Joint Customs-Railways Meeting in Vienna

From 16-18 May 2022, member states that are part of the transit procedure exchanged their views on current customs-related challenges.

Rail Cargo Group hosted the 62nd Joint Customs-Railways Meeting in Vienna. It welcomed participants including customs officers from various railway companies, national customs authorities, the Directorate-General for Taxes and Customs Union of the European Commission (TAXUD), the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

Working together for strong rail freight transport

The meeting was held for the first time as a hybrid event and involved about 50 participants. Among the items discussed were the replacement of the simplified railway transit procedure (vgVV) with NCTS 5, changes to the entry summary declaration in connection with the Import Control System 2 (ICS2), and the impact of the war in Ukraine on the customs community. Once again, this direct contact between authorities and businesses was instrumental in establishing a common understanding of current and upcoming customs-related challenges, thereby strengthening the customs community within rail transport as a whole.