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How to establish and utilize essential goods lists during a disaster

In the response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a number of Members designated priority lanes and introduced facilitative measures with regard to the cross-border movement of essential goods. However, there is no internationally recognized definition of essential goods to support those Members that are yet to consider providing priority treatment and facilitative measures to such goods.

To remedy the lack of a uniform interpretation and harmonized guidance on the matter, the WCO Secretariat developed a document aimed at highlighting certain provisions of existing WCO instruments and tools, other reference material and Members’ practices. The document has been published on the dedicated COVID-19 section of the WCO web-site.

If devised and implemented in practice in a timely and coordinated manner, under a whole-of government approach, a list of essential goods, equipment and services can be a major measure to facilitate the cross-border movement of relief and essential supplies and to sustain supply chain continuity. However, if interpreted inappropriately, such lists can create bottlenecks and hinder the smooth movement of goods and conveyances.

The WCO hopes that the Secretariat Note on How to establish and utilize essential goods lists during a disaster will support governments in their efforts to facilitate trade and mitigate the effects of the current crisis on Members’ economies and societies.

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FAQ

What is EORI number and what is used for?

  • The EORI number serves as a unique identifier for subsequent communication with the customs authorities of all Member States of the European Union.

How do I get the EORI number?

What documents do I submit at the first export, import?

  • EORI ID number.
  • Verified copy of Business Register listing and VAT registration number.
  • The power of attorney for representation in the customs procedure must be signed by the statutory body according to the extract from the Business Register.

What must be on the invoice?

  • Delivery terms according to INCOTERMS (who pays for the transport and its price to be divided into CZ, EU and third countries)
  • Number and type of packages
  • Gross and net weight
  • Mode of transport and license number of the means of transport, in the case of a piece consignment a license number of a car that arrives at the local customs office
  • Customs office of exit from the EU

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