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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 businesses aim 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 and national rules (the simpler the rules, the easier to trade and to manage the risk and compliance).

The first bi-monthly issue was released at the end of March 2020. Stakeholders - business, customs, academia, and others - from all over the world are invited to read the journal and to contribute articles. ISSN 2669-2171

The editorial board:
Enrika Naujokė, LCPA, Lithuania
Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus, LCPA, Lithuania
Dr. David Savage, Ireland 
Roberto Raya da Silva, Raya Consult, Brazil
Dr. Borys Kormych, National University "Odesa Law Academy", Ukraine
Michael Schlosser, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Jessica Yang, JY XBorder Consulting Ltd, the United Kingdom
Samuel Draginich, INTRAL Corporation, United States/Vietnam

We will be happy to answer your questions. Contact: info@lcpa.lt  

Best regards,
Lithuanian Customs Practitioners Association (LCPA)
www.lcpa.lt/en

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. The revenue is intended to cover the publishing costs.

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.

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Information for authors

Information for Authors

Writing an article is a great way to share your knowledge and, if relevant, to inform readers about your expertise in a particular field of Customs.

Articles are contributed on a non-remunerated basis. Thanking you for your contribution, we will invite you to meet other authors in bimonthly online meetings.

The ISSN 2669-2171 number can be used for academic purposes.

Reader

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. 

Language 

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. 

Note

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

Contacts

We will be happy to answer your questions. Please contact us by info@lcpa.lt

Dear readers,

We’re delighted to welcome you to the 9th edition of the Journal of Customs Compliance and Risk Management (‘CCRM’). 

First, I would like to thank all the authors who contributed to this edition. Without these valuable contributions this journal would not be the success that it is today. Customs professionals, you are encouraged to reach out to us if you would like to contribute to this journal. 

This edition provides insight on a wide array of topics: FTAs, statement on origins, VAT obligations, dual-use regulations, and many more.

I’d like to mention a very special article and video from Dr. Hans-Michael Wolfgang in which he sits down with Enrika Naujokė to discuss the realities of being an editor at the World Customs Journal. The World Customs Journal is the leading international academic journal on customs issues; it has solidified its place over the years as a bastion of excellence in the customs world. This insightful exchange sheds light on many of the challenges and benefits of being involved with such as prestigious journal. 

In this edition our CCRM UK Customs superstars Jessica Yang and Toby Spink collaborated on an article about direct and indirect representation. This is a niche topic not frequently spoken about yet of immense importance. A must read for customs practitioners operating in Europe. 

Finally, this edition brings up a rather nebulous but intriguing subject, what is the most complex customs topic? During the 6th Authors’ Meeting we crowdsourced ideas on the most pressing customs issues of the moment. The ‘Trump Tariffs’ (Section 301 China action), new VAT regulations in the UK and EU, as well as the level training needed for customs brokers to be considered competent are just a few of the topics brought to light. This is a must read for anyone interested in the theory and philosophy behind customs. 

Above is but a brief synopsis of the articles included in the 9th edition of the CCRM. We encourage you to read through all of them, provide feedback, and consider contributing if you have helpful knowledge to offer. Finally, I’d like to encourage readers to look at the training courses and videos offered on CustomsClearance.net. There you will find an array of informative videos covering a wide breadth of customs topics; crucial knowledge for those working in the customs field or aspiring customs professionals. 

Thank you for your time, we hope you enjoy the 9th edition of the Journal of Customs Compliance and Risk Management. 

Samuel Draginich
Member of the Editorial Board

en
EU law news: July 2021
31-07-2021

News in week 30: EU-Argentine agreement relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff rate quotas; storage of and automated access to the information on the VAT exempted importations under the ‘import scheme’; notices of the expire of anti-dumping measures on imports of high fatigue performance steel concrete reinforcement bars and of aspartame.

Customs Practitioners Association

national legislation
en
EU law news: July 2021
31-07-2021

News in week 30: EU-Argentine agreement relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff rate quotas; storage of and automated access to the information on the VAT exempted importations under the ‘import scheme’; notices of the expire of anti-dumping measures on imports of high fatigue performance steel concrete reinforcement bars and of aspartame.

Customs Practitioners Association

national legislation
en
Expectations for the future of the EU trade and customs policy: what should be known to practitioners?
27-07-2021

The article analyses new strategic document of the EU’s Commission (presented to the public in February, 2021, and currently discussed in other EU institutions) called “Trade Policy Review - An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy”. This document (strategy) aims to establish a new consensus for trade policy in the EU and sets new core objectives for the regulation of trade and customs issues with specific third countries. Taking into account this aspect, this article summarizes and critically evaluates the provisions of the new strategy designed to regulate trade with the EU's main foreign trade partners (United States, China, Russia, India, other countries of the BRICS region) and describes the significance of the strategy for international trade business and its taxation.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

trade policies
en
Expectations for the future of the EU trade and customs policy: what should be known to practitioners?
27-07-2021

The article analyses new strategic document of the EU’s Commission (presented to the public in February, 2021, and currently discussed in other EU institutions) called “Trade Policy Review - An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy”. This document (strategy) aims to establish a new consensus for trade policy in the EU and sets new core objectives for the regulation of trade and customs issues with specific third countries. Taking into account this aspect, this article summarizes and critically evaluates the provisions of the new strategy designed to regulate trade with the EU's main foreign trade partners (United States, China, Russia, India, other countries of the BRICS region) and describes the significance of the strategy for international trade business and its taxation.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

trade policies
en
Ukraine law news: July 2021
27-07-2021

News at a glance: registration of non-residents at the customs office of Ukraine; criminalization of smuggling: the first step done for adoption; the government regulated the monitoring procedure of the compliance of AEO in Ukraine; safeguard regarding import of the ceramic tiles was terminated.

Iryna Pavlenko, Oleg Kyryievskyi

national legislation
en
Ukraine law news: July 2021
27-07-2021

News at a glance: registration of non-residents at the customs office of Ukraine; criminalization of smuggling: the first step done for adoption; the government regulated the monitoring procedure of the compliance of AEO in Ukraine; safeguard regarding import of the ceramic tiles was terminated.

Iryna Pavlenko, Oleg Kyryievskyi

national legislation
en
What does it mean to have a direct or indirect representative for customs clearance in the UK?
21-07-2021

When goods cross a border, customs formalities need to be completed. The trader has the option to complete the formalities themselves, or engage someone else to do this for them. Generally, traders find someone, such as a customs agent, to complete the formalities for them. In this case, the customs agent would act as either a direct or an indirect representative. This article explains the difference between these two types of representations and what the responsibilities and liabilities are for both the trader and the customs agent.

Jessica Yang, Toby Spink

representation
en
What does it mean to have a direct or indirect representative for customs clearance in the UK?
21-07-2021

When goods cross a border, customs formalities need to be completed. The trader has the option to complete the formalities themselves, or engage someone else to do this for them. Generally, traders find someone, such as a customs agent, to complete the formalities for them. In this case, the customs agent would act as either a direct or an indirect representative. This article explains the difference between these two types of representations and what the responsibilities and liabilities are for both the trader and the customs agent.

Jessica Yang, Toby Spink

representation
en
UCC Navigator - a new innovative tool that helps to overcome EU customs legislation complexity
21-07-2021

Following the introduction of the Union Customs Code (UCC), the public and private sectors have been looking for a smart way to navigate the complexity of the UCC, which must be read in conjunction with the Delegated Act, the Transitional Delegated Act and the Implementing Act to gain a proper understanding and interpretation of the legal provisions. This task is greatly simplified through the use of new interactive web-based tool called UCC Navigator®, which has been developed by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) at Charles Sturt University in collaboration with a leading software developer, Vivid Thought.

Professor David Widdowson, Dr Mikhail Kashubsky

electronic systems
en
UCC Navigator - a new innovative tool that helps to overcome EU customs legislation complexity
21-07-2021

Following the introduction of the Union Customs Code (UCC), the public and private sectors have been looking for a smart way to navigate the complexity of the UCC, which must be read in conjunction with the Delegated Act, the Transitional Delegated Act and the Implementing Act to gain a proper understanding and interpretation of the legal provisions. This task is greatly simplified through the use of new interactive web-based tool called UCC Navigator®, which has been developed by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) at Charles Sturt University in collaboration with a leading software developer, Vivid Thought.

Professor David Widdowson, Dr Mikhail Kashubsky

electronic systems
en
Wooden or plastic tableware (0% or 6.5% duty rate)?
21-07-2021

In this article, we overview a recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning tariff classification of goods. The product is 'bamboo beakers' made of plant fibers (72,33% by weight) and melamine resin (25,2% by weight), the latter gives the product its shape and strength. The questions raised: how are headings 3924 and 4419 of the Combined Nomenclature to be interpreted for the classification of this product; whether GIR 3 (a) ('heading which provides the most specific description') or GIR 3 (b) ('the material which gives the goods their essential character') should be applied.

Virginija Dordzikienė

classification
en
Wooden or plastic tableware (0% or 6.5% duty rate)?
21-07-2021

In this article, we overview a recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning tariff classification of goods. The product is 'bamboo beakers' made of plant fibers (72,33% by weight) and melamine resin (25,2% by weight), the latter gives the product its shape and strength. The questions raised: how are headings 3924 and 4419 of the Combined Nomenclature to be interpreted for the classification of this product; whether GIR 3 (a) ('heading which provides the most specific description') or GIR 3 (b) ('the material which gives the goods their essential character') should be applied.

Virginija Dordzikienė

classification
en
New dual-use regulation: What are the changes in the "rules of the game"?
17-07-2021

Regulation (EU) 2021/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2021 was published in the OJEU L 206 of 11 June 2021. This regulation recasts and repeals regulation 428/2009 on dual-use items (items designed for civilian purposes but which may have both civilian and military use). It will be applicable as of September 9, 2021. While the amendments do not change the fundamental principles of the control of trade or the general scheme of the Regulation, they will nevertheless result in some changes to the current "rules of the game".

Lucie Cordier

export control and sanctions, national legislation
en
New dual-use regulation: What are the changes in the "rules of the game"?
17-07-2021

Regulation (EU) 2021/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2021 was published in the OJEU L 206 of 11 June 2021. This regulation recasts and repeals regulation 428/2009 on dual-use items (items designed for civilian purposes but which may have both civilian and military use). It will be applicable as of September 9, 2021. While the amendments do not change the fundamental principles of the control of trade or the general scheme of the Regulation, they will nevertheless result in some changes to the current "rules of the game".

Lucie Cordier

export control and sanctions, national legislation
en
A customs topic or not? What is the most complex customs topic?
12-07-2021

“A customs topic or not? What is the most complex customs topic?” - a discussion took place during the 6th Authors’ Meeting. The views were shared on many aspects of customs: the so-called “Trump tariffs”, non-customs regulations, border crossing e-commerce, new VAT regulations in the UK and EU, quality of master data, the complexity of training of a specialist in customs, and more.

Customs Practitioners Association

sources of knowledge
en
A customs topic or not? What is the most complex customs topic?
12-07-2021

“A customs topic or not? What is the most complex customs topic?” - a discussion took place during the 6th Authors’ Meeting. The views were shared on many aspects of customs: the so-called “Trump tariffs”, non-customs regulations, border crossing e-commerce, new VAT regulations in the UK and EU, quality of master data, the complexity of training of a specialist in customs, and more.

Customs Practitioners Association

sources of knowledge
en
On some complex customs topics aftermath of Brexit
10-07-2021

“A customs topic or not? What is the most complex customs topic?” - a discussion among authors of the CCRM journal on the topic took place in June during the 6th Authors’ Meeting. The authors of this article shared views on several challenges in Ireland and the UK aftermath of Brexit: meeting non-customs requirements in Northern Ireland and two models for processing import shipments in the ports in the UK.

Anthony Buckley, Toby Spink

customs formalities, non-tariff measures
en
On some complex customs topics aftermath of Brexit
10-07-2021

“A customs topic or not? What is the most complex customs topic?” - a discussion among authors of the CCRM journal on the topic took place in June during the 6th Authors’ Meeting. The authors of this article shared views on several challenges in Ireland and the UK aftermath of Brexit: meeting non-customs requirements in Northern Ireland and two models for processing import shipments in the ports in the UK.

Anthony Buckley, Toby Spink

customs formalities, non-tariff measures
en
Statement on origin (EU-Vietnam FTA)
30-06-2021

Continuing on the topic started by Samuel Draginich in the article "EVFTA: proof of origin when consignments are split in a country of transit", let us take a closer look at the statement on origin - the only proof of EU preferential origin that might be issued under the EU-Vietnam FTA (EVFTA) - and the commercial document on which it may be made out; also in the case of splitting of consignment in a country of transit.

Enrika Naujokė

origin
en
Statement on origin (EU-Vietnam FTA)
30-06-2021

Continuing on the topic started by Samuel Draginich in the article "EVFTA: proof of origin when consignments are split in a country of transit", let us take a closer look at the statement on origin - the only proof of EU preferential origin that might be issued under the EU-Vietnam FTA (EVFTA) - and the commercial document on which it may be made out; also in the case of splitting of consignment in a country of transit.

Enrika Naujokė

origin
en
Tariff-rate quotas for steel products: peculiarities of the application
30-06-2021

Editorial word. This month, the European Commission published a regulation that prolonged the application of safeguard measures against imports of certain steel products. Ingrida Beliokienė, the chief specialist of the Tariffs Division of the Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance (Lithuania), kindly agreed to share information about the peculiarities of the use of these measures.

Ingrida Beliokienė

import taxes
en
Tariff-rate quotas for steel products: peculiarities of the application
30-06-2021

Editorial word. This month, the European Commission published a regulation that prolonged the application of safeguard measures against imports of certain steel products. Ingrida Beliokienė, the chief specialist of the Tariffs Division of the Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance (Lithuania), kindly agreed to share information about the peculiarities of the use of these measures.

Ingrida Beliokienė

import taxes
en
First-come, first-served tariff quotas: what business needs to know
30-06-2021

The use of tariff quotas is an important topic for many EU importers, and its relevance is not diminishing. Let’s take a look at the questions that businesses raise about tariff quotas and what is important to pay attention to.

Ingrida Beliokienė

import taxes
en
First-come, first-served tariff quotas: what business needs to know
30-06-2021

The use of tariff quotas is an important topic for many EU importers, and its relevance is not diminishing. Let’s take a look at the questions that businesses raise about tariff quotas and what is important to pay attention to.

Ingrida Beliokienė

import taxes
en
EU law news: June 2021
26-06-2021

News in week 25: prolonged safeguard measure on imports of certain steel products; anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of certain corrosion resistant steels; restrictive measures on imports and exports from/ to Belarus; EU proposes World Customs Organization modernisation in support of a strengthened multilateral order; and more news!

Customs Practitioners Association

national legislation
en
EU law news: June 2021
26-06-2021

News in week 25: prolonged safeguard measure on imports of certain steel products; anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of certain corrosion resistant steels; restrictive measures on imports and exports from/ to Belarus; EU proposes World Customs Organization modernisation in support of a strengthened multilateral order; and more news!

Customs Practitioners Association

national legislation
en
EVFTA: proof of origin when consignments are split in a country of transit
25-06-2021

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) came into force on 1 August 2020. It is one of the most noteworthy EU FTAs that have come into force in recent years as it brings closer one of the world’s largest economic blocs with the fastest-growing emerging economy in the world. Vietnam is widely considered to be the next regional powerhouse, rapidly emerging as one of the world’s premier manufacturing destinations. The EU wisely saw the value in crafting a closer partnership with Vietnam, a partnership that will undoubtedly reap immense rewards for both parties going forward. As the EVFTA is a work in progress amendments to the relevant guidance are still being made to clarify and improve its execution.

Samuel Draginich

international law, origin
en
EVFTA: proof of origin when consignments are split in a country of transit
25-06-2021

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) came into force on 1 August 2020. It is one of the most noteworthy EU FTAs that have come into force in recent years as it brings closer one of the world’s largest economic blocs with the fastest-growing emerging economy in the world. Vietnam is widely considered to be the next regional powerhouse, rapidly emerging as one of the world’s premier manufacturing destinations. The EU wisely saw the value in crafting a closer partnership with Vietnam, a partnership that will undoubtedly reap immense rewards for both parties going forward. As the EVFTA is a work in progress amendments to the relevant guidance are still being made to clarify and improve its execution.

Samuel Draginich

international law, origin
en, lt
Staying ahead of the game: anticipating a customs audit
25-06-2021

If your business buys goods from abroad and imports them, then the next customs audit target could be you. There are different types of customs audits, different triggers for an audit, and different focuses during an audit. This article aims to demystify customs audits to help businesses stay ahead of the game.

Jessica Yang, Toby Spink

compliance and risk management, customs control and audits
en, lt
Staying ahead of the game: anticipating a customs audit
25-06-2021

If your business buys goods from abroad and imports them, then the next customs audit target could be you. There are different types of customs audits, different triggers for an audit, and different focuses during an audit. This article aims to demystify customs audits to help businesses stay ahead of the game.

Jessica Yang, Toby Spink

compliance and risk management, customs control and audits
en
Product classification recommendation for business planning
25-06-2021

Businesses usually contact the Customs Laboratory to find out the tariff classification of a good and/ or certain parameters of it in order to assess the financial aspects of their business plan and aspects related to the prohibitions and restrictions on entry or exit of goods. Let's take a look at how to get the product classification recommendation in Lithuania and what to do if you disagree with it.

Ramutė Neniškienė

classification, compliance and risk management
en
Product classification recommendation for business planning
25-06-2021

Businesses usually contact the Customs Laboratory to find out the tariff classification of a good and/ or certain parameters of it in order to assess the financial aspects of their business plan and aspects related to the prohibitions and restrictions on entry or exit of goods. Let's take a look at how to get the product classification recommendation in Lithuania and what to do if you disagree with it.

Ramutė Neniškienė

classification, compliance and risk management
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