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The “dark art" of classification (challenging a BTI ruling) II
08-01-2023

In CCRM Issue 14 we wrote about a case, where a company challenged a BTI ruling. There is news in this case, as the European Commission issued a classification regulation concerning such products. We take this opportunity to update the article, which not only provides information on how to classify ‘a plastic basin with a plastic disposable liner to be used in clinical settings’ (9018, 3922, or 3924), but also provides an overview of the tools, procedures and possible pitfalls of the tariff classification of goods; and discusses what all the stakeholders can learn from this case.

Dr David Savage

classification
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The “dark art" of classification (challenging a BTI ruling) II
08-01-2023

In CCRM Issue 14 we wrote about a case, where a company challenged a BTI ruling. There is news in this case, as the European Commission issued a classification regulation concerning such products. We take this opportunity to update the article, which not only provides information on how to classify ‘a plastic basin with a plastic disposable liner to be used in clinical settings’ (9018, 3922, or 3924), but also provides an overview of the tools, procedures and possible pitfalls of the tariff classification of goods; and discusses what all the stakeholders can learn from this case.

Dr David Savage

classification
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One court case - two lessons: tariff quotas, invalidation of a customs declaration and potential risks
28-12-2022

Tariff quotas mean less or no duty when importing goods. Most tariff quotas are allocated on a first come, first served basis; therefore, the timing of lodging a customs declaration might be crucial. What if, due to issues concerning customs IT systems, you are late and the quota is exhausted? Can you ask customs to invalidate the customs declaration and wait until the new tariff quota is opened?

Jurgita Stanienė

duties, taxes
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One court case - two lessons: tariff quotas, invalidation of a customs declaration and potential risks
28-12-2022

Tariff quotas mean less or no duty when importing goods. Most tariff quotas are allocated on a first come, first served basis; therefore, the timing of lodging a customs declaration might be crucial. What if, due to issues concerning customs IT systems, you are late and the quota is exhausted? Can you ask customs to invalidate the customs declaration and wait until the new tariff quota is opened?

Jurgita Stanienė

duties, taxes
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Customer service: the next wave
27-12-2022

Since 2016, when the Finnish Government decided to digitalize all public services, Finnish Customs has been working on the development of digital services to improve its customer service. In 2017 the Administration explained, in the pages of this magazine, how it tested the innovation potential of a hackathon to identify solutions that would make it easier to access information about Customs regulations and procedures. In this article, we take a look at the latest tools implemented by Finnish Customs to enhance its capacity to help its customers – namely a chatbot and a contact management system.

Mikael Hyövälti

IT systems, databases
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Customer service: the next wave
27-12-2022

Since 2016, when the Finnish Government decided to digitalize all public services, Finnish Customs has been working on the development of digital services to improve its customer service. In 2017 the Administration explained, in the pages of this magazine, how it tested the innovation potential of a hackathon to identify solutions that would make it easier to access information about Customs regulations and procedures. In this article, we take a look at the latest tools implemented by Finnish Customs to enhance its capacity to help its customers – namely a chatbot and a contact management system.

Mikael Hyövälti

IT systems, databases
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Disposing of counterfeit goods through recycling: Dubai Customs’ new measure is a game-changer
27-12-2022

The need to dispose of or destroy goods that infringe intellectual property (IP) rights in an appropriate, environmentally safe manner, in line with the applicable environmental and public health legislation, has been highlighted at various WCO meetings as well as in this magazine.

Dubai Customs

sustainability
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Disposing of counterfeit goods through recycling: Dubai Customs’ new measure is a game-changer
27-12-2022

The need to dispose of or destroy goods that infringe intellectual property (IP) rights in an appropriate, environmentally safe manner, in line with the applicable environmental and public health legislation, has been highlighted at various WCO meetings as well as in this magazine.

Dubai Customs

sustainability
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The WCO Data Model: guidance for efficient implementation
27-12-2022

A fundamental requirement for information to flow seamlessly across different IT systems is that they all speak the same language. Cross-border regulatory agencies retaining the right to determine the data they require should all use a similar language and have harmonized the way in which the required data is submitted. This is also critical for enabling economic operators to use the same system to comply with the requirements of different administrations and countries.

Alejandro Rinaldi

IT systems, databases
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The WCO Data Model: guidance for efficient implementation
27-12-2022

A fundamental requirement for information to flow seamlessly across different IT systems is that they all speak the same language. Cross-border regulatory agencies retaining the right to determine the data they require should all use a similar language and have harmonized the way in which the required data is submitted. This is also critical for enabling economic operators to use the same system to comply with the requirements of different administrations and countries.

Alejandro Rinaldi

IT systems, databases
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The AI revolution is underway, and this is good news for Customs
27-12-2022

Customs authorities are showing a growing interest in adopting artificial intelligence (AI), the broad category of science that entails simulating human thinking capability and behaviour. As stated in a joint paper published by the World Customs Organization, (WCO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) entitled The role of advanced technologies in cross-border trade: A Customs perspective, “around half of Customs authorities use some combination of big data analytics, AI and machine learning, while the other half plans to do so in the future.”

Dr. Chen Zhiqiang

customs control, IT systems, databases
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The AI revolution is underway, and this is good news for Customs
27-12-2022

Customs authorities are showing a growing interest in adopting artificial intelligence (AI), the broad category of science that entails simulating human thinking capability and behaviour. As stated in a joint paper published by the World Customs Organization, (WCO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) entitled The role of advanced technologies in cross-border trade: A Customs perspective, “around half of Customs authorities use some combination of big data analytics, AI and machine learning, while the other half plans to do so in the future.”

Dr. Chen Zhiqiang

customs control, IT systems, databases
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The Future of Trade Lies in Artificial Intelligence
27-12-2022

World trade is the lifeblood of the global economy. It not only is a vital component in the ongoing operations of businesses (large and small), governments and NGOs around the world, it has the power to grow economies, increase productivity and transform the quality of life for citizens in the nations who are open to international trade.

Ara Shamirzayan

trade policy
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The Future of Trade Lies in Artificial Intelligence
27-12-2022

World trade is the lifeblood of the global economy. It not only is a vital component in the ongoing operations of businesses (large and small), governments and NGOs around the world, it has the power to grow economies, increase productivity and transform the quality of life for citizens in the nations who are open to international trade.

Ara Shamirzayan

trade policy
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The European Green Deal: challenges and opportunities for business cooperating with customs
25-12-2022

The European Green Course, presented at the end of 2019, raised new challenges for various business enterprises; however, at the same time, it presented new opportunities. Businesses that cooperate with customs, such as customs brokers, logistics companies, and companies that export or import goods, are no exception.

Dr. Erika Besusparienė

duties, taxes, restrictions, trade barriers, import, sustainability
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The European Green Deal: challenges and opportunities for business cooperating with customs
25-12-2022

The European Green Course, presented at the end of 2019, raised new challenges for various business enterprises; however, at the same time, it presented new opportunities. Businesses that cooperate with customs, such as customs brokers, logistics companies, and companies that export or import goods, are no exception.

Dr. Erika Besusparienė

duties, taxes, restrictions, trade barriers, import, sustainability
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Customs always rings twice: the risk of paying duties through customs agents
18-12-2022

There are various methods how you can pay import duties and taxes. One of them – paying through the agent clearing house bank account. What happens if the agent declares insolvency after receipt of payment – will the importer be required to pay to the State or not? Should the activity of an agent be strictly regulated to prevent situations like this?

Omer Wagner

duties, taxes
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Customs always rings twice: the risk of paying duties through customs agents
18-12-2022

There are various methods how you can pay import duties and taxes. One of them – paying through the agent clearing house bank account. What happens if the agent declares insolvency after receipt of payment – will the importer be required to pay to the State or not? Should the activity of an agent be strictly regulated to prevent situations like this?

Omer Wagner

duties, taxes
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EU Single Window for Customs: new regulation and what lies ahead?
11-12-2022

New regulation establishes the EU Single Window Environment for Customs (SWE-C) and amends the Union Customs Code (UCC). One of the objectives of SWE-C is to enable the seamless flow of data between the administrations of exporting and importing countries, as well as between customs authorities and economic operators, allowing data entered in the system to be re-used. What does it mean for business? What steps have been taken so far in practice? What lies ahead? What is changing in the UCC?

Enrika Naujokė

IT systems, databases
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EU Single Window for Customs: new regulation and what lies ahead?
11-12-2022

New regulation establishes the EU Single Window Environment for Customs (SWE-C) and amends the Union Customs Code (UCC). One of the objectives of SWE-C is to enable the seamless flow of data between the administrations of exporting and importing countries, as well as between customs authorities and economic operators, allowing data entered in the system to be re-used. What does it mean for business? What steps have been taken so far in practice? What lies ahead? What is changing in the UCC?

Enrika Naujokė

IT systems, databases
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Customs supply chain management in times of uncertainty
11-12-2022

It is clear that global trade has new challenges and John Finley made a good point when he said that [business] maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty. The future is uncertain, but the key may well be to have a Customs supply chain that consists of a team working together to deliver cost-effective and quality goods as well as a matching service; moreover, in today’s world of global trade there is an urgent need to embrace and use data-driven decisions.

Ronnie Van Rooyen

risk management
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Customs supply chain management in times of uncertainty
11-12-2022

It is clear that global trade has new challenges and John Finley made a good point when he said that [business] maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty. The future is uncertain, but the key may well be to have a Customs supply chain that consists of a team working together to deliver cost-effective and quality goods as well as a matching service; moreover, in today’s world of global trade there is an urgent need to embrace and use data-driven decisions.

Ronnie Van Rooyen

risk management
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Customs compliance programmes tomorrow – focus on ‘prepare’, not ‘repair’
04-12-2022

When we come to December and ponder what the new year may bring, it is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the past success and failure of our trade business in order to seek-out how to improve our business performance in the future. Let’s consider compliance reviews that deliver the highest value but require the least effort.

Ronnie Van Rooyen

risk management
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Customs compliance programmes tomorrow – focus on ‘prepare’, not ‘repair’
04-12-2022

When we come to December and ponder what the new year may bring, it is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the past success and failure of our trade business in order to seek-out how to improve our business performance in the future. Let’s consider compliance reviews that deliver the highest value but require the least effort.

Ronnie Van Rooyen

risk management
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Voluntary disclosure of errors in the customs declaration in Argentina
04-12-2022

Modern states are no longer mere tax collectors aiming to increase their coffers to only do construction work – in the best-case scenario – but also to become facilitators of the whole community’s well-being through sustainable, environment-friendly, inclusive, developing and equitable trade. Voluntary disclosure of errors in the customs declaration should be applied in practice as one of the facilitation measures. Currently, voluntary disclosure is possible in Argentina within 30 days after customs clearance; an extension to 60 days is expected soon.

Dr Marcelo Antonio Gottifredi

violations
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Voluntary disclosure of errors in the customs declaration in Argentina
04-12-2022

Modern states are no longer mere tax collectors aiming to increase their coffers to only do construction work – in the best-case scenario – but also to become facilitators of the whole community’s well-being through sustainable, environment-friendly, inclusive, developing and equitable trade. Voluntary disclosure of errors in the customs declaration should be applied in practice as one of the facilitation measures. Currently, voluntary disclosure is possible in Argentina within 30 days after customs clearance; an extension to 60 days is expected soon.

Dr Marcelo Antonio Gottifredi

violations
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Trade with Brazil: the use of ‘attributes’ in classification of goods
30-11-2022

Due to the need for more precise controls on foreign trade, the Brazilian government decided to adopt an additional methodology to performing the classification of goods in the HS/NCM, which is the use of 'attributes'. Each position in the HS/NCM can have several attributes, and the importer must indicate which one or which ones apply to the goods. This new import process aims to optimise customs inspection and increase the application of fines due to incorrect classification.

Eduardo Leite LLB, LLM

classification
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Trade with Brazil: the use of ‘attributes’ in classification of goods
30-11-2022

Due to the need for more precise controls on foreign trade, the Brazilian government decided to adopt an additional methodology to performing the classification of goods in the HS/NCM, which is the use of 'attributes'. Each position in the HS/NCM can have several attributes, and the importer must indicate which one or which ones apply to the goods. This new import process aims to optimise customs inspection and increase the application of fines due to incorrect classification.

Eduardo Leite LLB, LLM

classification
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Ukraine customs and trade news: October/November 2022
30-11-2022

News at a glance: ban on export of fuel wood; cooperation Ukraine - UK, Ukraine - U.S.; anti-dumping and safeguard measures; new Customs tariff; Common transit comes into effect.

Iryna Pavlenko

law
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Ukraine customs and trade news: October/November 2022
30-11-2022

News at a glance: ban on export of fuel wood; cooperation Ukraine - UK, Ukraine - U.S.; anti-dumping and safeguard measures; new Customs tariff; Common transit comes into effect.

Iryna Pavlenko

law
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EU law news: October/November 2022
27-11-2022

News in week 47: EU-Ukraine approximation of customs legislation; the WCO Symposia Series 'Visualising a greener HS to support environmentally sustainable trade'; updates of anti-dumping measures applicable to bicycles and ceramic tiles from China; and more news!

law
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EU law news: October/November 2022
27-11-2022

News in week 47: EU-Ukraine approximation of customs legislation; the WCO Symposia Series 'Visualising a greener HS to support environmentally sustainable trade'; updates of anti-dumping measures applicable to bicycles and ceramic tiles from China; and more news!

law
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