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Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2023/236 of 1 February 2023 granting a derogation requested by certain Member States pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council to use means other than electronic data-processing techniques for the exchange and storage of information for the Temporary Storage declaration related to non-Union goods presented to customs (notified under document C(2023) 664) (Only the Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish texts are authentic)

C/2023/664

OJ L 32, 03/02/2023, p. 223–225 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec_impl/2023/236/oj

3.2.2023   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 32/223


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2023/236

of 1 February 2023

granting a derogation requested by certain Member States pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council to use means other than electronic data-processing techniques for the exchange and storage of information for the Temporary Storage declaration related to non-Union goods presented to customs

(notified under document C(2023) 664)

(Only the Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish texts are authentic)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 October 2013 laying down the Union Customs Code (1), and in particular Article 6(4) in conjunction with Article 8(2) thereof,

After consulting the Customs Code Committee,

Whereas:

(1)

Article 6(1) of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 requires that all exchanges of information between customs authorities and between economic operators and customs authorities, and the storage of such information, as required under the customs legislation, be made using electronic data-processing techniques. For this purpose and in accordance with Article 6(2) of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013, the Commission draws up common data requirements.

(2)

Article 6(4) of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 provides for the possibility for the Commission to adopt decisions in exceptional cases to allow one or several Member States to derogate from using electronic data-processing techniques for the exchange and storage of information if such derogation is justified by the specific situation of the requesting Member State and is granted for a specific period of time.

(3)

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/2151 (2) establishes the work programme relating to the development and deployment of the electronic systems provided for in the Union Customs Code (‘the work programme’). The work programme lists the electronic systems to be developed and the dates on which those systems are expected to become operational. Amongst others, that programme specifies the implementation and deployment window for the Temporary Storage (‘TS’) declarations in accordance with Articles 6(1), Articles 16, 145 and 146 of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013.

(4)

Furthermore, Article 278(2)(a), of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 specifies the deadline until which means other than the electronic data-processing techniques may be used on a transitional basis to implement the provisions related to the temporary storage declaration.

(5)

Due to the significance of the TS in the supervision of goods entering the customs territory of the EU, some Member States have already developed electronic systems to manage such TS declarations. Such systems require adjustments in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 and the related Commission acts, in particular in respect of the common data requirements. Pursuant to Article 278(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013, those adjustments are to be completed until 31 December 2022.

(6)

However three major and partially unforeseen circumstances have arisen, all having a significant impact on, and posing complementary challenges to, the resources of Member States: the COVID-19 pandemic caused substantial delays in IT developments in Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the resulting surge in the number of customs declarations required Belgium, France, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Spain to reshuffle resources and priorities. The financial consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the customs activities of the neighbouring or geographically close countries, further aggravated the situation and demanded additional resources in Austria, Lithuania and Poland. In particular, procurement and tendering difficulties, as well as budgetary and staffing issues, stemming from the aforementioned circumstances had a significant impact on Member States’ abilities to meet the deadlines, as cited by Austria, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia and Slovenia.

(7)

Those specific circumstances have caused significant delays in the ongoing IT developments and prevented certain Member States from completing the deployment of IT means for the processing of the TS declarations by 31 December 2022. Therefore, on 21 April 2022 Austria, on 3 May 2022 Cyprus, on 3 May 2022 Lithuania, on 6 May 2022 Spain, on 23 May 2022 Slovenia, on 3 June 2022 Greece, on 7 June 2022 France, on 7 June 2022 Portugal, on 24 June 2022 Belgium, on 24 June 2022 Sweden, on 29 June 2022 Denmark, on 4 July 2022 Slovakia, on 4 July 2022 the Netherlands, on 6 July 2022 Estonia, on 7 July 2022 Poland, on 13 July 2022 Malta, on 19 July 2022 Croatia, on 22 July 2022 Hungary, on 22 July 2022 Luxembourg, on 10 October 2022 Czechia and on 17 October 2022 Romania, requested to use means for the exchange and storage of information other than electronic data-processing techniques in accordance with Article 6(4), second subparagraph, of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013. In compliance with Article 6(4), third subparagraph, such derogations will not affect the exchange of information between the Member State to which it is addressed and other Member States nor the exchange and storage of information in other Member States for the purposes of the application of the customs legislation.

(8)

It is therefore appropriate to allow Member States to continue using their existing procedures, including the relevant IT systems in accordance with the data requirements set out by Member States as provided for in Article 2(4), second subparagraph, of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 (3) for a limited period.

(9)

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden are to notify the Commission about the progress made in the development of the electronic system for temporary storage as part of the progress reporting process laid down in Article 278a of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013. The communication and sharing of national planning information as outlined in Article 4 of Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/2151 is to be ensured.

(10)

Having regard to the impacts of the exceptional circumstances that have caused delays in the ongoing IT developments of the TS in Member States, the current state of those developments in Member States and the need to avoid any further significant delays, the derogation should last until not later than 31 December 2023 in respect of goods brought into the customs territory of the Union by air, and not later than 29 February 2024 in respect of goods brought into the customs territory of the Union by other transport modes,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Member States may use means for the exchange and storage of information other than electronic data-processing techniques for the temporary storage declaration required by Article 145 of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 in respect of goods brought into the customs territory of the Union by air until 31 December 2023 and for the temporary storage declaration in respect of goods brought into the customs territory of the Union by other transport modes until 29 February 2024.

Article 2

This Decision shall apply from 1 January 2023 until not later than 31 December 2023 in respect of goods brought into the customs territory of the Union by air, and not later than 29 February 2024 in respect of goods brought into the customs territory of the Union by other transport modes.

Article 3

This Decision is addressed to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Republic of Estonia, the Hellenic Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the French Republic, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Lithuania, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Poland, the Portuguese Republic, Romania, the Republic of Slovenia, the Slovak Republic and the Kingdom of Sweden.

Done at Brussels, 1 February 2023.

For the Commission

Paolo GENTILONI

Member of the Commission


(1)   OJ L 269, 10.10.2013, p. 1.

(2)  Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/2151 of 13 December 2019 establishing the work programme relating to the development and deployment of the electronic systems provided for in the Union Customs Code (OJ L 325, 16.12.2019, p. 168).

(3)  Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 of 28 July 2015 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards detailed rules concerning certain provisions of the Union Customs Code (OJ L 343, 29.12.2015, p. 1).


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