The Commission sees the new legislation as streamlining and simplifying customs rules and procedures, and facilitating more efficient customs transactions in line with modern-day needs. The Council (EU Member States responsible Ministers) now needs to adopt the Regulation for the UCC within the coming weeks, so that it can enter into force by 1 November 2013.
Commenting on the adoption by MEPs, Commissioner Šemeta noted, “The Customs Union is the quiet success story of the EU. For over 40 years, it has protected our citizens, safeguarded our businesses and facilitated the ever increasing trade flows in and out of the Union. The Union Customs Code, endorsed by the European Parliament today, will ensure that customs continues its vital work, but in an even more efficient, cost-effective way; one which best meets the challenges of our modern economy.”