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Important. French #customs announce a new smart border in Calais and Channel Tunnel in prep for #Briext.

What is it, what it definitely isn’t and what’s smart about it? /1

It’s a way to speed up the checks in case of #nodeal. On the way in and out of France (exports/imports). Similar to how transit procedure works currently /2
What it is?
1) Way to submit customs docs online before arriving at the border
2) Hopefully, a way to speed up border/customs checks
1) Different lanes for vehicles that need/don’t need checks

What it isn’t?
1) Simplification of customs procedures – same docs and procedures required
2) Paperless- paper needed, same customs declarations just with a barcode
3) Removing infrastructure from the border - everything stays the same

It’s making customs decs similar to transit procedure: submitted online beforehand and vehicles paired with customs docs. Also similar to the pilot tested on the Norwegian border (more on the pilot and transit here) / 5

Just to be clear- this is no cutting edge technology. All this is currently used for transit procedure. Calling it a smart border maybe bit of an oversell. Also pre-lodging can potentially mean a bit of extra work for traders/brokers /6
Pairing of customs docs with number plates could potentially mean less flexibility- last minute switches due to faulty vehicles, absent drivers etc.. but not necessarily depends how administered /7
Mentions SPS checks but doesn’t clarify. Will all goods subject to SPS automatically go via orange lane? /8
Things to clarify
1) Relies on traders submitting docs in advance - will they/ brokers need to register?
2) At which point will customs guarantee be needed (e.g. transit)?
3) Clarification of SPS/ anti-smuggling checks - how do they fit it? /9
Overall great to see French customs implementing solutions within existing rules. Looks promising and waiting for further info / end
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