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Customs 2013 (2008-2013)

The customs administrations of European Union (EU) Member States play an important role in protecting the interests of the European Community (EC). They also ensure an equal level of protection throughout EC territory for citizens and economic operators within the Community. This Decision establishes the Community action programme Customs 2013 (2008-2013). The programme aims to support the development of a pan-European electronic customs environment which ensures that customs activities match the needs of the internal market, guarantees the protection of the financial interests of the EC and increases safety and security.


Decision No 624/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing an action programme for customs in the Community (Customs 2013).


The aim of the Customs 2013 programme is to help customs administrations in participating countries to facilitate legitimate trade and to simplify and speed up customs procedures. The programme will start on 1 January 2008 and end on 31 December 2013.


The main objectives of the Customs 2013 programme are:

  • supporting the development of a pan-European electronic customs environment which ensures that customs activities match the needs of the internal market, guarantees the protection of the EC's financial interests and increases safety and security;
  • contributing to the creation of a modernised customs code;
  • increasing cooperation between customs administrations so that they carry out their tasks as effectively as if they were a single administration;
  • increasing international customs cooperation between EU customs administrations and third countries customs authorities in the field of supply chain security;
  • preparing for enlargement, including the sharing of experience and knowledge with the customs administrations of the countries concerned;
  • developing cooperation and exchange of information and best practices with the customs administrations of third countries, in particular candidate countries, potential candidate countries and partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy;
  • standardising and simplifying customs systems and controls to reduce the administrative burden and the cost of compliance for economic operators;
  • identifying, developing and applying best working practices.


Customs 2013 will include activities in the field of communications systems and exchange of information, comparative analyses, seminars and workshops, project groups and steering groups, working visits, training activities and monitoring activities.

Participation in the Programme

The countries participating in the Customs 2013 programme are the EU Member States. The programme is also open to candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy, potential candidate countries (after the conclusion of framework agreements concerning their participation in Community programmes) and certain partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy (provided that a sufficient level of proximity has been attained and in compliance with relevant framework agreements).

Budgetary implications

The Customs 2013 programme will run for a period of six years, in accordance with the Financial Perspectives 2007-13. The amount to be borne by the Community budget is EUR 328.8 million.


Customs 2013 continues the activities carried out in the framework of the previous customs programmes, in particular Customs 2007, and supports the increasingly important development of e-customs.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Decision No 624/2007/EC



OJ L 154 of 14.6.2007


Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament of 6 April 2005, 'Community programmes "Customs 2013" and "Fiscalis 2013"' [COM(2005) 111 final - Not published in the Official Journal]. Pending its proposal for the future Customs 2013 (2007-2013) programme, the Commission proposes extending the Customs 2007 programme. The Commission believes that the Customs programme contributes to the aim of sustainable economic growth. One of the objectives of the 2013 programme is to ensure the smooth flow of external trade, while applying effective controls on goods. As in previous programmes, activities are intended to contribute to the smooth functioning of the internal market and preparing and ensuring the common implementation of Community customs legislation. In addition, the new programme must respond to new challenges and changes currently taking place, for example with respect to safety (management of external borders and control of the whole international supply chain), the creation of an electronic customs environment and the fight against counterfeiting and piracy.

Decision No 253/2003/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2003 adopting an action programme for customs in the Community (Customs 2007). The Customs 2007 programme (2003-2007) is intended to support and complement operations undertaken by the Member States to safeguard the functioning of the internal market in the customs field. This Decision will be repealed with effect from 1 January 2008.

Last updated: 14.06.2007