Written Question: Impact of lack of harmonised customs controls on EU revenue

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 15 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002632/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Maria Grapini (S&D)

Subject: Impact of lack of harmonised customs controls on EU revenue

According to the ECA, the level of harmonisation of customs controls among Member States is still not sufficient to safeguard the EU’s financial interests.

Despite steps in the right direction, EU rules are not well enough designed to ensure that Member States select the imports to be controlled in a uniform manner.

Member States apply the rules on customs controls in very different ways, which enables operators to choose the points of entry into the EU at which fewer controls take place.

The ECA warns that some Member States are not conducting the risk analysis which the rules require be carried out on all declarations, and that higher‑risk imports may not be sufficiently prioritised for control purposes.

The customs union is important for trade in the EU, and import duties are a significant source of revenue for the Union. The Commission has a legal obligation to ensure that all Member States apply customs controls in a similar way.

How does the Commission plan to move ahead with the uniform implementation of customs controls and create genuine analysis and coordination capacities at EU level?

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