All products that circulate through europe, but that come from non-european countries are required to pass through customs. The issue is very simple: when these products enter the eu, they can circulate freely. a product that arrives in europe through the romanian or dutch customs can arrive in italy without any obstacle and vice-versa.
In europe, not all customs are equal. some are more efficient than others. at some customs, checks are more rigorous than others. this difference in quality among customs defines commercial routes: goods coming from non-european countries naturally avoid passing through more diligent customs. instead, they are routed to customs that tend to “turn a blind eye” to regulations.
The difference among customs and inconsistent procedures often result in losses for consumers, workers, activities and the treasury (lack of customs duties).
Customs that "turn a blind eye" to strict surveillance are conduits of choice for counterfeit goods, which results in significant productivity and revenue losses to the detriment of diligent customs. counterfeit goods move freely across the eu territory, thus evading anti-counterfeit surveillance. Several analyses show that counterfeit goods pass from northern european customs, where surveillance is more lax
The customs report aims at studying these phenomena and understanding their impact in terms of production, investments, and market integrity, as well as of state finances and consequences for all categories of european workers. Officially, the european union is a customs union as well, but reality is very different: uneven procedures and checks create a faulty competition among ports and airports in member states. with this report, we seek to understand opportunities inherent in the enhanced harmonization of customs and procedures in europe, as well as improve the current situation.
We have time until december 9, 2016 to prepare the first draft of the customs report. the final draft of the text must be submitted to the trade commission on march 20, 2017, and voting in the european parliament will take place in april 2017.
We want to prepare the customs report with you and have decided to organize a tour through some italian port cities, during which we will meet with citizens and stakeholders.
We would like you to send us suggestions and recommendations for improvement through the rousseau platform no later than february 2, 2017.