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Economic Chamber Criticizes Import Control System

Published: December 27, 2010; 16:32 · (Vindobona)

According to the WKÖ, Austrian businesses incur additional costs and bureaucracy by the import control system.

Economic Chamber Criticizes Import Control System / Picture: © Vindobona.org

Since January 2011, goods imported into the EU and exported from the EU, must be notified to the customs authorities by electronic pre-registration. After a 18-month postponement, the Import Control Systems (ICS) will now be implemented as the core of the customs security initiative. "For businesses, the introduction of ICS not only means extra costs, but also a new wave of bureaucratic requirements”, criticized Walter Mönichweger, Chairman of the Association of Freight Forwarding - Logistics of the WKÖ.

Significant delays are to be expected in future road traffic from the regions of South, Southeast and Eastern Europe as a consequence of this, because the local customs administrations have problems with the implementation of the necessary IT systems and the execution of security controls, warns the expert.

Mönichweger further says: "Obviously, some EU member states have only partially harmonized IT systems for the exchange of necessary data or they are not yet ready for this situation. This means that for a single transport of goods, multiple, extremely time-consuming repeated collection of data may be required". The European Commission was advised several times about not all member states being able to complete implementation by 1 January 2011. Regardless of this, the control system will be introduced with the new year, with the commission obviously being aware of merchandise traffic problems, according to the specialized association’s chairman.

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