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The European Commission has put forward proposals for the most ambitious and comprehensive reform of the EU's customs union since its creation in 1968.

The measures proposed today provide a world-leading, data-driven vision for EU customs that will dramatically simplify customs processes for businesses, especially the most trusted traders.

As part of the digital transformation, the reform will shorten cumbersome customs procedures and replace traditional declarations with a smarter, data-driven approach to import surveillance. At the same time, customs authorities will have the tools and resources they need to properly assess imports and stop imports, which pose a real risk to the EU, its citizens and its economy.

Today's reform responds to the ongoing pressures under which EU customs operate, including the huge increase in trade volumes, especially e-commerce, the rapidly growing number of EU standards to be checked at the border, and changing geopolitical realities and crises. It will make the customs framework fit for a greener, more digital era and contribute to a safer and more competitive Single Market.

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