Definition and rules applicable
Centralised clearance (CC) is one of the simplifications linked with the placement of goods under a customs procedure of the Union Customs Code (UCC). It authorises a holder to lodge at the customs office where he is established, a customs declaration for goods which are presented at another customs office within the customs territory of the Union.
Centralised Clearance allows the economic operators to centralise and integrate accounting, logistics and distribution.
This centralisation brings savings in administrative and transaction costs and provides a genuine simplification of procedures.
Legal basis for Centralised Clearance:
- Union Customs Code (UCC) Article 179
- UCC Delegated Act (DA) Article 149
- UCC Implementing Act (IA) Articles 229-232
- UCC Transitional Delegated Act (TDA) Articles 18-20
Other relevant documents:
Convention concerning the allocation of the national collection costs that are retained when the Traditional Own Resources are made available to the EU budget. It entered into force on 16th January 2019.
How to read an existing SASP (Single Authorisation for Simplified Procedures).
SASP already in force on 1 May 2016 shall remain valid until the respective dates of deployment of the CCI and AES referred to in the Annex of the UCC’s Implementing Act (Article 345(1)(4) IA).
The existing SASP are granted with an authorisation for SD or LCP Standard declaration (or Simplified Declaration) or Local Clearance Procedure (with or without notification).
As of 1 May 2016, each case will be read according to the new terminology and possibilities of the UCC.
It is recommended the following reading of the current authorisations (despite the possibility to shift a current SASP into another option):
- SASP with SD will be read as CC with SD
- SASP with LCP with declaration lodged will be read as CC with standard declaration (or simplified declaration)
- SASP with LCP with declaration lodged can be also read as CC with presentation of good in an approved place
- SASP with LCP with notification will be read as CC with EIDR with presentation of the goods
- SASP with LCP without notification will be read as CC with EIDR with presentation waiver.
Re-assessment of existing authorisation for SASP
SASP authorisations already in force on 1 May 2016 shall remain valid until the respective dates of deployment of the CCI and AES referred to in the Annex to IA and in accordance with Article 345 (4) IA.
Therefore, the reassessment has to be carried out before the IT systems are in place and even starting as early as possible taking into account the 90 days consultation period for granting an authorisation for CC (Article 229IA) and all other time consuming procedures linked to the reassessment of conditions for granting CC. If an authorisation for CC is combined with SD or EIDR, the time required for checking the relevant conditions for these simplifications should also be taken into account.
As a consequence, it is highly recommended that the reassessment starts well in advance to ensure the full implementation at the time the systems are in place.