11.3.2016   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 65/40


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2016/346

of 10 March 2016

determining the items to be included in the Customs Information System

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

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

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 515/97 of 13 March 1997 on mutual assistance between the administrative authorities of the Member States and cooperation between the latter and the Commission to ensure the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters (1) and in particular Article 25(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

The aim of the Customs Information System (CIS) is to assist the competent authorities in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of operations in breach of customs and agricultural legislation. In order to achieve this aim the competent authorities of the Member States enter information on relevant events, such as seizure or detention of goods in the CIS. In order for the CIS to continue to address the needs of the competent authorities it is necessary to update the list of items to be included in the CIS.

(2)

Each event reported in the CIS includes a number of core elements which are required for meaningful interpretation of the case. In order to make it possible for the competent authorities to easily identify specific cases or events in the CIS it should be possible to search for case references in the CIS and it is thus necessary to include case reference as an item in the CIS.

(3)

Fraudulent activity normally implies active participation of one or more persons. The correct and unambiguous identification of persons involved in activities which are potentially fraudulent is of the utmost importance for the successful investigation of the events. Data relating to the businesses and persons involved in fraudulent or potentially fraudulent activity should therefore be reported in the CIS.

(4)

Due to the fact that modus operandi of commercial fraud as well as method of concealment depend on the means of transport it is important to include as one of the required items in the CIS, specific details on the means of transport.

(5)

Transport patterns, which are not economically justified, are considered relevant indicators of certain types of fraud such as for example mis-declaration of origin. It is therefore important to know the details of the routes which are used to transport goods as these may be important in identifying fraudulent activity. Therefore, routing steps information is considered essential for the proper investigation of customs-related fraud and should be included as one of the CIS items.

(6)

Customs duties and other charges vary according to the specific characteristics of the commodity. In order to ensure the proper follow up of cases or events reported in the CIS specifications relating to the goods involved in the case should therefore be entered in the CIS.

(7)

Analysis of the concrete seizure, confiscation or retention of goods assist in developing preventive measures against future occurrence of the same type of customs related fraud. It is therefore considered important to include relevant information relating to seizure, detention or confiscation in the CIS.

(8)

Any action taken by the relevant authorities should be justifiable and thus should be premised on appropriate risk indicators. It is therefore necessary to include risk assessment information as one of the CIS items.

(9)

Depending on the case in question the relevant documentation to be attached in the case entry in the CIS may vary significantly. It may include, but is not limited to, commercial documents obtained by the competent authorities.

(10)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee established by Regulation (EC) No 515/97,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Items

The items to be included in the CIS database under the categories referred to in Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97 are the following.

(a)

The items common to all the categories of Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97:

Case reference

Basic information relating to the case

Attachment of relevant documents.

(b)

Additional items for category under point (a) of Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97:

Specifics on the commodities

Documents

Information relating to seizure, detention or confiscation

Actions

Risk indicators

Comment section.

(c)

Additional items for category under point (b) of Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97:

Specifics on the means of transport

Documents

Routing steps

Actions

Risk indicators

Comment section.

(d)

Additional items for category under point (c) of Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97:

Data relating to the businesses involved

Documents

Actions

Risk indicators

Comment section.

(e)

Additional items for category under point (d) of Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97:

Data relating to persons involved

Documents

Actions

Risk indicators

Comment section.

(f)

Additional items for category under point (e) of Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97:

Specifics on fraud trends

Risk indicators.

(g)

Additional items for category under point (f) of Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97:

Specifics on the availability of expertise.

(h)

Additional items for category under point (g) of Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97:

Information relating to seizure, detention or confiscation

Actions

Risk indicators.

(i)

Additional items for category under point (h) of Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 515/97:

Information relating to seizure, detention or confiscation

Actions

Risk indicators.

Further details in relation to the above items are provided in the Annex hereto.

Article 2

Repeal

Article 2 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 696/98 (2) is deleted.

Article 3

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply as of 1 September 2016.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 10 March 2016.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  OJ L 82, 22.3.1997, p. 1.

(2)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 696/98 of 27 March 1998 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 515/97 on mutual assistance between the administrative authorities of the Member States and cooperation between the latter and the Commission to ensure the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters (OJ L 96, 28.3.1998, p. 22).


ANNEX

(a)

CASE REFERENCE

Case Identification Number

Document Reference

National Reference Number

Summary

Service

Contact Person

Date

(b)

BASIC INFORMATION RELATING TO THE CASE

Type of fraud

Report type

Means of transport

Information quality

(c)

DOCUMENTS

Type

Number

Freight payment

Date of issue

Place of issue

(d)

DATA RELATING TO PERSONS INVOLVED

Involvement

First Name

Surname

Maiden Name

Alias

Sex

Any particular and permanent physical characteristics

Place of Birth

Date of Birth

Nationality

Address

Street

Number

PO Box

Postal Code

City

Country

Phone/Mobile

Fax/Email

Identity papers

Document type

Document number

Date of issue

Place of issue

Country

Luggage

Category

Type

Brand

Tag number

Handling

Tickets

Date of purchase

Mode of payment

Issued in (Country)

Issued by

Start travel

Duration of stay (days)

Cash

Declared

Intended use

Provenance

Currency

Type of cash

Amount

Converted amount (EUR)

Warning

(e)

DATA RELATING TO THE BUSINESSES INVOLVED

Involvement

Name

Trading Name

Registration type

Registration number (1)

Address*

Street

Number

PO Box

Postal Code

City

Country

Phone/Mobile

Fax/Email

(f)

SPECIFICS ON THE MEANS OF TRANSPORT

6.1

CONTAINER

Type

Number

Status

Seals Number

Size

(g)

6.2

ROAD

Type

Registration type

Nationality

Brand

License Plate

Colour

Printed Names or Logos

Seals number

(h)

6.3

SMALL VESSEL

Type

Name

Flag

Port of registry

Length

Unit of length

Tonnage ICT GT

Colour

Vessel Registration type

Vessel Registration Number

(i)

6.4

COMMERCIAL VESSEL

Type

Name

Flag

Vessel Registration Type

Vessel Registration Number

(j)

6.5

RAIL

Type

Train Number

Company

Nationality

Wagon Number

Seals number

(k)

6.6

AIR

Type

Flight Nr

Transport type

Airline

Registration number

Carrier

License plate

MRN

Handling

Seals number

6.7

COURIER — POST

Type

Flight Nr

Carrier

License plate

MRN

(l)

ROUTING

Step

Date

Country

Place

Location Type

Latitude

Longitude

Means of Transport

(m)

SPECIFICS ON THE COMMODITIES

Commodity Status

Commodity Type

Description

Category

HS/CN/Taric Code (6, 8, 10 Digits)

Customs Procedure

Total Amount Invoiced

Currency

Converted amount (EUR)

Brand

Manufacturer

Quantity

Unit

Gross weight

Volume

Net weight

Labels/Warnings (Affixed)

Warning

8.1

ADDITIONAL FIELDS FOR TOBACCO

Product Type

8.2

ADDITIONAL FIELDS FOR DRUG PRECURSORS

Drug Type

Quantity

Unit

Logos

8.3

ADDITIONAL FIELDS FOR CASH

Intended Use

Provenance

Amount

Types of Cash

Quantity

(n)

INFORMATION RELATING TO SEIZURE, DETENTION OR CONFISCATION

Status

Date

Country

Location Type

Place of Seizure

Latitude

Longitude

Modus Operandi

Concealment Type

Concealment Details

Service

(o)

ACTION

Requested action

Reason for action

Suspected Modus Operandi

Suspected Concealment Type

Taken Action

Date

(p)

RISK INDICATORS

(q)

COMMENT SECTION

Comment

(r)

ATTACHMENT OF RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

Reference

(s)

SPECIFICS ON FRAUD TRENDS

(t)

SPECIFICS ON AVAILABILITY OF EXPERTISE


(1)  This item cannot be completed if it is thereby possible to identify a natural person.