European Union Customs Authorities Granted New Tool to Fight Fraud

The European Parliament and the Council have passed a new regulation to allow customs authorities, at both an EU and national level, to access information to track the origins and routes of cargo containers with the purpose of fighting customs fraud. The European Commission’s ‘Joint Research Centre’ (JRC) has developed the technical tools to access and analyze ‘Container Status Messages’ (CSMs), electronic records which track the flow of containers throughout the supply chain.

Customs fraud through the avoidance of duties, taxes, and fees represents a major financial loss in the EU and elsewhere around the world. CSM records, currently accessible by the carriers themselves, will provide authorities with the capability to track a container’s country of origin and more accurately assess the proper duties, etc. The system is intended to be up and running January 1st, 2016.

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