November 27, 2021
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The pitfalls of free trade agreements – claiming back duty paid due to error

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Let’s examine one specific pitfall importers/exports frequently fall victim to when trading under the auspices of a free trade agreement.
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Customs clearance in the EU: basics for the container shipping and logistics industry
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compliance and risk management
en, lt
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en, lt
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Omer Wagner

origin of goods
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