The Importance of Internal Business Communications in Customs and Trade

In fast moving businesses it is not always easy to communicate internally details of all import and export transactions. An export sale may be negotiated which has ‘hidden’ consequences for the business in meeting trade compliance requirements. Examples of where internal communication is vital can be seen in the following: A UK exporter negotiates an …

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Considerations for Importers & Exporters during Covid-19

The impact of Coronavirus has impacted everything we do from a personal and business perspective. Businesses must manage internal resources, production and trade within suppliers and customers in the UK. In addition, businesses trading internationally must consider the impacts of Coronavirus on how they receive goods from their suppliers, and how they get goods to …

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Are you aware of the Customs Declaration System (CDS), and could this affect your business?

HMRC recently announced a proposed plan for completing the delivery of the new Customs Declaration System (CDS). CDS will replace the current CHIEF system, the Customs Handling of import and Export Freight the movement of goods by land, air and sea for export and import trade. For experienced traders what we have taken for granted …

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How to be more effective when taking courses online

In our digitalised world, the use of online training to improve your skills can be a smart and efficient way to increase competence and knowledge. But how do you stay effective when taking courses online? With the Coronavirus spreading all over the world, working from home has been one way of taking action to minimise …

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UK Customs Academy Dean meets with WCO Secretary General

During his attendance at the March 2020 WCO Capacity Building Committee (CBC) meeting, Prof. David Widdowson met with the WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya to discuss current activities in Customs research and education. These included developments and future plans for the WCO PICARD programme and associated initiatives being progressed by the UK Customs Academy, …

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Coronavirus and its potential effect on global trade

With new cases appearing in Europe and around the world, Coronavirus is all over the news. We talked to Lars Karlsson, CEO and MD Global Consulting at KGH Customs Services and a senior Customs expert, about the effect the Coronavirus may have on global trade. What are your thoughts on the latest development? This is, …

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Customs valuation: A history of taxation over borders

“Who will purchase this quantity of merchandise for this amount of price?” Written by Christiaan de Lange, MCom (Economics), MPhil (Taxation), Master of Business Leadership (MBL), MIEx  An ‘Element of Taxation’ The European Commission (EC) Taxation and Customs Union website reminds us that there are three ‘elements of taxation’ that provides the basis for assessment …

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Trading Across Borders – Increasing Complexity

Written by Ian Wakeling, UK Commercial & Trade Compliance Director at Lockheed Martin UK This interview was originally published in World Trade Matters – the quarterly journal from the Institute of Export & International Trade Trade and politics go hand in hand; one facilitates the other with economic growth becoming an obsession for political leaders.  When Europe …

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Smart borders: The future of border management

We live in a world of globalization and international trade is going through major changes in several dimensions, changes that will redefine the way we manage borders in the future.  We are seeing trade wars, more elements of protectionism, environmental activism and the reclaiming of national borders and trade policies – like in the case …

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Interview with Sandra Strong, Managing Director at Strong and Herd

This interview was originally published in World Trade Matters – the quarterly journal from the Institute of Export & International Trade. As a partner at Strong & Herd LLP, Sandra specialises in practical compliance issues relating to international trading including customs, UK, EU and U.S. export controls. Sandra is a highly-sought-after speaker on international trade …

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