Oxford Research has, in cooperation with Coffey, Economisti Associati and wedoIT, produced a study to support the impact assessment of the EU Single Window environment for customs.

Since the early 2010’s the European Commission has been working through its Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General (DG TAXUD) to initiate development of an EU Single Window environment for customs.

The objective of the system is to facilitate the transfer of goods between the union’s member states by enabling economic operators to, in a simplified and standardized way, provide all the information required by customs and non-customs legislation for EU cross-border movements of goods. In cooperation with Coffey, Economisti Associati and wedoIT, Oxford Research has produced a study to support the impact assessment of this initiative.

The purpose of the study was to conduct research and analysis and involve stakeholders to support all aspects of the Commission’s work with the impact assessment, from identifying and substantiating problems with the status quo to defining objectives and options for the new initiative to estimating the likely impacts of those options to select the most suitable one.

The methodology consisted of desk examinations, detailed interviews with stakeholders and their consultation, a public consultation and in-depth case studies.

The study showed that:

  • The current situation is sufficiently problematic to require new action
  • The EU is responsible for and well-positioned to carry out this action
  • Uniform rules for political goals and policy options are possible to set within the scope of the EU

The study also found that these options would both generate significant net economic benefits for government agencies and economic operators, and lead to important social and environmental benefits such as reduction of fraud and better compliance with EU regulatory requirements.

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