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Taxation and Customs Union

Customs sees what you don't… and protects you

Customs authorities are in the front line in the fight against fraud, terrorism and organised crime, cooperating effectively with administrations and agencies responsible for other relevant policies with border and internal security implications.

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Customs authorities are in the front line in the fight against fraud, terrorism and organised crime, cooperating effectively with administrations and agencies responsible for other relevant policies with border and internal security implications.

Almost 92,000 officials work around the clock at airports, border crossings, sea ports, inland customs offices or customs laboratories to manage the day-to-day operations of the Customs Union and to prevent illegal and/or dangerous goods from entering the EU.

When human senses are not enough to detect certain types of illegal goods, customs officers team up with sniffer dogs that specialise in detecting illegal drugs, suspicious food, explosives, tobacco products or even large amounts of cash.

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Hungarian Customs Authorities

Hungarian Customs Authorities

THE CUSTOMS UNION PROTECTS…

Chart that shows 516.7 tonnes of drugs have been seized in 2020.
… against the international trafficking of drugs and helps to stop criminal organizations which make money selling drugs.
3.592 billion pieces of tobacco and cigarettes have been seized in 2020

 

... against the smuggling of tobacco and cigarettes - to stop dangerous and/or counterfeited tobacco products from being sold in the EU.

Chart shows that more than 4000 firearms have been seized in 2020

 

... against the international trafficking of weapons, helping to dismantle criminal organizations and to combat terrorism

In 2020, EU customs seized more than 4 015 firearms, over 250 000 pieces of ammunitions and more than 175 150 pieces of explosives in the EU.

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 Counterfeit perfumes seized by Latvian customs

... the health and safety of citizens as well as the jobs of those who work for legitimate manufacturers by tackling counterfeit goods and piracy.
  • On almost 70 000 occasions, products suspected of violating intellectual property rights were intercepted by the Customs in the EU.
Face masks without CE markings, declaration of conformity and EU type-certificate seized by Polish customs authorities

Face masks without CE markings, declaration of conformity and EU type-certificate seized by Polish customs authorities

... the environment, our health and safetybyenforcing the respective rules (e.g. stopping illegal import of protected wood, refusing entry of contaminated food or potentially dangerous electrical appliances).

In 2020, Customs in the EU detected 23 933 cases of goods presenting a risk for consumers in terms of health (sanitary, phyto-sanitary and veterinary technical standards).

Almost 27 million items were identified as unsafe or uncompliant in terms of product safety.

Archeological assets seized by French customs

Archeological assets seized by French customs

... endangered species by detecting illegal trade in ivory, protected animals, birds and plants and European cultural heritage by checking for smuggled art treasures.
  • 3 296 infringements of CITES regulations were detected.
  • 52 cases were detected which did not respect the rules on exports of cultural goods.
Currencies seized by Bulgarian customs during a control

Currencies seized by Bulgarian customs during a control

... thesociety byfighting against money laundering and the financing of terrorism by also controlling cash flows in the EU.

Travelers entering or leaving the EU are obliged to declare amounts of cash valued at EUR 10,000 or more (or its equivalent in other currencies or bearer negotiable instruments) to customs authorities. In 2020:

  • More than 57 000 cash declarations were submitted to Customs, amounting to more than EUR 37 billion.
  • 8 893 cases of non-declared cash or incorrectly completed cash declarations were recorded, amounting to almost EUR 246 million.

the society by ensuring that exports of sensitive technology which could be used to make nuclear or chemical weapons are legitimate and have the appropriate export licenses.

the society by helping police and immigration services in the fight against human trafficking, drugs, pornography and firearms – and other factors of organized crime and terrorism.