American Chamber of Commerce
to the European Union
Seminar on Single Authorisation for Simplified Procedures / Centralised Clearance
Budapest 1 – 3 October 2008
Centralised Clearance
Business Expectations
Keith Vaughan, UPS
Chair, AmCham EU Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee
AmCham EU
 Represents 140 European companies of
US Parentage
 40 of the members are among the
Fortune 100 Major US Industrial
 The member companies are long-term
investors in Europe and have
manufacturing plants throughout the EU
 Multi-sectoral industry based
 US investment in Europe amounts to
€702 billion and currently supports
over 4.1 million jobs
Current Situtation
 Few members have applied for an SEA as
the process is costly and time consuming
 Lack of centralisation within the EU has
led to companies looking for innovative
 CPC 4200
 Clearance at first point of arrival with
 Importer of record
 Onforwarding to destination in free circulation
 Intrastat and VIES reporting
Current Situtation (Cont.)
 Some Member States are strongly
opposed to SEA and to SASP
 SASP proposals from Working Group
strongly supported
 The combination of SASP and AEO are
Centralised Clearance in all but name
 VAT, Statistics, Collection Costs/ Own
Resource and National Prohibitions and
Restrictions are barriers to progress in
Centralised Clearance –
Person applying will be an AEO, or
will meet the AEO criteria
Person with AEO authorisation will
be a trusted partner
Since the data required for an
application for AEO is similar to that
for other procedures, approval of
applications for other procedures will
be automatic
Centralised Clearance –
Expectations (Cont.)
One customs office in a single
Member State for
Lodgement of all data relevant to a
specific shipment for any procedure
relating to, or controlled by, customs
The payment of customs duties on all
shipments imported to or exported
from 27 Member States
The payment of or accounting for VAT
for all consignments
Centralised Clearance –
Expectations (Cont.)
One customs office in a single
Member State for
Risk analysis for both security, safety,
and fiscal purposes
Presentation of Goods
Entry into records
Release of goods
Tariff classification, origin and
preference and valuation
Centralised Clearance –
Expectations (Cont.)
One customs office in a single
Member State for
Entry into record
Periodic entry of self assessment
No transit – Virtual Warehouse
Centralised Clearance –
 Ability to route goods direct to the point of
 Improved communication with customs
(one single customs administration, one
single language)
 Reduction of costs through savings in
centralisation (reduction of customs
transactions and of the need to use
representatives in customs matters)
Centralised Clearance –
Benefits (Cont.)
Reduction in transit times and costs
Improved compliance
Improved risk management
Competitiveness of European
business in the global marketplace

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