Future Customs Development

Customs Reform Package

On 17 May 2023, the Commission put forward ambitious proposals for reform of the EU Customs Union.

The reform package is a response to the current pressures under which EU Customs operates. These include increased trade volumes, especially in e-commerce, a fast-growing number of EU standards requiring border checks, and shifting geopolitical realities and crises.

The measures proposed include:

  • a new EU Customs Authority
  • a new EU Customs Data Hub
  • abolishing the current threshold whereby goods valued at less than €150 are exempt from customs duty
  • creation of a ‘Trust and Check’ trader authorisation. This would allow traders to release their goods into circulation in the EU without any active customs intervention.

The legislative proposals will now be sent to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union for agreement, and to the European Economic and Social Committee for consultation.

Revenue would welcome comments on the Reform Package and feedback can be provided to importpolicy@revenue.ie.