A ROOT-AND-BRANCH reform of the European Union's customs administrations is being proposed by the European Commission, to enable officials to deal with the flood of new trade that is being created by the development of e-commerce.

Brussels wants to ensure that customs forces are not overwhelmed by high workloads and are also able to effectively fight fraud.

Said Customs Commissioner Frits Bolkestein: "The rapidly changing world trading environment means we need to step up our efforts to tackle fraud on a coordinated basis, ...

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