Country: Greece

The Hellenic Customs Administration is a law enforcement agency and is one of the main units of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR). With the establishment of the modern Hellenic state, one of the first institutions set up to secure the necessary resources for its operation were the Customs Service. Hellenic Customs Service's statutory tasks and obligations are, among others, to implement the National and European Community Customs Code, to control the trade of goods under excise duties (tobacco products, alcohol, fuel), to assess and collect duties, to exercise border customs controls, to protect the public health and society, to combat illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons, radioactive substances, to combat trade of counterfeited products, to combat money laundering. The above factors are components of the mission of the Customs Service. Nowadays the Customs Service focuses its efforts to facilitate the commercial transactions, without omitting to prove in practice its interest to protect the society.

Particularly, the General Directorate of Customs and Excise Duty is administration in charge of the implementation and compliance with the regulatory and statutory provisions relating to the movement of persons, goods and vehicles entering and exiting the Greek customs territory that is also a Community customs territory. The Customs Service acts in various fields by performing two cardinal roles, the Fiscal-Economic and the Social one.

Role in TRESSPASS:

Hellenic Customs participates in the tasks related to end-user requirements, training, design and assessment of risk based border crossings, pilot demos in Hellas and dissemination and exploitation activities. The Customs Service acts in various fields by performing two cardinal roles, the Fiscal-Economic and the Social one.