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PLM: Customs and Global Trade Law Updates for Week 38/2021

We monitor EU and UK legislation, so our client’s don’t have to. Find out what changed with our PLM - Professional Legislative Monitoring.

Dear valued customs & trade colleague,

Welcome to our new PLM format.

We have been working hard to consider all your feedback on how to improve the way we tell you what's changed in a week. We have made our updates more succinct and opened this expert blog page to everyone, regardless if you subscribed to a paid premium plan or not. We hope that this is helpful for your business.

PLM Changes that we are making

Before we get into this week’s updates, allow us to quickly explain what changed:

1. All updates are now in one place

We are making it easier for you to access customs and trade updates by publishing them in one simple location. All law updates can now be found here:

Here you can now find a

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By default, we monitor the EU and UK law changes. This does not suit everyone, as you may have other requirements, for example for us to monitor Switzerland or Russia. Please contact us if you would like us to monitor the law changes of other countries, bespoke for your business.



UK delays import controls. more NI trouble and the new EU Dual Use law in the UK

In the UK, SPS import controls, due to start on 1 October 2021, were pushed down the road. We dedicate a three-part blog series to this change, which we roll out throughout September. Read part one, here.

Top Tip: Live or On-Demand SPS training by Customs Manager Ltd.

The dispute on border controls between the EU and the UK concerning Northern Ireland also escalated once more, get a debrief on the GB-NI trade challenge and the political fallout, explained in our expert blog.

Also, in the area of export controls, please note that the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland means that Regulation EU 2021/821 (see below) is directly applicable in Northern Ireland. Any applications for the export of dual-use items submitted to the UK's ECJU from 9 September from Northern Ireland will need to comply with this regulation.

NTE 2021_12_ new dual-use regulation EU 2021_821 - GOV.UK
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Finally, a new Trade Minister took office in the UK.


EU PEM: New alternative Rules of Origin

Businesses gain much-needed flexibility to bring in more products duty-free, but confusion on what rules actually apply run supreme. The new, alternative rules of origin under the PEM convention were part of a successful webinar, access slides and videocast here.

EU: Sanctions & ADD

This week, the EU was busy amending its sanctions against terrorists, Iraq and Russia. The EU also extended ADD on imports of certain aluminium foil from China and Thailand, placed a definite ADD-on stainless steel from China and stopped ADD proceeding on biodiesel from Canada.

Top Tip: Business Guidance on EU Asset Freezes

EU: Dual Use Law changes

Regulation (EU) 2021/821 of the European Parliament and of the council of 20 May 2021 sets up a Union regime for the control of exports, brokering, technical assistance, transit and transfer of dual-use items. It was published in the Official Journal OJ L 206, on 11.6.2021. This came into force on 9 September 2021.

The key changes from the previous regulation (428/2009) are:

  • new catch-all controls

  • cyber-surveillance items

  • national control lists

  • 2 new EU General Export Authorisations (GEAs)

  • intragroup export of software and technology – exporters must have an Internal Compliance Programme in place to use this GEA

  • encryption

  • new controls on technical assistance, including on military end-use

  • more information exchange and transparency

  • reference changes in line with the Lisbon Treaty.

Visit Our Export Controls Hub to learn more about the Law:
We are currently running a 821 Clinic to update the trade community on these changes. Book your ticket here:



The new import VAT rules of the EU continue to worry many UK traders. We offer help:



EU law we monitored this week

17/09/2021 L329 C375 C376 C377 C378 C379

16/09/2021 L327 L328 C372 C373 C374

5/09/2021 L325 L326 C370 C370A C371

14/09/2021L324 C369

13/09/2021L321 L322 L323C 367C 367I C368

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