Companies dealing with foreign trade operations and intercommunity transits need to exchange customs and trade information abroad, with their partners (traders and forwarders, logistics operators and global integrators) but also with the local customs authorities Europe-wide, complementarily to EU rules complying with their specific operational rules and established regulations.
Even though the customs procedures are being harmonised within the European Union, they are locally realised. There are significant differences in data content and workflow, information handling technologies and communication means, intermediate players and customs agents, legal authorisations and audit procedures.
EurTradeNet has worked hard to balance local diversity towards European homogenisation. At country level, the ETN partners provide the information handling and secure communication with the local Customs Authorities. As an umbrella organisation, EurTradeNet allows them to share knowledge and to project common activities, better influencing the international bodies to optimize the deployment of new public regulations and operational approaches Europe-wide.
The positive experience of ETN-Italia activated in 2015, and the brave entrepreneurship of CNS a.s. as fully committed Czech ETN member, allowed this January 2017 the inception of the second National branch of EurTradeNet: ETN Czech Republic. As a first step, two more customs service providers adhered, Celní Software and NZ Servis. Their differential know-how and complementary expertise reinforces the professional impulse of CNS.