The Decision 642/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 establishes the Community action programme Customs 2013 (2008-2013). The programme aims to support the development of a pan-European electronic customs environment which ensures that customs activities match the needs of the internal market, guarantees the protection of the financial interests of the EC and increases safety and security. The programme started on 1 January 2008 and end on 31 December 2013. The countries participating in the Customs 2013 programme are the EU Member States. The programme is also open to candidate countries, potential candidate countries and certain partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

Customs 2013 programme continues the activities carried out in the framework of the previous customs programmes, in particular Customs 2007, wich is an extension of the two preceding action programmes in the customs field: Customs 2000 (1996-2000) and Customs 2002 (2001-2002).

The main objectives of the Customs 2013 programme are:

  • supporting the development of a pan-European electronic customs environment which ensures that customs activities match the needs of the internal market, guarantees the protection of the EC's financial interests and increases safety and security;
  • contributing to the creation of a modernised customs code;
  • increasing cooperation between customs administrations so that they carry out their tasks as effectively as if they were a single administration;
  • increasing international customs cooperation between EU customs administrations and third countries customs authorities in the field of supply chain security;
  • preparing for enlargement, including the sharing of experience and knowledge with the customs administrations of the countries concerned;
  • developing cooperation and exchange of information and best practices with the customs administrations of third countries, in particular candidate countries, potential candidate countries and partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy;
  • standardising and simplifying customs systems and controls to reduce the administrative burden and the cost of compliance for economic operators;
  • identifying, developing and applying best working practices.

To fulfill the objectives Customs 2013 programme will include activities in the field of communications systems and exchange of information, comparative analyses, seminars and workshops, project groups and steering groups, working visits, training activities and monitoring activities.