MCC meeting: On prioritizing sensitive areas for improving business conditions

2022 03 07

A meeting of the Customs Advisory Committee was held on 7 March to prioritize sensitive areas for improving business conditions.

Topics discussed during the MCC meeting:

Regarding the presentation of more significant draft legislation adopted and / or planned to be adopted at both national and EU level and the coordination of the draft orders of the Director General of the Customs Department with the business community

  • Concerning the improvement of communication with business representatives - assistance to business in answering questions as to the interpretation and application of legal provisions in practice

  • Regarding the reduction of administrative burden (EORI registration for natural persons - requirement to provide a copy of ID)

  • Regarding the presentation of IMDAS development plans and project

  • On the review of the Customs Surveillance and Control Strategy

  • Regarding the preparation and implementation of the Personal Service Standard in Customs

  • On the balance between simplification and tighter controls on customs procedures for strategic and dual - use items

  • Regarding the submission of documents on the application of preferential (preferential) import duties to countries and territories under the EU's preferential trade agreements (PCD, EPC, PPC, IPR, PE)

  • The imperative order of application of the customs valuation methods for imported goods

  • The granting of additional advantages to AEO holders (AEO)

During the meeting, three conditional working groups were formed:

1. IT systems and digitization

  • 2022 Annual Strategic Plan for Electronic Customs (EU and national electronic systems implementation projects)
  • IS work stability issues, planned and unplanned shutdowns, IT system implementation organization issues
  • Customs Authorization System (MLS), Development Perspectives
  • ICS2 project - preparation issues.
  • Presentation of RRF IT projects ("My Customs", TRAKIS).
  • Digitization of the TIR procedure - Approval of Annex 11 to the TIR Convention (legal basis for TIR digitization), presentation and examination of the feasibility of e-TIR projects.
  • Interinstitutional (institutions responsible for business supervision) and cross-border (with neighboring countries) customs cooperation and coordination of processes
  • Presentation of the VIKIS project, discussion of information and consulting problems
  • iMDAS development plans

2. Administrative responsibility

  • Issues of administrative liability (minor infringements). 
  • The transfer of responsibility for the assessment of the customs broker's responsibility for the authenticity of the data and documents provided, where he is not the owner of the data and documents, to the data submitter.

3. Improvement and simplification of business conditions

  • Failure to complete export and transit procedures at the Lithuanian border. 
  • To review the procedures and requirements for the acquisition of the status of a customs guarantor for legal entities in the fields of banking and insurance, in order to facilitate the acquisition of this status and to unify the conditions for legal entities licensed by the Bank of Lithuania and other European Union state banks. 
  • Due to the unresolved issues related to the 2019 port handling comp anies operating in Klaipeda amendment of the terms and conditions of the signed Temporary Storage Warehouse Service Agreement. 
  • Post infrastructure, BCP throughput, queues at the border.
  • Restructuring of post offices Simplification of customs formalities and other processes that reduce administrative burdens and save time for the private sector (transport, logistics operators).