CUS403 European Customs Law (16)

This unit introduces students to the relationship between the Union Customs Code (UCC) and the consequential responsibilities of the European customs services and traders in respect of goods crossing national borders. The unit examines the scope of the legislation; the procedural context; and the relevant policy and practice that results in streamlined, uniform and simplified customs procedures, legal certainty and electronic environment. There is a particular focus on customs procedures for compliant and trustworthy economic operators (AEO).


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS403. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Customs and Excise Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students in the Master of Customs Administration, Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration or the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration who have completed or are undertaking CUS402.  CUS402 and CUS403 are incompatible subjects.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and evaluate critically customs law issues and their implications for regulatory practice including customs procedures for compliant and trustworthy economic operators.
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to contribute to policy-making processes which impact on customs practice and procedure with appropriate reference to relevant UCC provisions and national application.
  • be able to make high level, independent judgements concerning the administration of customs procedures in conformity with the rules of European customs law
  • be able to analyse issues that may arise in the customs environment in the context of legal requirements
  • be able to apply and assess critically the principles of European customs law to situations that they may face as customs officials
  • be able to identify the sources of customs law including the UCC and key international instruments affecting Customs operations


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The European Union
  • ­Background - A "Customs" Union
  • ­EU Treaties as sources of Customs Law
  • ­Other sources of International Customs Law
  • European Union Customs
  • ­Development, need and strategies (simplicity, service and speed)
  • ­Modern concepts and approaches - integrated IT processes, interfaces and portals
  • ­Reducing the administrative burden for compliant entities
  • EU Customs Legislation
  • ­The UCC and combined legislation of code, delegated and implementing articles
  • ­Scope, rights and obligations and selected procedures
  • ­Customs procedures for compliant and trustworthy economic operators
  • Application
  • ­The Common Customs Tariff of the EU
  • ­UCC Work Programme
  • ­Offences
  • ­National Application


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.