Customs Related Issues Group

DIGITALEUROPE's members recognise importance of trade facilitation measures. To that end we monitor and advise improvements to Customs Union, e.g. throughout the process of development of Union Customs Code. Customs valuation rules, central clearance, rules of origin, the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System of tariff nomenclature and products classification, developments at World Customs Organisation, autonomous tariff suspensions are all discussed at Digital Trade Policy Group meetings.

DIGITALEUROPE members are also interested in export controls. DIGITALEUROPE members seek to avoid international and specific third country import/export control regimes become unnecessarily burdensome for the ICT industry. In this context, DIGITALEUROPE posits that the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (Wassenaar Arrangement) contributes to regional and international security and stability by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations of such items. The Trade Group works to avoid customs classification decisions that are unnecessary and cause restriction to international trade as well as to technological development and innovation.