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Brexit 12-01-2021

Dutch customs seize sandwiches from UK passengers, invoking Brexit rules

Dutch customs officials have been filmed confiscating sandwiches and other food from passengers on a ferry from Britain, blaming new post-Brexit trade rules.
Brexit 04-01-2021

UK’s Brexit preparedness to be tested as festive period ends

Britain faced the first true test of its Brexit preparations on Monday (4 January), with thousands of lorries expected to make the Channel crossing for the first time since the country left the EU's single market and customs union.
Brexit 13-12-2020

Leaders to push Brexit trade talks beyond latest deadline

London and Brussels agreed to more talks on a trade agreement, even though they still have a long way to go to avert a turbulent ‘no deal’ exit for Britain from the EU orbit at the end of the month.
Brexit 11-12-2020

Shortages, jams and shutdowns: Brexit ‘no-deal’ expectation creates chaos

Food shortages, tailbacks and congested ports: as talks with Brussels remain unresolved three weeks before leaving the EU single market, the UK is preparing for a chaotic "no-deal".
Brexit 02-12-2020

Dutch ‘Brexit Monster’ warns of port problems

Dutch authorities unleashed a beastly blue mascot on Tuesday (1 December) to warn that the end of the Brexit transition period in one month's time poses a monster of a problem for port users.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

US, Belgium strike ‘preclearance’ deal for air passengers

The United States and Belgium said on Monday (28 September) they had reached an agreement that will allow US-bound passengers from Brussels to undergo US customs and immigration checks before departing Europe.
Brexit 03-09-2019

French customs struggles to cope with no-deal Brexit planning

On 26 August, the French Council of Ministers sacked Rodolphe Gintz after two years as customs chief. Meanwhile, the French customs office is facing up to the difficulties of preparing for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 03-04-2019

Moscovici on no-deal Brexit: ‘We are as ready as we can be’

As the deadlock over the UK's exit from the EU continues, the bloc has stepped up its preparation for a no-deal Brexit, in particular in the customs area, as border checks will become necessary "overnight" if the UK crashes out without a deal.
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2019

Belgium puts figures on expected losses from hard Brexit

Belgium's economy would contract nearly 1 percent and Belgians would become poorer if Britain crashes out of the European Union in a chaotic way, a central bank official said on Thursday (28 March).
Brexit 26-03-2019

No deal Brexit ‘increasingly likely’, EU warns

The European Commission has continued efforts to prepare for a disorderly divorce between the EU and the UK, as the risk of a no-deal departure is becoming “increasingly likely”, EU officials said on Monday (25 March).
Brexit 27-02-2019

Flurry of agreements to cushion blow of no-deal Brexit

As Britain tries to steer away from a dreaded "no-deal" divorce with the EU, a flurry of agreements are being hammered out to cushion the most painful blows.

German bill to tackle undeclared work and child benefit fraud

German finance minister Olaf Scholz has presented a bill for German customs to be given more employees and powers. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Brexit 05-02-2019

UK to ease customs checks on EU goods in event of no-deal Brexit

Most goods arriving from the European Union will be allowed into Britain without full customs checks for at least three months if it leaves the bloc without an exit deal, the British government said on Monday (5 February).
Brexit 05-11-2018

Brexit: Eurotunnel preparing for increased checks in Calais

Every minute counts when it comes to maintaining a fluid flow of traffic at the entrance to the tunnel under the English Channel. In order to prepare for the return of new checks, post-Brexit, the Eurotunnel site in Calais is mounting a race against the clock. EURACTIV France’s media partner, Ouest-France reports.

EU warns UK-centered China import scam may shift to Europe’s ‘Silk Road’

European Union anti-fraud investigators suspect Greece and Hungary may have become the main EU centers of a multi-million-euro scam involving imports of Chinese clothing and footwear that uses the infrastructure of China’s new “Silk Road”.
Brexit 01-12-2017

Customs officers: Huge increase in capacity needed to prepare for Brexit

London: £300 million will be needed to finance 5,000 extra customs officials to deal with post-Brexit border controls, the UKs top customs official has warned.
Brexit 10-10-2017

Britain sketches out customs powers if Brexit deal fails

Britain on Monday (9 October) outlined proposals for new laws to set tariffs and quotas including if Britain leaves the European Union with no agreement in place, as it prepares for a post-Brexit customs system.
Brexit 17-05-2017

Ireland anticipates 10-fold rise in customs declarations post-Brexit

Ireland anticipates a 10-fold increase in the number of customs declarations made by local companies after Brexit, a senior official at the government agency responsible for customs checks said on Tuesday (16 May).
Health 29-09-2016

Fake drugs cost EU billions of euros, its health and its jobs

Counterfeit drugs are not only hazardous to health, they cost people their jobs too, a new EU study has revealed. But Germans in particular are willing to take risks. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Trade & Society 22-08-2014

Commission moves to tighten customs security

A new strategy to plug gaps in the EU’s customs security safeguards was adopted by the European Commission yesterday (21 August).  

Cigarettes top list of fraudulent items seized by customs

EU customs authorities confiscated an estimated €1 billion in counterfeit goods last year, the European Commission said on Monday (5 August), with China the main source of fake merchandise destined for EU retailers.
Economy & Jobs 26-07-2013

EU asks Russia to reconsider truck control measure

Taxation and Customs Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta has sent a letter to the Russian Customs chief asking Moscow to reconsider a measure to introduce additional controls on road cargo, a possible breach of international agreements.
Trade & Society 27-10-2009

Criminals cashing in on fake swine flu medicines

European medicine authorities are growing increasingly alarmed by the number of bogus swine flu remedies being sold over the Internet. The news comes as MEPs gear up to debate new rules covering counterfeit medicines.
Trade & Society 20-02-2008

MEPs back plans to boost intra-EU trade

Trade within the EU received a fresh boost in Parliament this week (18-22 February) with the approval of simplified customs procedures and new rules aimed at reinforcing the "mutual recognition" of national quality standards on goods marketed within the EU.