Assistance to UCC Transition
The Community Customs Code (CCC), which was adopted on 12 October 1992, has now been replaced by the Union Customs Code (UCC), which was formally adopted on 9 October 2013 but actually implemented through a secondary legislation in the form of a Delegated Act (DA) and an Implementing Act (IA) and its associated Annexes: Annex (Part 1/2), Annex (Part 2/2), Annex (Part 1/3), Annex (Part 2/3), Annex (Part 3/3). The UCC, DA and IA take legal effect across all EU Member States from 1st of May 2016.
Vivansa helps your Organisation turn the UCC Work Programme into tangible results.
The UCC Work Programme
New Customs applications
Years of Transition
EU National Authorities involved
How we can help Authorities
National Authorities of the EU plan to undertake a major transformation of their Customs IT system over the next five years. This is how we can help.
The achievement of the full UCC implementation is a long and complex process with a lot of dependencies that highlights the usual challenges most of organisations are facing when it comes to align IT transformations to fluctuant business needs. As the IT environment becomes more and more sophisticated, these challenges are shifting towards questions of collaboration, complexity management and business continuity. They require the consistent adoption of best practices that are new (or that have been considered until now in an isolated manner), such as Enterprise Architecture (EA), Service-Orientation (SO), Master Data Management (MDM), and Business Process Management (BPM). Vivansa is involved for years in such challenging and complex projects, especially in the filed of Customs and its ecosystem, and applies those practices using the complementary skills of its collaborators, crossing the business and IT communities’ boundaries. All this makes Vivansa fully equipped when it comes to supporting UCC roadmap definition with the constant focus on avoiding usual pitfalls encountered by organisations facing similar challenges.
The adoption of SOA and service-orientation is part of the IT strategy of most eCustoms stakeholders (and singularly DG TAXUD as stated in the MASP) in the support to a better alignment to business requirements, to a better effort-sharing and collaboration, to increased flexibility and consistency, as well as to reduced time-to-market and total cost-of-ownership. However, adopting SOA is not a one-day journey. Such an initiative often implies cultural changes and governance adjustments in respect with the social and power structure of the organisation. Vivansa has been involved early in the application of SOA principles and methodologies, especially in the customs business domain, and can help you in the consistent and progressive adoption of SOA. Defining service inventories and service contracts is a key strategic activity that requires more than IT skills. It should be part of an Enterprise Architecture that federates all actors around common objectives targeting added business values.
As “interoperability” is a key concept in a so complex and dynamic environment such as the Customs Union, the way the information is exchanged between stakeholders is the cornerstone of the efficient application of information technologies as targeted by the UCC. Data is probably the most important asset of any organization and mastering its governance is a key strategic requirement. In addition, the unavoidable proliferation of interfaces between stakeholders requires a common understanding of the semantic (i.e. the meaning) and syntaxes (i.e. the languages) of the pieces of exchanged information. While data harmonization is considered as a facilitator, the unavoidable diversity of requirements and cultural contexts must be also addressed by adopting modern and flexible data modeling and governing practices. Vivansa has been involved in the definition and the maintenance of the EU Customs Data Model (or EU CDM, aligned on the WCO DM using the GEFEG’s tooling) and can help you to apply it as a reference for your specific developments. Moreover, Vivansa also focus on the application of big data and semantic web technologies as vectors to innovations in this context.
An important effort has been spent by DG TAXUD to codify the customs business processes in support to the UCC implementation. The initial objective was to document the business process to achieve a common understanding and define reference business models. While the UCC highly emphasizes the legal application of information technologies, it is relevant to consider these assets as valuable inputs to the implementation of the required IT systems. However, because the initial purpose did not target such final objective, a significant effort is still required to apply those business models to the specific context of a national IT development, addressing specific requirements and technologies. Vivansa has been strongly involved in the production of these models (using the Software AG’s ARIS tooling) as well as in their application in a specific context. Therefore, we can help you to take them on-board in a consistent and adaptive way, incorporating those artifacts in your development lifecycle ideally supported by EA & SOA best practices.
One of the strategic objectives of the UCC is to facilitate trade by establishing new trusted relationships between the economic operators and the customs authorities as well as by legally applying information technologies to automate and accelerate the business processes. Vivansa usually offers its services to customs authorities (concerned by the customs procedures) as well as to economic operators (concerned by the supply chain management). While both communities have different concerns, they should benefit from a join definition of electronic facilities to efficiently realize their respective objectives. Vivansa can help you to better understand what could be added to the legal obligations in terms of electronic services to achieve a valuable and modern IT landscape that could be also a source of revenue.
Vivansa is constantly involved in DG TAXUD IT projects for years and has acquired the ability to develop ready-to-use IT solution building blocks that answer specific business needs relating to eCustoms. Rather than offering a hypothetical global solution for the UCC implementation, we are applying best practices, such as service-orientation and its design principles, to offer granular and intrinsically interoperable components to flexibly compose business-driven IT solutions within specific environments. Most of the time, Vivansa has developed such components in collaboration with some stakeholders before to offer them to others under the form of ready-to-compose software assets. You can consider it as a toolbox applicable in the realisation of your IT transformations and complementing how Vivansa can help you to achieve them.
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The Vivansa eCustoms People have a great advantage – excellent knowledge about business processes and deep expertise in the usage of the best tool for modelling them – ARIS. Vivansa is a Global Partner of Software AG, so you are on the very right place if you strive for business processes optimisation at your organisation.
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