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The Customs Manager - Edition 10 - 2023 - Week 44: Customs & Global Trade Updates

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

Welcome back to “The Customs Manager” for EU, U.S. and UK customs professionals, import & export consultants, freight forwarders and customs brokers, industry leaders and all others who want to grow.

This is the place where you go to get the most important updates about customs policy and law changes first:

• It’s what customs practitioners read to stay one step ahead.

• It’s what you can use to gain market-moving insight into what’s next

• It’s how you can understand what’s least understood—before everyone else does

Total Reading Time: approximately 10 minutes.

Period covered 30.10.2023 - 5.11.2023





Duty-Free (and duty reliefs) Updates & Simplifications










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Join us for an engaging and informative four-hour conference to empower you with the latest insights on the dynamic landscape of European customs policy and law in 2024. By participating, you will be better equipped to handle upcoming changes and avoid any unexpected surprises. Join us for an exciting event featuring a diverse lineup of expert speakers who will delve into subjects of utmost importance to EU importers and exporters.

Topics We Will Be Exploring

  1. EU Customs Union Reform

  2. Union Customs Code changes, along with its delegating and implementing regulations.

  3. The new emissions trading system for imports (CBAM)

  4. Customs and Sustainability: The Germany Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, EU Deforestation Law.

  5. CN 2024 customs classification changes

  6. ICS2 Release 3 and its potential effects on your business operations.

  7. EU Free Trade Agreements

  8. Transit: NCTS 5 is coming in 2024


Highlight Reads of the Week

G7 Trade Ministers' Meeting: Main Conclusions Summarized

Key Takeaways from G7 Trade Ministers’ Statement, Osaka-Sakai, 29 October 2023: Main Conclusions and Summary


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To help us provide better content, would you mind taking less than a minute to answer ONE question? We'll share the findings with you shortly so you can see how your experiences stack up against others, and you'll have a hand in shaping the content we develop for our valued readership.

How can we improve EU-UK Trade relations?

  • A veterinary agreement

  • UK to join EEA

  • UK to join EU

  • Improve the EU-UK TCA

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to our survey.

If you want to see how other importers and exporters respond, respond now, and you can see how others voted instantly. Additionally, we will use the information you submit to establish the subjects for our webinars, articles, and other resources. Thank you!


Anti-Dumping Duty Updates

Why include updates on this topic?

An anti-dumping duty is an extra import tariff imposed on top of the standard customs duty and applicable throughout a customs region. Its purpose is to enable countries to take action against the sale of goods at a price below their usual value, which is determined as the cost for similar goods sold in the exporter's domestic market. Check out our exclusive blog section on Anti-Dumping Duty for the most recent updates, informative articles, videos, and news.

Tip: If you are interested in this topic, we recommend you bookmark this link and check weekly.

⇒ EU

EU: Latest ADD & CVD cases

Access the latest anti-dumping duty updates issued by the EU. Updated weekly.. Update to anti-dumping duty on tungsten electrode imports from China, updates to Threaded tube or pipe cast fittings, of malleable cast iron and spheroidal graphite cast iron from China. Date of latest update: 05.11.2023

⇒ UK

No update noted

⇒ U.S

Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations: Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, the Republic of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

U.S TRLED Webinar Series for 2024

Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate (TRLED) Webinar Series for Fiscal Year 2024


Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Updates

Please also refer to our constantly updated collection of articles, guides on this topic etc:

UK Authorised Economic Operator (UK AEO): What UK Businesses Need To Know

Since Brexit, the UK has run its own trusted trader status. How does the UK Authorised Economic Operator (UK AEO) system work? We answer the questions doesn't tell you

UK Authorised Economic Operator (UK AEO): Updated List

Find out which businesses are AEO-certified in the UK. Updated List. Date of last update 06.11.2023

Top Tip: Schedule a call with us to discuss how we can help you become or maintain AEO in the EU, UK, or US. -> Book Expert Call

CBAM - The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism Updates

All updates for CBAM can be found here:

If you are interested in the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, we recommend you bookmark this link and visit it regularly. You will find all the essential guides there, plus links to webinars (1 Hour), training (4 hours) and more.

Unpacking CBAM: Watch Our 1-Hour Webinar on the EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

Unpack the complexities of CBAM with our insightful webinar! Learn about implementation, its impact on trade, and how to prepare for this.


Classification Updates (Customs) - HS

When transporting goods across borders, it is crucial to determine the customs tariff positions accurately. This is a fundamental requirement for submitting a correct customs declaration. Applying an incorrect tariff number can result in increased import duties, not just for your company but also in terms of bans and restrictions, obtaining licences and permits, and compliance with reporting and documentation requirements. Do you and your team feel confident in classifying the tariff of your goods? Is your knowledge up-to-date? Our online collection can help accurately determine all customs tariff numbers. See all updates here:

Customs Classification Challenge: Can You Find the HS Code for Leisure Walking Footwear?

Customs classification can be challenging. Try your luck with our guided classification challenge and compare your results with the official solution.

Classification Challenge solution: This is how you classify casual leisure footwear for walking!

We challenged you to classify this product. Now we provide you the correct customs classification for this product. Compare your results with the official answer. How did you do?

⇒ UK

UK Trade Tariff. Various Updates

The UK Tariff is updated with various amendments. Updates to Belarus Sanctions Coverage; Updates to Trade Remedies for certain bicycle parts originating in the People’s Republic of China. We take a closer look

⇒ US

U.S. HTS Customs Classification: CROSS Customs Rulings Online Search System

CROSS is a searchable database of CBP rulings on HTS Customs classification. Access the latest rulings here + a guide on how to use CROSS effectively. CROSS was last updated recently.

⇒ EU

EU: Common Customs Tariff 2024 published!

The EU 2024 customs classification changes have been published. Learn about the changes and ensure accurate product classification.

Book yourself on our 2024 EU Customs Update Course in December 2024


Customs Updates

You can find all of our customs updates here:

11 Dec, 12:00 – 16:00 GMT Online Conference


Customs Declarations (+ CDS) - Updates

UK: Customs Declarations Service (CDS): Check Out Latest Changes

No changes noted this week. Last date of update 23.10.2023. See details and links here


Court Cases & Law Updates

Please also refer to our constantly updated collection of articles, guides on this topic etc:


No updates this week.


No updates this week.


U.S: Newest Customs Decisions of CBP and U.S. Courts

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and U.S. Court of International Trade publish a weekly collection of judgements, rulings, rules, notifications, and abstracts about customs and related subjects. Access the latest edition Customs Bulletin Weekly.


Due Diligence

EU: Companies trading globally must respect human rights & environment (Due Dilligence)

In 2022, the European Union adopted a proposal called the Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. This proposal aims to promote sustainable and responsible corporate behavior across the global value chains.


Duty-Free (and Duty Reliefs) & Simplifications

Customs warehouses: Keep Your Cash - Now and Forever - But how?

Customs warehousing is a cost-effective way to store foreign products in your country that are destined for another. How can a business benefit from it?


E-Customs Updates

1) EU: Step-by-Step Preparation Help for ICS 2 - Release 3: Our Briefing

More transport sectors are soon subject to EU safety and security standards under ICS 2 - Release 3. Get ready with our step-by-step guide and factsheet for download.

2) The EU ICS system: Debrief for businesses

Discover the EU ICS system, ICS 2, and its impact on businesses. Learn about the new customs pre-arrival security program and its benefits.

3) U.S: Cargo Systems Messaging Service

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS). is one of CBP’s methods for communicating to our trade partners news and updates on our automated systems – namely the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Access the latest updates here.


Export Controls Updates

To make sure you never miss an export control update, bookmark

Export controls are a set of laws, regulations, and policies that govern the exportation of goods, software, and technology. These controls are put in place by governments to restrict the transfer of sensitive items or information to other countries or entities that may use it for military or terrorist purposes. Export controls help to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, maintain national security, and support foreign policy objectives. They also help to ensure that businesses comply with the relevant laws and regulations, and avoid penalties or sanctions for violating them. Therefore, it is crucial for businesses to have a clear understanding of export controls and comply with them to avoid any legal or reputational risks.

For a comprehensive update on new rules, decisions, and laws from the US, EU, and UK from last week, keep an eye out for "The Export Control & Sanctions" Manager in your inbox at 6 am on Tuesday.


Free Trade Agreement Updates

For all updates regarding this topic, please view regularly and bookmark:

1) Unlocking New Horizons: The UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement

The UK has agreed on a Free Trade Agreement with Australia, which can reduce tariffs and restrictions for UK businesses. But what's in the deal and how can UK businesses benefit?

2) EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement: The Collapse and What's Next

Discover why the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement talks collapsed and what it means for both parties. Dive into the details of the negotiations.


Northern Ireland Trade Updates

For all updates regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol and the Windsor Framework, please view and bookmark:

No update this week


Novice ("Help" I am New to Customs & Global Trade") - the column for newbies

Welcome to the customs newbies section! Our goal is to provide you with bite-sized information and updates to encourage continuous learning and to spark your interest in customs and global trade. Join us and learn new things every day. Don't forget to check out our constantly updated collection of articles and guides on this topic.

No update this week


Origin (Rules of)

⇒ EU

EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement: How to trade freely!

Trading with the EU and Vietnam without duty offer great growth opportunities for many businesses but read the fine print, argues Arne Mielken of Customs Manager Ltd

⇒ UK

2) UK: Access the Rules of Origin of all UK Free Trade Agreements

To be eligible for tariff-free trade under the UK Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), it is imperative that businesses thoroughly review and understand the specific Rules of Origin for each FTA. You can find all the necessary Rules of Origin right here.

3) Unlocking the Benefits: CPTPP - Rules of Origin

In our new series covering the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, CPTPP, we will break down all the relevant provisions of the Free Trade Agreement. Today, we will focus on Rules of Origin.

4) CPTPP - Rules of Origin - Legal Text

Find here the legal text on the Rules of Origin under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, CPTPP

5) UK: Rules of Origin under the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement

We provide definitive answers to the 10 most crucial questions for importers/exporters on Rules of Origin, enabling seamless and duty-free trading under the UK-Vietnam FTA


Prohibitions & Restrictions

Spotlight on the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme

Trade with rough diamonds is prohibited. What can you do to make sure that you are not affected?


Sanctions Updates

The European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK), and United States (US) have implemented extensive sanctions laws. These rules provide processes for creating lists of individuals and businesses that are subject to asset freeze targets, financial and investment restrictions. In order to avoid accidental non-compliance, businesses must stay up-to-date with the latest sanctions rules. You can receive the latest sanctions updates every Tuesday by subscribing to "The Export Control & Sanctions Manager" newsletter, which will be delivered directly to your inbox at 6am.

Read the collection of all articles we have written on this topic here



Read the collection of all articles on this topic here

No new Updates


Transit Updates

Read the collection of all articles on this topic here

Change to the implementation date for NCTS5

The Common Transit Convention (CTC) authority has recently announced that the transition period for switching to the New Computerised Transit System Phase 5 (NCTS5) has been extended. This decision was made due to a number of countries requiring more time. As a result, HMRC has decided to push back the deadline for implementing NCTS5 in the UK. The new implementation date is set for 1 July 2024. Until then, it is recommended that you continue using the existing NCTS system. The HMRC Trader Test environment will remain open and will switch to the Transitional mode on 11 October 2023, as planned. If you are building software, you should continue developing and testing to align with the revised implementation date.


Valuation (Customs)

Read the collection of all articles on this topic here

Customs Valuation: What is that, and how Do I determine this?

Importers must declare the correct customs value of their imported products. But what is this "customs value" and how can you determine this? We explain.


Veterinary Border & SPS controls updates

Read the collection of all articles here:

UK SPS: Plant health import requirements - Jan 2024/ April 2024

Download the latest presentation on plant health import requirements Jan 2024/ April 2024 presented by DEFRA in October / November 2023

UK Live Animal Imports: CHED A update in IPAFFS

Latest Updates on live animal imports common entry document CHED A that you need to submit in IPAFFS


World Customs Organisation Updates (WCO)

WCO: Council adopts three HS Changes. Your Customs Tariff will change!

Get ready for changes in your customs tariff! The WCO Council has adopted three HS changes that can impact your business. Download the detailed WCO documents.


What if I have a question regarding these updates

Please use the chat function on the website to ask any questions you may have in relation to this update. Your dedicated team of Customs Managers will endeavour to respond in less than 24 hours.




  • Official Journal of the EU

  • DG TAXUD Website

  • DG TRADE Website

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).

  • Information on the National Customs Website of Member States


  • Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

  • Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

  • Department of Commerce

  • Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)

  • International Trade Administration

  • United Stated Internation Trade Commission

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).

  • Information on the National Customs Website of Member States


  • Information on

  • Information on

  • Department of Business and Trade

  • HMRC


  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).


  • World Trade Organisation (WTO)

  • World Customs Organisation (WCO)

  • United Nations (Sanctions)

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).

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15 Nov, 13:00 GMT – 19 Nov, 17:00 GMT

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This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of tariff and classification of goods, including HS code determination, application, validation, and usage of tariffs and online databases, GIRs and ATR (BTIs). (Course ID: OC03)

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This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of customs valuation, including the Customs Valuation Agreement and how to handle circumstances and activities in customs valuation, including all six valuation methods (Course ID: OC6)

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This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of food and plant importations, identifying the type of food, feed, animal, and plant products that require a licence, how to apply for permits + design an effective compliance system. (Course ID: E-FA 09)

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