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Customs Authorisation and Approval

Transition Arrangements: Transition arrangements for Regular Shipping Service

Regular Shipping Service authorisations issued under the Community Customs Code (Reg. No. 2913/92) may continue to be used until the authorisation is reassessed, at which time the criteria and conditions stipulated in the Code will be required to be fulfilled.  This reassessment must be completed by 1 May 2019.

From 1 May 2016, all new movements and procedures related to Regular Shipping Service must be completed under the Code provisions, regardless of whether a Community Customs Code (Reg. No. 2913/92) authorisation is still being used.

The following table details the type of operations or procedures which may be conducted under a Community Customs Code (Reg No. 2913/92) authorisation or those which only apply to new UCC authorisations. 

Procedures available under a Community Customs Code (Reg No. 2913/92) authorisation or approval may only be conducted during transition where they were specifically included in the authorisation on 30 April 2016.

Type of Operation/ Benefits available after 1 May 2016 Available with a 2913/92 authorisation (CCC) Only available with a 952/13 authorisation (UCC)
Vessels may not call at any ports outside the territory of the Union or Free zones Y Y
Goods on board the vessel are considered to be Union goods. Y Y
Consultation period between Member States for Regular Shipping Service authorisations is 15 days Y Y


The criteria and conditions for authorisation as a regular Shipping Service are unchanged by the Code.