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CASE STUDY: Complex Brexit questions on export controls and sanctions solved

This EU company working with a dedicated export controls consultant to legally move controlled goods out of Great Britain to a sanctioned county.

Many businesses consider export controls to be complex policies that are often challenging to understand and implement in supply chain operations and businesses. However, if you are planning to move goods that are subject to a sanctioned regime, the matter becomes quite a lot more challenging in its own right, as many additional checks need to be undertaken and processes developed. Add the supply chain challenges of Brexit, and what was a straightforward export out of the EU becomes a lot more complex.

Time to enlist the services of a global trade expert at Customs Manager Ltd.

Mature of instruction and challenge involved

The first challenge to tackle involved answering the question if an EU, non-UK-established company can also be an exporter of export-controlled items from the UK (requirement of a licence and exported to a country subject to UK sanctions, as per export control legislation)

If yes why and how, if not, why not. If yes, how to do it if that EU company had no legal presence in the UK.

How did Customs Manager Ltd address the challenge?

The works started with a kick-off call, a first "get-up-to-speed" call to thoroughly understand what challenges the client was facing. This was followed by our own expert analysis through UK export control and sanctions legislation, after Brexit.

Next, thanks to our great connection with the Department of International Trade in the UK and the Office of Financial Sanctions, the consultant confirmed the legal analysis with the authorities in various discussions via phone and e-mail.

The consultant also used their extensive network to discuss with other export control experts in the field to get further input into the matter.

Solutions and supply chain options, based on this reply, were then carefully drafted and presented in a PowerPoint Presentation.

Can you evidence how you went 'the extra mile for your client?

This work was carried out in English and another European language. Rather than requiring all conversations and presentations in English, we translated them into the national language of the client. They appreciated this greatly and with this multilingual offering, we were able to provide insightful explanations of UK sanctions and export controls laws in a way that was not possible before as we would get "lost in translation".

We also made ourselves available to jump on calls with executives at any time and had extensive meetings to discuss the rules and processes to implement, including the design of processes, procedures and responsibilities in strict accordance with the law.

The client also benefited from free access to the Customs Manager's dedicated expert blog, where we update all subscribers on the latest developments in export controls and sanctions, ensuring that they never miss an update on export controls again. This came with a dedicated VIP hotline for all questions on export controls.


What benefits did the client get out of involving a global trade expert from Customs Manager?

Before Brexit, all was easy! Just move the goods with your EU-national export authorisation. After Brexit, this became much for difficult and companies such as this one had to think outside the box and design supply chains again. The global trade expert from Customs Manager was at their side like an extended arm of a business. We delivered the local expertise on export control matters when it was needed. The results were UK and EU compliant exports in line with applicable sanctions and export control policy, avoiding the post-Brexit pitfalls. This ensures that the company was able to meet the contracted timelines and satisfy the order from their customers in good time.

Smiles all around - thanks to the clever support from the export controls consultant of Customs Manager Ltd.

About Customs Manager Ltd.

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