August 13, 2023
Put yourself in the shoes of a customs auditor (and why you should) Part I

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What are the objectives of a post-clearance customs audit (PCA)? What does “a desk audit” mean? What are the obligations and rights of auditees? And generally, from a business perspective, isn’t it more important to get border controls right for goods to smoothly cross the borders than to care about PCAs? If you don't know the answers, continue reading this article, which gives an overview of the principles of customs audit-based controls around the world. Understanding these will help you better understand how customs auditors think and work. This is important to be prepared for customs audits and also to develop an appropriate internal procedure for auditing your company's compliance with customs and trade regulations, which is an effective measure to prevent costly errors or to detect and correct them in a timely manner (before the customs audit).
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DAP Incoterm and imports
18-07-2024

The Incoterms book addresses in the introduction the situation where the two most extreme cases, EXW and DDP, may not be the best choice. The reason is that the buyer or seller has to fulfil customs formalities in “foreign” countries. If they can – that’s fine. If not, it’s better to use another term.

Bert Van Leeuwen

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DAP Incoterm and imports
18-07-2024

The Incoterms book addresses in the introduction the situation where the two most extreme cases, EXW and DDP, may not be the best choice. The reason is that the buyer or seller has to fulfil customs formalities in “foreign” countries. If they can – that’s fine. If not, it’s better to use another term.

Bert Van Leeuwen

law, risk management
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Compliance
07-07-2024

Compliance means that a person or organisation complies with the applicable laws and regulations of their own accord or adheres to them. Learn about the international standard definition of compliance and what customs authorities do to ensure compliance.

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Compliance
07-07-2024

Compliance means that a person or organisation complies with the applicable laws and regulations of their own accord or adheres to them. Learn about the international standard definition of compliance and what customs authorities do to ensure compliance.

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03-03-2024

In the European Union, customs penalties and their proportionality fall within the national competence of the Member States. In a recent judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that the imposition of an administrative penalty of 50% of the amount of duty underpaid is justified "notwithstanding the good faith of and precautions taken by the operator concerned". What does this mean for EU importers who declare the non-preferential origin of goods on the basis of proofs issued by the authorities of third countries that turn out to be incorrect? We provide an overview of the case and consider what conclusions economic operators could draw from it.

Dr Ilona Mishchenko

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CJEU on the fairness of penalties for customs infringements in the EU
03-03-2024

In the European Union, customs penalties and their proportionality fall within the national competence of the Member States. In a recent judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that the imposition of an administrative penalty of 50% of the amount of duty underpaid is justified "notwithstanding the good faith of and precautions taken by the operator concerned". What does this mean for EU importers who declare the non-preferential origin of goods on the basis of proofs issued by the authorities of third countries that turn out to be incorrect? We provide an overview of the case and consider what conclusions economic operators could draw from it.

Dr Ilona Mishchenko

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Correction of errors in customs declarations - importance and challenges in the EU
03-03-2024

The saying "Only those who don't work make no mistakes" aptly states that it is human to make mistakes and there is no way to change that - the mistakes will happen. But they need to be managed - to be minimised and corrected as quickly as possible. The Union Customs Code provides for a three-year period during which it is possible to apply to the customs authorities for the correction of errors, the recovery of overpaid taxes or the payment of underpaid amounts. In Lithuania, however, the new national legislation no longer provides for the possibility of correcting certain data elements. Let's take a look at the challenges this poses for businesses, as well as practices in other countries and trends.

Enrika Naujokė

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Correction of errors in customs declarations - importance and challenges in the EU
03-03-2024

The saying "Only those who don't work make no mistakes" aptly states that it is human to make mistakes and there is no way to change that - the mistakes will happen. But they need to be managed - to be minimised and corrected as quickly as possible. The Union Customs Code provides for a three-year period during which it is possible to apply to the customs authorities for the correction of errors, the recovery of overpaid taxes or the payment of underpaid amounts. In Lithuania, however, the new national legislation no longer provides for the possibility of correcting certain data elements. Let's take a look at the challenges this poses for businesses, as well as practices in other countries and trends.

Enrika Naujokė

risk management
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Bahrain Customs implements digital warehouse management system
23-02-2024

Bahrain Customs Affairs (BCA) is constantly developing its systems and infrastructure to support and improve Customs operations, thereby helping to build a safe, advanced, investment-friendly business environment in the Kingdom. Bahrain, an active Member of the WCO, regularly examines the standards, recommendations and tools developed by the Organization and wishes to act as a leader to the Customs community by demonstrating excellence and creativity in Customs practices.

Customs Clearance Directorate

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Bahrain Customs implements digital warehouse management system
23-02-2024

Bahrain Customs Affairs (BCA) is constantly developing its systems and infrastructure to support and improve Customs operations, thereby helping to build a safe, advanced, investment-friendly business environment in the Kingdom. Bahrain, an active Member of the WCO, regularly examines the standards, recommendations and tools developed by the Organization and wishes to act as a leader to the Customs community by demonstrating excellence and creativity in Customs practices.

Customs Clearance Directorate

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