August 20, 2023
The risk challenge of indirect tax - customs (Part I)

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Indirect tax - customs duty, excise duty and VAT - while it must be paid correctly, also offers various cash enhancement opportunities, which is crucial for all organisations seeking to continuously improve their internal indirect tax function. However, the prerequisite is due diligence. In this article, we overview the host of indirect taxes and indirect tax compliance obligations and focus on the “prerequisite” by discussing risk analysis in customs control based on the rules of HRMC (the UK Customs) and highlighting the importance to achieve “low-risk” status. We also overview customs duty. In the following articles, we will discuss VAT and excise more in detail.
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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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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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UK news June 2024
07-07-2024

UK's steel safeguard measures and suspensions for Ukraine have been extended for two years. Interim guidance for exports from Great Britain as merchandise in baggage or small vehicle has been published. Further details have been provided on moving processed or repaired goods into free circulation or re-exporting them. HMRC's guidance is being updated to remove references to CHIEF while the log of CDS known errors and workarounds has been updated. There are a number of issues currently affecting the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) Phase 5 movements.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

duties, taxes
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UK news June 2024
07-07-2024

UK's steel safeguard measures and suspensions for Ukraine have been extended for two years. Interim guidance for exports from Great Britain as merchandise in baggage or small vehicle has been published. Further details have been provided on moving processed or repaired goods into free circulation or re-exporting them. HMRC's guidance is being updated to remove references to CHIEF while the log of CDS known errors and workarounds has been updated. There are a number of issues currently affecting the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) Phase 5 movements.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

duties, taxes
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Car wars: the EU announced additional tariffs on imports of Chinese battery electric vehicles
20-06-2024

China is facing increasing pressure over exports of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as a number of countries contemplate applying measures to protect domestic markets from what they consider to be unfair and market-distorting subsidisation by the Chinese government. On 12 June 2024, the European Commission pre-disclosed new tariffs as a result of an anti-subsidy investigation launched towards the end of 2023. This follows 100% applied on Chinese BEVs introduced by the US in May 2024 and a 40% tariff on conventional and hybrid vehicle imports from China imposed by Turkey earlier in June.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

duties, taxes
News update
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Car wars: the EU announced additional tariffs on imports of Chinese battery electric vehicles
20-06-2024

China is facing increasing pressure over exports of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as a number of countries contemplate applying measures to protect domestic markets from what they consider to be unfair and market-distorting subsidisation by the Chinese government. On 12 June 2024, the European Commission pre-disclosed new tariffs as a result of an anti-subsidy investigation launched towards the end of 2023. This follows 100% applied on Chinese BEVs introduced by the US in May 2024 and a 40% tariff on conventional and hybrid vehicle imports from China imposed by Turkey earlier in June.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

duties, taxes
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Is payment of customs duties suspended if a dispute is brought before a court?
19-05-2024

Did you know that customs duties are one of the European Union's own resources? Therefore, when you challenge customs decisions to calculate customs duties, you are essentially challenging EU revenue. In this overview of a recent judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union, we answer the question of whether, in the event of a dispute with customs, the collection of import duties (customs duties and VAT) is suspended until the outcome of the proceedings is known.

Dr Aistė Medelienė

duties, taxes, violations
Case law
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Is payment of customs duties suspended if a dispute is brought before a court?
19-05-2024

Did you know that customs duties are one of the European Union's own resources? Therefore, when you challenge customs decisions to calculate customs duties, you are essentially challenging EU revenue. In this overview of a recent judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union, we answer the question of whether, in the event of a dispute with customs, the collection of import duties (customs duties and VAT) is suspended until the outcome of the proceedings is known.

Dr Aistė Medelienė

duties, taxes, violations
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