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Why should importers care to provide quality information to their brokers?
24-11-2021

Many importers assume that once they hire a broker, they do not need to take time to understand customs and trade concepts. That can be a risky approach. In this article, we discuss how customs brokers operate in Canada and the EU; and why importers should care to provide quality information to their brokers.

Peter Mitchell, Enrika Naujokė, Assoc Prof Dr Momchil Antov

compliance and risk management, customs representation
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Why should importers care to provide quality information to their brokers?
24-11-2021

Many importers assume that once they hire a broker, they do not need to take time to understand customs and trade concepts. That can be a risky approach. In this article, we discuss how customs brokers operate in Canada and the EU; and why importers should care to provide quality information to their brokers.

Peter Mitchell, Enrika Naujokė, Assoc Prof Dr Momchil Antov

compliance and risk management, customs representation
en
Import taxes administered by customs: a short overview
24-11-2021

Collection of import taxes is one of the main tasks of customs. What are the import taxes in various countries? What is the basis of their calculation? In this article, we overview the taxes in Brazil, the EU, and Ukraine. The provided examples of imported goods reveal that, in some cases, the amount of import taxes might exceed the value of the goods themselves. Therefore, the advice for importers is to check the amounts of import duties payable before purchasing goods abroad.

Thális Andrade, Enrika Naujokė, Dr. Ilona Mishchenko

taxes
en
Import taxes administered by customs: a short overview
24-11-2021

Collection of import taxes is one of the main tasks of customs. What are the import taxes in various countries? What is the basis of their calculation? In this article, we overview the taxes in Brazil, the EU, and Ukraine. The provided examples of imported goods reveal that, in some cases, the amount of import taxes might exceed the value of the goods themselves. Therefore, the advice for importers is to check the amounts of import duties payable before purchasing goods abroad.

Thális Andrade, Enrika Naujokė, Dr. Ilona Mishchenko

taxes
en
Three pitfalls to avoid in 2022 when moving goods between the EU and the UK
23-11-2021

It has almost been a year since the end of the Brexit transition period, meaning most businesses will have started settling comfortably into their new routine. However, it is important to remember that the new trading relationship between the UK and EU is still evolving and 2022 is the host of some big changes. For example, certain easements that were introduced to facilitate trade will expire, multiple new systems will be introduced, and sanitary and phytosanitary controls will commence for the first time. So, if you think your business has mastered trading across the new border, then think again. In this article, we outline three pitfalls that could disrupt your supply chain and what you can do to avoid them.

Jessica Yang, Toby Spink

compliance and risk management, e-customs, origin of goods
en
Three pitfalls to avoid in 2022 when moving goods between the EU and the UK
23-11-2021

It has almost been a year since the end of the Brexit transition period, meaning most businesses will have started settling comfortably into their new routine. However, it is important to remember that the new trading relationship between the UK and EU is still evolving and 2022 is the host of some big changes. For example, certain easements that were introduced to facilitate trade will expire, multiple new systems will be introduced, and sanitary and phytosanitary controls will commence for the first time. So, if you think your business has mastered trading across the new border, then think again. In this article, we outline three pitfalls that could disrupt your supply chain and what you can do to avoid them.

Jessica Yang, Toby Spink

compliance and risk management, e-customs, origin of goods
en
UK and EU hauliers: get ready for GVMS 2022
23-11-2021

Brexit for EU and UK hauliers transporting goods in and out of the UK will really begin on January 1st 2022. Up until now goods imported or exported to and from the UK may have moved through the ports in some cases without the correct customs declarations. This was due to the lack of UK preparedness around Brexit as a whole. The Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) will ensure this practice stops.

Kieran Gleeson

e-customs
en
UK and EU hauliers: get ready for GVMS 2022
23-11-2021

Brexit for EU and UK hauliers transporting goods in and out of the UK will really begin on January 1st 2022. Up until now goods imported or exported to and from the UK may have moved through the ports in some cases without the correct customs declarations. This was due to the lack of UK preparedness around Brexit as a whole. The Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) will ensure this practice stops.

Kieran Gleeson

e-customs
en
Automatic classification of goods with machine learning
20-11-2021

Machine Learning is an exciting new field, and while it carries risks (what if the computer makes the wrong decision), it has the potential to free up a significant amount of human resources, as we pass decisions and solutions over to computers on our behalf. Specifically, in the field of trade compliance and supply chain management, machine learning offers tremendous value in several key areas. One whose time has come, is the area of product classification.

Luis Gomez

classification, e-customs
en
Automatic classification of goods with machine learning
20-11-2021

Machine Learning is an exciting new field, and while it carries risks (what if the computer makes the wrong decision), it has the potential to free up a significant amount of human resources, as we pass decisions and solutions over to computers on our behalf. Specifically, in the field of trade compliance and supply chain management, machine learning offers tremendous value in several key areas. One whose time has come, is the area of product classification.

Luis Gomez

classification, e-customs
en, lt
Separate goods or accessories for tariff classification purposes: assessments by the Court of Justice of the EU
20-11-2021

The Court of Justice of the EU, while interpreting the provisions of the Combined Nomenclature (CN), has repeatedly emphasized that the main criteria determining the tariff classification of goods are normally understood as the objective characteristics and properties of those goods listed in the particular CN heading and specific CN section or chapter notes. However, goods with independent characteristics and a clear purpose of use, cannot be considered as accessories of other related goods and must be classified as separate (independent) goods. For this purpose, the article discusses the recent case law of the CJEU, which allows distinguishing between separate goods or accessories of goods for the purposes of tariff classification and complements the previous clarifications on these issues.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

classification
en, lt
Separate goods or accessories for tariff classification purposes: assessments by the Court of Justice of the EU
20-11-2021

The Court of Justice of the EU, while interpreting the provisions of the Combined Nomenclature (CN), has repeatedly emphasized that the main criteria determining the tariff classification of goods are normally understood as the objective characteristics and properties of those goods listed in the particular CN heading and specific CN section or chapter notes. However, goods with independent characteristics and a clear purpose of use, cannot be considered as accessories of other related goods and must be classified as separate (independent) goods. For this purpose, the article discusses the recent case law of the CJEU, which allows distinguishing between separate goods or accessories of goods for the purposes of tariff classification and complements the previous clarifications on these issues.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

classification
en, fr
Extending the ISO Audit Data Collection Standard to improve Customs and indirect tax audits and bring some innovation into this field
20-11-2021

International Standard ISO[1] 21378:2019 aims to make data collection for financial audits more efficient and reliable. In this article, Dutch Customs explains the structure of this ISO Standard and why the Netherlands has submitted a proposal to extend it to cover data related to Customs and indirect tax audits. The article argues that this development is critical to facilitating post-control audits and bringing much-needed innovation in this field of work. At the same time, it will offer the business community the opportunity to reduce administrative burdens and improve their internal control processes and their compliance with regulations.

Richard van't Hof

compliance and risk management, customs control
en, fr
Extending the ISO Audit Data Collection Standard to improve Customs and indirect tax audits and bring some innovation into this field
20-11-2021

International Standard ISO[1] 21378:2019 aims to make data collection for financial audits more efficient and reliable. In this article, Dutch Customs explains the structure of this ISO Standard and why the Netherlands has submitted a proposal to extend it to cover data related to Customs and indirect tax audits. The article argues that this development is critical to facilitating post-control audits and bringing much-needed innovation in this field of work. At the same time, it will offer the business community the opportunity to reduce administrative burdens and improve their internal control processes and their compliance with regulations.

Richard van't Hof

compliance and risk management, customs control
en, fr
The illegal wildlife trade: modus operandi and transport routes in West and Central Africa
20-11-2021

The illegal wildlife trade (IWT) poses a risk not only to biodiversity and ecosystems, but also to public health, good governance, economies and security worldwide. Given that the point of sourcing and the end-market are often on opposite sides of the world, criminals exploit existing international transport systems to move their products, and Customs authorities have a critical role to play in disrupting their activities. They must therefore be equipped with the knowledge, resources and capacity to capitalize on their strategic position in the trade chain in order to monitor and control the transboundary movement of illegal wildlife products.

Environmental Investigation Agency

violations
en, fr
The illegal wildlife trade: modus operandi and transport routes in West and Central Africa
20-11-2021

The illegal wildlife trade (IWT) poses a risk not only to biodiversity and ecosystems, but also to public health, good governance, economies and security worldwide. Given that the point of sourcing and the end-market are often on opposite sides of the world, criminals exploit existing international transport systems to move their products, and Customs authorities have a critical role to play in disrupting their activities. They must therefore be equipped with the knowledge, resources and capacity to capitalize on their strategic position in the trade chain in order to monitor and control the transboundary movement of illegal wildlife products.

Environmental Investigation Agency

violations
en, fr
African Continental Free Trade Area: Background and Role of Customs
20-11-2021

Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed on 21 March 2018. The AfCFTA is the latest of many regional integration initiatives that go back to the years prior to the colonization of Africa, of integration efforts by the colonial powers, and of initiatives by the independent African States.

Creck Buyonge Mirito

law international
en, fr
African Continental Free Trade Area: Background and Role of Customs
20-11-2021

Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed on 21 March 2018. The AfCFTA is the latest of many regional integration initiatives that go back to the years prior to the colonization of Africa, of integration efforts by the colonial powers, and of initiatives by the independent African States.

Creck Buyonge Mirito

law international
en, fr
Improving the business environment through reform and innovation: a look at recent changes in China regarding the administration of rules of origin
20-11-2021

China Customs plays a key role in the administration of rules of origin, from their formulation to their implementation. Insiders who follow trade and Customs reforms in China may have noticed the emergence, in recent years, of new expressions and terms in this domain, such as “self-service printing of certificates of origin”, the Electronic Origin Data Exchange System (EODES) and “intelligent examination”. This article explains each of these terms.

Jiang Feng

origin of goods
en, fr
Improving the business environment through reform and innovation: a look at recent changes in China regarding the administration of rules of origin
20-11-2021

China Customs plays a key role in the administration of rules of origin, from their formulation to their implementation. Insiders who follow trade and Customs reforms in China may have noticed the emergence, in recent years, of new expressions and terms in this domain, such as “self-service printing of certificates of origin”, the Electronic Origin Data Exchange System (EODES) and “intelligent examination”. This article explains each of these terms.

Jiang Feng

origin of goods
en, fr
SACU Members make progress in enhancing the uniform application of their Common External Tariff
20-11-2021

The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) consists of five Member States – Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa – with a combined population of over 63 million people and a combined GDP in excess of 300 billion US dollars. It is the oldest functioning Customs Union in the world, dating back to 1910.

SACU and the WCO Secretariats

law international, taxes
en, fr
SACU Members make progress in enhancing the uniform application of their Common External Tariff
20-11-2021

The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) consists of five Member States – Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa – with a combined population of over 63 million people and a combined GDP in excess of 300 billion US dollars. It is the oldest functioning Customs Union in the world, dating back to 1910.

SACU and the WCO Secretariats

law international, taxes
en, fr
A look at the RCEP from a Customs perspective
20-11-2021

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is becoming the world’s largest existing free trade agreement in terms of economic size. Aimed at further integrating the economies of Southeast and Northeast Asia, the RCEP sets high requirements on Customs in terms of procedures, processes and performance. This article looks at the agreement from a Customs perspective and puts forward suggestions for its effective implementation.

Dr. Tong Hua

trade policy
en, fr
A look at the RCEP from a Customs perspective
20-11-2021

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is becoming the world’s largest existing free trade agreement in terms of economic size. Aimed at further integrating the economies of Southeast and Northeast Asia, the RCEP sets high requirements on Customs in terms of procedures, processes and performance. This article looks at the agreement from a Customs perspective and puts forward suggestions for its effective implementation.

Dr. Tong Hua

trade policy
en
The most unexpected customs risk that businesses faced
18-11-2021

Is it possible for the business to consider all the possible customs-related risks? The answer to the poll question was unambiguous. All participants of the 8th Authors' Meeting on 21.10.2021 said… NO! And shared various examples of unexpected customs-related risk, talked about sources of the risk and its management.

Customs Practitioners Association

compliance and risk management, sources of knowledge
en
The most unexpected customs risk that businesses faced
18-11-2021

Is it possible for the business to consider all the possible customs-related risks? The answer to the poll question was unambiguous. All participants of the 8th Authors' Meeting on 21.10.2021 said… NO! And shared various examples of unexpected customs-related risk, talked about sources of the risk and its management.

Customs Practitioners Association

compliance and risk management, sources of knowledge
en
The fall and partial rise of EU-US trading relations
13-11-2021

In spite of recent challenges, the EU-US trading relationship is underpinned by deeply integrated economies. The European Commission website describes this relationship as defining world trade and contributing as much as 40% to world GDP. Despite both the EU and the USA being modern developed economies, competition for global market share in addition societal changes brought about by an increase in globalisation has influenced trade policy. This has been particularly evident during the Trump presidency. This article tracks this difficult spell that we look to be emerging from and looks forward to what is hoped will be a détente in trade tensions between the two trading powerhouses on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Dr. David Savage

trade policy
en
The fall and partial rise of EU-US trading relations
13-11-2021

In spite of recent challenges, the EU-US trading relationship is underpinned by deeply integrated economies. The European Commission website describes this relationship as defining world trade and contributing as much as 40% to world GDP. Despite both the EU and the USA being modern developed economies, competition for global market share in addition societal changes brought about by an increase in globalisation has influenced trade policy. This has been particularly evident during the Trump presidency. This article tracks this difficult spell that we look to be emerging from and looks forward to what is hoped will be a détente in trade tensions between the two trading powerhouses on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Dr. David Savage

trade policy
en
Sanctions against the regime in Belarus
13-11-2021

Sanctions are applied to restrict the movement of money, goods, and services to/from the sanctioned country; travel bans may apply to certain persons. Current developments and the new regulatory framework are increasingly affecting businesses in the international trade and logistics sectors. Let's take a look at what is significant for businesses to pay attention to.

Andrius Košel

restrictions and prohibitions
en
Sanctions against the regime in Belarus
13-11-2021

Sanctions are applied to restrict the movement of money, goods, and services to/from the sanctioned country; travel bans may apply to certain persons. Current developments and the new regulatory framework are increasingly affecting businesses in the international trade and logistics sectors. Let's take a look at what is significant for businesses to pay attention to.

Andrius Košel

restrictions and prohibitions
lt
Elektroninio atvykimo pranešimo „IE507“ svarba išvykstantiems kroviniams iš Klaipėdos uosto
12-11-2021

Šiame straipsnyje noriu aptarti ir dar kartą priminti kaip svarbu yra tinkamai komunikuoti tarpusavyje bei keistis žiniomis, kad būtų išvengta klaidų bei administracinės atsakomybės nuobaudų. Tad apžvelkime kas yra elektroninis pranešimas „IE507“ ir kokia yra jo svarba.

Lidija Milinskienė

customs clearance, violations
lt
Elektroninio atvykimo pranešimo „IE507“ svarba išvykstantiems kroviniams iš Klaipėdos uosto
12-11-2021

Šiame straipsnyje noriu aptarti ir dar kartą priminti kaip svarbu yra tinkamai komunikuoti tarpusavyje bei keistis žiniomis, kad būtų išvengta klaidų bei administracinės atsakomybės nuobaudų. Tad apžvelkime kas yra elektroninis pranešimas „IE507“ ir kokia yra jo svarba.

Lidija Milinskienė

customs clearance, violations
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