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Reminder : The New Customs Code - 01/09/2016

Reminder : The New Customs Code

The Community Customs Code of 1992, the benchmark text for Customs regulations in Europe for more than 20 years now despite an unsuccessful attempt at modernising it in 2008, was therefore repealed on May 1, 2016. The Union Customs Code (UCC) and its new application provisions have now come into force. This new code will not affect existing law but will nevertheless entail a number of significant modifications, with the essential goal of improving the operation of a 28-nation European customs bloc.

One of the main objectives for the customs authorities is to dematerialise all customs procedures by 2020. All customs procedures and operations will be dematerialised (i.e. converted to paperless versions) in France. The DELTA system is already in place and the Guichet Unique National (the GUN or ‘national one-stop shop’) is currently being deployed to cover all documents throughout the logistics chain. For their part, customs decisions will be integrated via the Soprano tool. The UCC makes information technology central to the relationship between the operators and the customs authorities. With the UCC, dematerialisation will become the rule, with the aim of simplifying and optimising customs procedures.

The new Customs Code also includes several significant modifications to revise a number of measures concerning the value for customs purposes, special procedures or customs representation. Despite this, numerous questions still remain unanswered. The new UCC is fundamentally changing the rules for Customs operations in Europe. We need to wait a few months before we finally get to see all of the application directives from the Directorate General of Customs. The Customs authorisations affected by the changes introduced in the UCC (including for example customs warehousing arrangements) will also entail some disruption until these have been fully understood and implemented.

For its part, AEO certification plays a key role in the UCC. As a reminder, AEO status is a certification issued by the customs authorities. It enables the customs department to identify reliable companies, making it possible to provide special treatment during inspections. The key objective is therefore to make trade simpler and more secure. The New Customs Code focuses heavily on the AEO and for several months the customs authority has been highlighting AEO certified companies. Ultimately, the UCC is intended above all to give French and European companies the best possible conditions to operate internationally.

We should remember that Centrimex has been a holder of the Full AEO Certificate for all of its activities in France since June 2012.

To get the full benefit of an AEO certificate for exporting or importing, particularly concerning mutual recognition agreements between countries or groups of countries, all links in the international logistics chain should be holders of an AEO certificate or equivalent.


>> Our customs certification

New consolidation service for hazardous goods departing from Shanghai - 11/07/2016

New consolidation service for hazardous goods departing from Shanghai

Centrimex is pleased to inform you of the new consolidation service for hazardous goods departing from the port of Shanghai. To boost its resources and capacity, Centrimex Shanghai now has a goods storage area of more than 20,000m2 at its disposal.

In order to be best able to meet its clients’ needs, Centrimex’s teams offer container stuffing, in addition to the packaging and labelling of goods. The service is available departing from Shanghai but also departing from China's main ports such as Tianjin, Quingdao, Guangzou, Zhangjiang and Chongqing. Requests for quotations will be processed on a case-by-case basis in order to be able to offer clients the best solution for them (please note that all enquiries should be sent to the Centrimex agency in Rouen). The consolidation of different kinds of hazardous goods is naturally subject to the acceptance of the selected shipping company.

For information, Centrimex also operates departures from the whole of China for miscellaneous and custom consolidation services.


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The weighing of shipping containers and the SOLAS programme - 15/06/2016

The weighing of shipping containers and the SOLAS programme

From July 2016 onwards, shippers will be required to weigh and declare the gross mass of their containers before these are transferred to the ship owner at the departure terminal under the terms of the new version of the international SOLAS Convention (Safety of Life at Sea). The requirements of the SOLAS Convention concerning container weight verification will therefore apply from this summer.

Full containers will only be accepted for loading onto ships to which the SOLAS Convention applies on condition that their Verified Gross Mass has been supplied to the captain of the ship or his representative and to the terminal or its representative. The shippers are also obliged to carry out the weighing of all shipping containers before these are transferred to the ship owner. The shipper therefore has responsibility for establishing the Verified Gross Mass and declaring this to the ocean carrier. This information must be supplied sufficiently far in advance to allow for the preparation of the loading plan.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) proposes two methods, both certified as compliant, for declaring the Verified Gross Mass (VGM). According to the regulations, one of the two approved methods must be used to declare the gross weight:

Download Template Document Shipment Declaration for Full containers (FCL)
Download Template Document Shipment Declaration for Full container (FCL)
Téléchargez un modèle type de déclaration d'expédition pour marchandises (Groupage - LCL)
Download Template Document Shipment Declaration for Goods (Consolidation - LCL)
The actual weight of the container including the tare weight when the merchandise is packed.
The weight of all the merchandise including the packaging and the tare weight of the container.


In this second case, the weighing method must be approved by the state in which the container was filled. Identical for all member states, the procedure involves weighing the merchandise, the packaging and the items present in the container or obtaining this information from the manufacturers then adding the tare weight when empty, as indicated on the container door. The decree provides for a tolerance of ±5% in the French ports between the declared mass of the container and its true mass. There is no obligation to have the methods certified but in the event of an inspection or of an incorrect declaration, particularly following an accident or incident, the shipper must present evidence to justify his calculations. For further information, please consult the FAQ concerning container weight published by the World Shipping Council.


>> FAQ published by the World Shipping Council.

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