All commercial operations that trade internationally should have a customs strategy. Successful customs operations are designed to enhance your global trade operations, protecting your commercial reputation and reduce your business risk. Customs processes including import and export operations are all key features of international logistics movements, which involve Airfreight, Seafreight, Courier and Road Freight shipments. Customs import and export operations can also use special customs procedures including IPR, OPR, Temporary Admission, End use and Customs (Bonded) Warehousing. Your business can also benefit from Authorised Economic Status (AEO) status, which can help to streamline your customs processing times. Customs Import and Exports processes, Trade Compliance, Logistics and Technology solutions are all designed to work together and help you plan, cost, build, track and then deliver your shipments to your customers.
Customs Consultancy Support can include,
• Customs Strategy design including Import and Export Operations.
• Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) set up.
• Trade Compliance set up.
• Customs Technology Infrastructure.
Custom Import and Export Operations
Customs import and export operations are vital to International multimodal logistics operations as without them, you wouldn’t be able to sell your products to international clients or source raw materials from international suppliers. Customs are there to monitor international trade at national borders. Customs are also protecting your business from unfair competition, whilst collecting duties and taxes on incoming shipments. Customs import and export operations can also use special customs procedures including IPR, OPR, Temporary Admission, End use and Customs (Bonded) Warehousing, which are also designed to support your business strategy.
Logistics Multimodal Operations Support can include,
• Customs Import Declarations.
• Customs Export Declarations.
• International Trade Documentation.
Customs Special Authorisations,
• IPR ( Inward Processing Relief)
• OPR ( Outwards Processing Relief)
• Temporary Admissions.
• Authorised Use (End Use Relief).
• Bonded Warehouse Operations.
• Commodity Codes (Harmonised Tariff Codes).
• Duty Rates.
• ECCN Code (Export Control Classification Number).
Customs Audits support can include,
• Customs Import/Export Documentation Management
• Documentation Archiving.
Customs Projects support can include,
• Supply Chain Duty Costs Analysis.
• Brexit Support.
• Product Classification.
• AEO Project Set Up.
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO),
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is already globally recognised and a real benefit to many businesses. By becoming AEO Certified, it states that your company role in the international supply chain is secure and it conforms to customs controls and national standards.
AEO Company requirements include,
• Your company is a legal entity in the UK or the EU.
• You’re actively involved in international trade and already have import and export customs operations.
• You can meet the compliance requirements, pass a customs audits and be financially secure.
• Your company already has an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) Number.
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Accreditation Types,
There are two type of Authorised Economic Operator operation, these include
• AEO -C is for Customs Simplifications.
• AEO -S is for Customs Security and Safety.
Some of the benefits of AEO-C status include,
• Customs Simplification and Authorisations are processed faster.
• Reduction or Waivers of Comprehensive Guarantees.
• A 70% reduction in your business deferment account guarantee.
Some of the benefits of AEO-S status include,
• A lower shipment risk score, which is used to decide, how often Customs will carry out documentary and inspections on your shipments
• Customs can fast track your shipment thought customs control points.
• Reduced requirements for mandatory pre-arrival and pre-departure checks Import Summary Declarations and Export Summary Declarations.
• Your company will also qualify for reciprocal arrangement and mutual recognitions with other countries outside the UK. (These can include EU, US, or Trading Partners, which comply with World Customs Organisations regulations)
Customs Operations Infrastructure
Customs operations infrastructure can include technology systems, customs operations and actual operational experience. Customs operational processes will also vary from business to business and business sector. Different business sectors also have different customs processes as there product types are different.
Technology Systems Support.
• Enterprise Resource Planning systems.
• Customs Import and Export Systems.
• Trade Compliance Systems (TCS) Set up.
Trade Compliance Systems
• Customs Management Operations.
• Export Control Management.
• Denied Party Screening.
International Trade Documentation
• Commercial Invoices.
• Packing Lists.
• Preference Documentation.
Business registration support including,
• Vat Number
• EORI Numbers
• Post Brexit Operations
Useful Business Links.
• Her Majesty Revenue Customs (HMRC) HMRC.
• Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) AEO.
• UK Government Department of International Trade (DTI). DTI.
• Confederation of British Industry. CBI.
• EU Customs Unions (CU) CU.
• EU Trade policy (EUTP) EUTP.
• World Bank Regional Trade Agreements (WB) WB.