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About the journal

Dear Reader,

Customs formalities cover the global supply chains from the country of exportation to the country of importation. The legal rules to be addressed on the way are extensive (tariff, non-tariff, safety, etc.). They vary across the countries and regions, change constantly, and often are inaccessible because of the language barrier and/ or unavailability online. 

Another aspect is that the business aims to arrange the customs formalities in the most cost-effective way, taking into account tariff preferences, the variety of customs procedures, and the simplifications. Therefore, the task to ensure compliant and cost-effective customs formalities is a complex one and any customs-related topic is in the scope of the journal. 

At the core of the Customs Compliance & Risk Management Journal for Practitioners in Europe are these keywords: up-to-date customs knowledge, harmonisation and simplification of the international rules (the simpler the rules, the easier to trade and to manage the risk and compliance).

The first bi-monthly issue is released at the end of March 2020. Stakeholders - business, customs, academia, and others - from all over the world are welcome to contribute. 

The editorial board:
Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus, LCPA, Lithuania
Anna Gayk, Mendel Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 
Dr. David Savage, Ireland 
Roberto Raya da Silva, Raya Consult, Brazil
Enrika Naujokė, LCPA, Lithuania

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Best regards,
Lithuanian Customs Practitioners Association (LCPA)

Terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions

Responsibility for the content. The information contained in the "Customs Compliance & Risk Management" Journal for Practitioners in Europe is for general information purposes only and cannot be construed as legal advice, conclusion or consultation. The publisher Lithuanian Customs Practitioners Association (LCPA) does not necessarily agree with the views of the authors of articles.

Distribution. The exclusive right to distribute the journal belongs to LCPA. The paid articles of the journal are only for the use of those who have acquired them lawfully. The originals or copies of the articles may not be distributed, sold, rented, lent or otherwise transferred without the written consent of LCPA.

Remuneration. LCPA is a non-profit body. Editorial board membership is organized on a non-remunerated basis, conferring honorary status. Part of the revenue is intended to cover the publishing costs. Above cost income will be distributed to the authors, according to readability statistics. Royalties for publications will be distributed after one year of publishing (April 2021), the first results being achieved.

Procedure upon violation. LCPA will make every effort to resolve any disputes in a consensual manner and therefore asks to be notified (using the contact details provided) of any conflict or misunderstanding before other steps are taken.

Disclaimer. LCPA accepts no liability for the quality of the information provided or for it being correct, complete or up-to-date. It is the sole responsibility of the authors themselves to ensure compliance with intellectual property rights. We expect authors to indemnify and hold the LCPA harmless from any loss, damage, claim, expense or costs, that may be incurred or sustained in connection with or in any way arising out as a result of intellectual property violation claims.  

Information for authors

Information for Authors

Writing an article is a great way to share your knowledge, to inform readers about your expertise in customs and, if relevant, about your organisation. Thanking for your contribution, we will grant access to all the articles of the journal and invite you to meet other authors and exchange in a bimonthly online meeting. 


The reader of the journal is a practitioner dealing with customs-related questions first of all in business. She or he might be a beginner or experienced one. Therefore, please write for practitioners, delivering your message in a simple and clear way. 


The main language of the journal is English. However, practitioners in many countries do not speak English, therefore, we encourage to write the article in several languages up to your choice.

Structure and length

Please start with about 3-5 sentences introducing what is your article about. Structure the article in short paragraphs, use subtitles. At the end of the article (and/ or in the author’s profile), you may introduce your organisation and services.

The length of the article is up to your choice, the most important is to clearly deliver the knowledge/ the main message to the reader (there are articles of 1000 and of 3000 words, it can be less or more). 

Author’s profile

Additionally, you may send us a picture and a description of the author for the author's profile. The author's profile opens when you click on the author’s name in the article. 


Please also read 'About the Journal' and 'Terms and Conditions'.


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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the third edition of the Journal of Customs Compliance and Risk Management. 

It is no understatement to say that 2020 has been a very strange year. The lives of countless millions of people around the world have been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the global upheaval, trade continues albeit at subdued levels. 

We as customs professionals continue to provide the lubrication that greases the wheels of international trade. Indeed, as we edge towards 2021 those of us who live in Europe have another major event to anticipate, i.e. the final departure of the United Kingdom from the EU’s customs union. As the old saying goes ‘It’s an ill wind that does not blow some good’. Brexit has several downsides, but it presents our profession with many opportunities. Reports suggest there are acute shortages of customs agents in the UK and Ireland respectively. I would imagine this also to be true in other EU countries that trade extensively with the United Kingdom and as Aristotle once postulated, ‘nature abhors a vacuum’! So, in a year that many might prefer to forget, perhaps there is room for some optimism.

This edition of the Journal of Customs Compliance and Risk Management covers a wide variety of topical subjects from the fast-moving world of customs and trade. We learn about how proof of origin in the EU-Vietnam FTA will be managed in the article written by Edita Trukŝinienė and Paresh Solanki tells us about the Importer Export Code in India. In the article written by Dr Kormych and Dr Valantiejus, we explore how Ukraine’s Customs legislation has been impacted by the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine. Dr Gerd Schwendinger and Dr Katja Göcke set out the implications for those who do not fully comply with customs legislation in Germany. Similarly, Evguenia Dereviankine and Bertrand Rager describe how customs non-compliances are managed in France. Meanwhile, Dinesh Unadkat described the pragmatic approach to customs non-compliance taken by HMRC in the United Kingdom. This edition also contains important contributions on the topics of BTIs, Brexit, special customs procedures in the EU, approved exporters along with the review of this month’s legal developments.

Please note, it is now possible to comment on the articles. This presents us all with an opportunity to expand our network, collaborate further and deepen our understanding of the world of Customs and Trade. 

I hope you enjoy this edition.

Dr David Savage

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