COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) .../... of 20.11.2020 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 as regards the time-limits for lodging entry summary declarations and pre-departure declarations in case of transport by sea from and to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
This amendment corrects an omission in EU legislation in relation to the timings of Safety and Security declarations for goods arriving from ports in the UK [with the exception of Northern Ireland].
Against the background of 9/11, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) introduced the “SAFE” Framework of Standards. SAFE sets out minimum requirements for participating Customs Administrations to regulate, monitor and secure the international supply chain.
The European Union responded to the SAFE Framework by introducing a safety and security policy across a single European safety and security zone. This policy is designed to risk assess consignments to detect security threats before they arrive or leave the EU, preventing their transportation into or out of the EU and facilitating the movement of legitimate consignments. By creating a single customs security zone, the requirement for safety and security declarations for any goods that do not leave the zone is removed. Goods entering or leaving the security zone must have an entry and exit summary declaration respectively and there are set times ahead of arrival or departure for submitting safety and security declarations depending on the mode of transport.
The Union Customs Code (UCC) defines the legal framework for customs rules and procedures in the EU customs territory. The UCC lists territories close to the border of the EU (such as Morocco and Greenland) that are offered shorter pre-arrival and pre-departure timing requirements for the submission of safety and security declarations for maritime movements. These shorter timing requirements are more practical for short sea journeys. The original list does not include the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, as they were part of the EU’s safety and security zone when the legislation was written, and thus declarations were not required for these movements. The amendment corrects what is now an omission in the EU legislation.