For a long time, customs handling was heavily associated with paperwork – mountains and mountains of it. Thankfully, for the sake of our forests and those that need to search for the right documentation, we’ve seen a move to electronic documents over the years. And with the current and ongoing Union Customs Code implementation that aims to bring more efficient customs handling, we’re seeing the final steps towards a truly digital environment.Full digitalization will have an obvious impact on the software that businesses use to submit customs information and declarations – either their own or the software used by their customs broker. UCC also requires data sets that are wider than many current customs software can handle.
To find out how well prepared your business is for this digital present and future, you need to check the following:
- Make sure you identify key sources from where you get the information needed for your customs declarations
- If you use your own software to manage customs declarations:
- Keep an eye on upcoming changes in system requirements
- Decide whether to keep your own system or use your customs broker’s system
- If you employ the services of customs brokers:
- Make sure your customs broker’s system is in line with upcoming changes
Full digitalization will occur at a later stage of the UCC implementation. But if you use your own customs software, the implementation should be budgeted and incorporated as soon as possible into your company’s existing IT planning. At the very least, it should be on the agenda. And if you are working with a customs broker, make sure you have a partner capable of taking you smoothly into the future.
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