New Customs Grants could be on the way as preparations for ‘No Deal Brexit’ go up a gear

At the end of July, the government announced an extra £2.1bn of funding towards preparations for a ‘No Deal Brexit’. This would represent a doubling of the money that had previously been set aside for this year. The funding will include £130m towards a public information campaign raising awareness about the advice and help that …

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Two thirds of UK exporters not properly prepared for ‘No Deal Brexit’

Two thirds of UK exporters have not taken essential steps to prepare for ‘No Deal Brexit’, according to the latest records from HMRC. Only 70,000 out of 240,000 companies, who export into only the EU at present, have so far registered for an economic operator registration and identification (EORI) number. EORI numbers, which are based …

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Freeports Advisory Panel set up with hope to transform UK economy

The new International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss MP, last week announced a new Freeports Advisory Panel to advise in the establishment of up to 10 Freeports in the UK. Freeports reduce costs and bureaucracy for manufacturing businesses and traders and include customs and tax benefits. This allows the ports to become hubs for businesses and …

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Brexit and origin: a case for the wider use of cross-cumulation

Written by Dr Anna Jerzewska – Customs and Trade Consultant As the UK negotiates its exit from the EU, rules of origin are becoming a key topic. How will the exit from the customs union impact the current production patterns in Europe in industries where hundreds of parts move across national borders every day? How …

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Border Force seizes thousands of products in international operation against wildlife crime

During the month long global Operation Thunderball, Border Force officers in the UK made 168 seizures containing thousands of products regulated under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) at ports and airports. The international operation was co-led by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and INTERPOL and involved police, customs, environment, wildlife and …

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End of production of the printed tariff

HMRC is to cease the production of the printed tariff (CIP12) at the end of the year. The printed paper tariff is produced with monthly amendments, however use of digital information gives HMRC greater flexibility and speed in responding to changing circumstances. HMRC are therefore giving notice of their intention to stop publication of the …

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