Future customs procedures
Schedule for the introduction of the Union Customs Code
The Union Customs Code is being introduced in stages over a transition period. You can follow the work on this page. Swedish Customs’ national schedule will be updated as work progresses, and we will be publishing dates of relevance for the introduction of, and migration to, new systems.
Standard customs declaration for imports
As of 15 March 2022, you may submit standard customs declarations for imports in the new import system. The feature for submitting standard customs declarations for special procedures and special areas of taxation will be launched in February 2023. From 1 January 2024, all standard customs declarations for special procedures and special tax areas should be submitted in the new system.
Customs declaration of low-value consignments (H7)
Update of the transiting system, NCTS, Release 5
Import control system (ICS2) for air-freight
This system with a central external interface will be launched on 1 March 2023, and all affected actors should submit notification presentations and entry summary declarations using this interface. A transition period for the economic actors will apply until 30 June for air-traffic operators and until 2 October 2023 for all other affected actors.
Import control system, (ICS2 phase 3), other modes of transportation
On 1 March 2024, all affected actors should submit presentation notifications for means of transport and entry summary declarations in the central external interface. A transitional period will apply until 1 October 2023. Traffic from Norway and Switzerland will still be exempt from the entry summary declaration requirement, as Norway and Switzerland are part of the Security Zone.
Presentation notification for goods transported by air
From 27 September, 2023, presentation notifications of goods transported by air to Sweden from a country outside the EU should be provided digitally, with reference to the entry summary declaration. This will bring a change in procedures and new information requirements for the aviation industry. By 31 December 2023, presentation notifications should be submitted digitally for any goods transported by air that arrive from a country outside the EU and are unloaded in Sweden.
Presentation notification for goods transported by other modes of transportation
From 1 March 2024, presentation notifications of goods transported by other modes of transportation should be submitted with reference to the entry summary declaration, with the exception of goods arriving by road from Norway. In the case of the maritime flow, the requirement only applies to goods onloaded in Sweden. The notification should make reference to the entry summary declaration.
This will bring a change in procedures and new information requirements for actors submitting information. Further analysis is required to determine how to manage the interface to the current information system via the Maritime Single Window (MSW) while awaiting the launch of the European Maritime Single Window (EMSW. This may affect, among other things, whether we will require a separate presentation notification in this flow. More information will follow.
Temporary storage declaration
Swedish Customs will implement a digital declaration for temporary storage by 2024. Until then, a transitional solution will be used. For goods transported by air, temporary storage declarations should be submitted by e-mail. Until a solution has been developed for the European Maritime Single Window, the temporary solution in the maritime flow used in conjunction with temporary storage declarations will be used, i.e., the information will be submitted via Maritime Single Window (MSW).
Declarations of goods delivered by road will be seen as temporary storage declarations. Transit declarations in NCTS will be considered temporary storage declarations, which means that a separate temporary storage declaration will not be required for goods in transit.
Proof of Union Status
Proof of Union Status (PoUS) will be introduced in two phases, where T2L/F will first be digitalised with a planned launch on 1 March 2024. This means that the economic actors must apply for verification and register T2L/F in the external central interface. The customs authorities will process the cases and issue authorisations on an individual basis. The Master Reference Number (MRN) provided in the response should then be presented to the customs authorities when entering the EU.
Phase 2, which includes customs manifests, will be launched together with the EMSW in Q3 2025.
The transition to simplified declarations and entries in the declarant's records for imports will proceed as planned in June 2024, with a transition period until 31 December 2024.
One of the more significant changes is that 10-digit commodity codes will be required in the simplified declaration.
In the time until the transition has been completed, you may keep using the current regulations and data provision, as you do today.
Entry in the declarant's records (EIDR)
Entry in the declarant's records for import will be introduced in 2025.
Centralised customs clearance
The two phases of centralised customs clearance will be introduced concomitantly in Sweden. This will take place during Q2 2025.
Centralised customs clearance will allow economic actors to submit customs declarations in Member States, regardless of where in the EU the goods are introducted.
For example, this means that information from customs declarations will be exchanged in real time between participating Member States, once the procedure is launched. The European Commission has developed centralised IT support to enable this function; however, the national IT systems for import will also need to be integrated and adapted.
Centralised customs clearance will be introduced in two phases. The first phase comprises standard customs declarations and simplified declarations. The second phase will comprise registration in the declarant's records and goods subject to excise duties. In Sweden, both phases will go live in June 2025.
New export system
The development is ongoing and the new system for managing the export procedure is scheduled for launch in Q4 2024.
The purpose of the new system is to align our export procedures with the new EU legislation. This change will bring digitalised export and exit procedures.
The development of the new export system will, among other things, include support for standard customs declarations, simplified declarations, ancillary declarations, exit presentation and centralised clearance. The scope of the change is outlined in the European Commission's specifications for AES and will bring changed procedures and a new procedure for actors submitting information, in addition to extended IT support. Functions for registration in the declarant's records, notification of re-export and separately submitted entry summary declarations will be implemented at a later stage, i.e., in 2025.
Ongoing analytical work
European Maritime Single Window
The European Maritime Single Window will ensure that all ships reports are made to a single point of contact per Member State. The Swedish Maritime Authority is responsible for this point of contact. It will be possible to submit required for customs purposes, i.e., notification of arrival of goods and temporary storage, using this single point of contact.
The launch is scheduled for Q3 2025. The EMSW will then replace the Maritime Single Window, the current system.
Certex is a system for exchanging information about certificates and authorisations needed for import and export, which are issued by authorities other than customs authorities.
Any certificates or authorisations that are currently issued on paper, will subsequently be available digitally on Certex. With time, this will facilitate the management of authorisations and certificates for businesses and customs authorities.
Scheduled analytical work
NCTS, Release 6
NCTS, Release 6, will facilitate the submission of safety and security information in the upgraded NCTS system. Information in transit declarations that are linked to an entry summary declaration must be adapted to Annex B, as the NCTS, Release 5, applies provisional regulations to safety and security information.
Electronic transport document
The electronic transport document allows goods to be transited via the digital systems used by the economic actors. It may be used for transport by sea and air, and is scheduled to be introduced in 2025.
Customs warehouse upgrade
Our system for customs warehouses, implemented in 2016, needs to be upgraded to comply with the Union Customs Code. This work is scheduled for 2025.
Binding Value Information and Binding Origin Information
There are plans to add additional central IT support resources, similar to those for Binding Classification Information (BCI), for Binding Origin Information (BOI) and Binding Value Information (BVI).
They will consist of a central system with a central interface for traders to manage applications, but also central functions to manage and store these cases. The implementation of these functions is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2026.
Digital proof of origin
A database for digital proof of origin (e-PoC) is also planned, where proofs of origin can be stored centrally, where they are accessible to customs authorities. The implementation of these functions is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2028.
The European Commission has decided to grant exemptions in accordance with Article 6(4) of the Union Customs Code, allowing the use of information exchange methods and storage solutions other than electronic data processing technology, which in practise extends the deadline for introducing the functions for presentation notification for means of transport, presentation notification for goods, temporary storage and national customs declaration systems for import. These decisions are directed at Member States that have applied for exemptions, which include Sweden.
Swedish Customs’ Implementation Schedule
Swedish Customs’ Implementation Schedule indicates at what point in time different systems are developed. At the end of the arrows, economic operators should have submitted all required information, in accordance with the new legislation and in the new or upgraded systems.
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