to make transport more crisis-resilient

The European Commission adopted a Contingency Plan for Transport on 23 May to strengthen resilience in times of crisis. It draws lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as Russia's invasion of Ukraine, both of which severely affected the transport of goods and people, it said. The plan proposes a toolbox ... [+]

Brussels to set up solidarity lanes to shift Ukraine grain

The European Commission is to create ‘solidarity lanes’ to help Ukraine export its agricultural produce. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its blockade of Ukrainian ports, thousands of rail wagons and trucks are waiting for clearance. The average current waiting time for wagons is 16 days, but up to 30 ... [+]

Brussels allows Ireland to support truckers

The European Commission has approved an €18 million Irish scheme to support its road haulage sector following Russia's invasion of Ukraine under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework. It will allow the government to support the road haulage sector affected by fuel price increases as a result of the war. ... [+]

Commission may blacklist people-smugglers

The European Commission says it could blacklist transport operators that are found to be involved in people smuggling as part of its response to the situation on its border with Belarus. It says that recent events there could not have taken place without the knowing or unknowing contribution of certain ... [+]

Europe launches import control system

The European Commission launched the first phase of its new import control system (ICS2 to protect against threats posed by illicit goods across the EU's external borders on 15 March. ICS2 will initially focus on postal and express consignments coming to or through the EU by air, before eventually being ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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