Declarations for arriving goods

The Union legislation requires that transport operators submit data electronically regarding goods transported from outside the EU, before they arrive in the Union. Arrival declarations are submitted through Arrival and exit declaration service (AREX), which interfaces with Customs’ other systems as well as with systems in other countries. Thus, Customs ensures that importing the goods into the territory of the Union is permitted, and that the goods have been presented before they are assigned a customs clearance procedure. Customs also uses the Safety and Security System to supervise customs clearance.

The national legislation requires that goods arriving from the territory of the Union be declared when they are transported in other than regular ship traffic.

For Union goods transported in regular ship traffic, approved by Customs, no arrival notifications are to be submitted and non-Union goods must be transported under the T1 transit procedure.

When a ship or a plane, arriving from a port or airport outside the Union, is intended to visit more than one port or airport within the Union, then an entry summary declaration concerning all the transported goods must be submitted to the first customs office within the Union. A declaration must also be submitted for goods that will not be unloaded into the Union territory.

A temporary storage declaration is only submitted to subsequent customs offices in the customs territory of the Union for goods that will be unloaded there.

Points to consider

The European Union has entered into separate agreements on the obligation to declare goods and to perform risk analyses with both Switzerland (including Liechtenstein) and Norway. Based on these agreements, safety and security data is not required for goods arriving to or exiting these countries.

When the exporting country is either Norway or Switzerland, no entry summary declaration has to be submitted. However, a temporary storage declaration is required.