An HMRC-sponsored forum which was established in 1969 to exchange views on and discuss proposed changes to customs procedures and documentation relating to the entry and clearance of goods. It gives the opportunity for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to consider representations from more than 20 member organisations face-to-face. This committee is the main forum for the department to consult trade on imports and exports.
|Airline Operators Committee for Cargo UK (AOCC UK)|
|Association of Freight Software Suppliers (AFSS)|
|Association of International & Courier Express Services (AICES)|
|Automated Customs and International Trade Association (ACITA)|
|British Association of Removers (BAR)|
|British Association of Ship Suppliers (BASS)|
|British Business General Aviation Authority (BBGA)|
|British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)|
|British Exporters Association (BEXA)|
|British International Freight Association (BIFA)|
|British Ports Association (BPA)|
|British Retails Consortium (BRC)|
|Chamber of Shipping (COS)|
|Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT)|
|Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIT)|
|Community System Providers (CSPs)|
|Customs Air Transport Industry Consultative Group (CATICG)|
|Customs Practitioners Group (CPG)|
|Federation of Sport and Play Associations (FSPA)|
|Food and Drink Federation (FDF)|
|Freight Transport Association (FTA)|
|Fresh Produce Consortium|
|Institute of Chartered Shipbuilders (ICS)|
|Institute of Export (IOE)|
|International Meat Trade Association (IMTA)|
|Road Haulage Association (RHA)|
|Royal Mail (RM)|
|Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)|
|UK Aerospace Industry Customs Group (UKAICG)|
|UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG)|
|UK Warehousing Association (UKWA)|
|Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA)|
Terms of reference
The purpose of the Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) is to:
- discuss and advise upon proposed strategic changes to customs policies, procedures and business model
- share information and act as a consultative group for EU, international and national customs initiatives, and obtain industry views to ensure coherence and a common understanding in influencing negotiations
- understand industry and regulatory impacts
- horizon scan
- review progress against agreed aims and objectives, and to suggest remedial action for objectives that are not being achieved
- the JCCC will meet 3 times a year. The first meeting each year will include identifying strategic objectives to be delivered during the year and the last meeting will review progress against the agreed objectives. These will be recorded in the meeting minutes. The last meeting of each year will be considered to be the AGM
- HMRC will provide the JCCC secretariat
- the industry membership of the JCCC will be as representative of international trade and customs matters as possible. The representatives must have a process in place to obtain and disseminate JCCC information to and from their members. JCCC members must ensure that they are representing the views of their members and not their own personal opinion. Members that do not attend 2 meetings in succession will be contacted and urged to attend, resign or send an alternative attendee
- membership of the JCCC will be agreed by the HMRC and industry chairs
- membership will be reviewed every 2 years
- the JCCC shall be entitled to co-opt additional members on such terms as they shall see fit. The maximum number of members shall include no more than 4 co-opted members at any one time. Co-opted members shall be recruited: - to ensure membership of the JCCC is as representative of international trade and customs matters as possible - or because they have specific skills or abilities needed by the committee
- the Committee will be chaired by the Director Customs or a nominated deputy from HMRC
- JCCC sub-groups will be chaired by the appropriate HMRC senior manager or a nominated deputy
- the JCCC industry members will agree an industry chair, who will be the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for agenda items and who will be biennially elected
- operational issues must be raised in the relevant policy lead or sub-group first. Operational items that cannot be resolved by the policy lead or sub-group can exceptionally be raised with the JCCC Secretariat for inclusion in a full JCCC agenda
- any JCCC member can propose an agenda item. The industry chair and the HMRC chair will agree the agenda jointly. Agenda items will be agreed between the industry chair and HMRC chair at least 2 weeks before the meeting. Following the meeting the draft minutes will be sent to the industry representatives within 4 weeks. The industry chair will arrange a pre-meeting discussion of the agenda with industry representatives
- non-urgent Customs Information Papers (CIPs) will be circulated to JCCC members for a 5 day pre-issue consultation period
In order to consult as widely and democratically as possible, industry members should be:
- a national UK organisation with a significant interest in the movement of goods
- not represent any particular (air)ports
- not represent individual company business interests
HMRC membership will consist of the Director and Deputy Director Customs supported by relevant HMRC colleagues and sub-group chairs as appropriate, and according to the agenda. In addition it will also include representatives from the Border Force
Other government departments will be invited to attend on an ‘as required’ basis.
Strategic issues can be proposed as agenda items by JCCC members to the full JCCC. Proposals should be sent to the secretariat at least 2 weeks before the meeting. For main JCCC agenda items, a paper must be prepared and distributed two weeks before the meeting for each agenda item. Late agenda items will be deferred to the following meetings. Urgent issues will be dealt with in correspondence.
Operational issues should initially be taken to the appropriate HMRC or BF operational lead for resolution. If a resolution cannot be found, or has wider implications, the issue can be taken by industry members or the HMRC/BF policy lead to the relevant sub-group. If the matter is urgent it can be dealt with by the sub-group in correspondence. Only operational issues that remain in dispute after this should be taken to the main JCCC.
Queries about the JCCC can be directed to the secretariat by email at:
Or by phone on:
03000 522 520
The JCCC secretariat will not accept queries on operational matters, which should be directed to the appropriate HMRC/BF policy lead or sub-group as set out above.
JCCC Consultation Papers
Please see the National Archives website for archived JCCC Consultation Papers.
JCCC meeting minutes
Meeting frequency - there are 3 scheduled meetings per year, chaired by either a Director or Deputy Director of HMRC.
These minutes contain papers submitted by industry groups which do not represent the views of HMRC.
Minutes from previous years’ meetings are available on The National Archives website:
JCCC yearly reviews
Sub-groups and working groups
A number of smaller sub-groups are used to discuss in-depth technical issues. These groups are set up when required and disbanded after their purpose has been achieved.
Terms of reference for JCCC groups
Terms of reference for the JCCC Duty Liability Working Group, detailing scope, objectives, purpose and membership criteria (updated May 2017).
Terms of reference for the JCCC Customs Product and Processes Group, detailing scope, objectives, purpose and membership criteria (updated April 2019).
JCCC sub-group minutes
Archived JCCC sub-group and working group minutes
Archived JCCC sub-group and working group minutes are available on The National Archives website:
Customs Brexit Group
Customs Future Vision Sub-group
The Customs Change Sub-group has been discontinued - you can see minutes and terms of reference on The National Archives website.
Customs Products and Processes Group
You can read previous years’ minutes on The National Archives website:
Duty Liability Sub-group
For previous years’ minutes, please visit The National Archives website:
- 2020 minutes
- [2019 and previous years] (https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20200304083231/https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/joint-customs-consultative-committee)
International Trade Operating Systems Working Group
The International Trade Operating Systems Working Group has been discontinued - you can see minutes and terms of reference on The National Archives website.
Modernising Freight Management Sub-group
The Modernising Freight Management Sub-group has been discontinued. Minutes have been archived.
Archived JCCC newsletters are available on the National Archives website.