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The Customs Manager - Edition 2-2023 - Week 36: Customs & Global Trade Updates

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Every week we monitor changes in EU, UK and US law, so you do not have to. "The Customs Manager" is our collection of customs & global trade updates. A consolidated look at all the laws, updates, and guidance changes from 04.09-10.09.2023


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Highlight Read of the Week

What is an EU Binding Tariff Information (BTI), and why would you need one?

Binding Tariff Information (BTI) is an essential tool for precise customs classification in the European Union.

So, what is it? How does it work? So, what are the benefits? We analyse it


Anti-Dumping Duty Updates

Anti-dumping duty is an import duty charged in addition to normal Customs Duty and applies across a customs territory. It allows countries to act against goods sold at less than their normal value, defined as the price for ‘like goods’ sold in the exporter’s home market. Visit our dedicated blog category to Anti-Dumping Duty for all the latest developments, explanation blogs, videos and latest updates:

EU: Trade Defence Report 2022 - What has the EU achieved for businesses?

The focus of the European Union's trade defence measures in 2022 is to safeguard the interests of the EU's industry and ensure the preservation of employment opportunities. But what has the EU actually achieved?

Opinion of Advocate General Emiliou of 7 September 2023 in Case C‑517/22, PEurobolt BV, Fabory Nederland BV, ASF Fischer BV Vs. European Commission, Stafa Group BV

Re: Appeal – Dumping – Extension of the anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of certain iron or steel fasteners originating in China to imports consigned from Malaysia – Re-imposition of a definitive anti-dumping duty – Validity of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/611 - Legal basis - Articles 13 and 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 - Validity of Regulation (EC) No 91/2009 – Judgment of the Court in APEX

Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures (Aluminium foil in rolls - P.R. of China - Anti-dumping duty - Regulation (EU) 2019/915 - 6.6.2024)

UK: Steel Products - further safeguard measures

The UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) has initiated an extension review of the safeguard measure on 15 categories of steel products.

UK: Update to the trade remedies investigations process

How the UK’s Trade Remedies Authority investigates whether trade remedy measures are needed to counteract unfair import practices. Information has been added that the guidance on how the TRA carries out a safeguards investigation is being updated following changes to the Safeguard Regulations. Download the guidance.

ADD & CVD: Affected by Dumping? Here is what happens now

When governments impose anti-dumping or countervailing duties on imports, the importer's costs go up and profits are wiped out overnight.

Government accepts TRA recommendation on ironing boards

Government accepts TRA recommendation to impose countervailing measures on imports of Ironing Boards from Turkey


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.

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

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM): Law, Supportive Guide, Templates, Fact

Download the latest Main and Implementing Law. Supportive Guides, Templates, Fact Sheets

The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism - CBAM -Our Business Report

The EU's Mechanism for Carbon Border Adjustment (CBAM) will enter into operation in less than three weeks. It affects the EU and non-EU businesses across specific industries and exporting and importing companies alike. Here is our Essential guide and training offer.

Top Tip: Join our next CBAM Training:

Classification Updates (Customs) - HS

When moving goods across borders, you must correctly determine your customs tariff positions. These are not only one of the basic requirements for submitting your correct customs declaration. As soon as you apply an incorrect tariff number, this can lead to higher import duties, and not just for your company. It can even have many other consequences:

  • when considering bans and restrictions

  • when obtaining permits and licenses

  • as well as compliance with certain reporting and documentation requirements

How confident are you and your employees in the tariff classification of your goods? How up-to-date is your knowledge? Do you and your teams determine all your customs tariff numbers correctly?Our online colelction See all updates here:

Latest EU Classification Updates

A consolidated look at EU Classification Updates. A collection of the latest updates - all in one page. Date of late update: 10.09.2023

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. Date of last update: 10 September 2023.

EU Binding Tariff Information (BTI): Guidance, Application Forms, Links

The EU has published a wide range of BTI guidance. Download the EU Binding Tariff Information (BTI) application form, too.

EU Binding Tariff Information (BTI): EU & National Customs Portals

Most EU Member States use an EU-wide Trade Portal for Binding Tariff Information applications. But some run national BTI systems. Get access to all systems here.


Customs Updates

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UK: Customs debt liability

What happens if you underpay import or export duties and who is responsible for the debt. Guidance has been updated about customs debt notification letters and who is liable for customs debt through indirect representation.

UK: Official customs seals and trader sealing Guidance

Guidance by HMRC has been updated to recognise official customs seals and how authorised traders can use their seals in place of official customs seals. The ‘Check official customs seals’ section has been updated with information about the breakage or removal of official seals. ‘Trader seals which are accepted by HMRC from 20 June 2022’ has been updated to show seals accepted by HMRC from 20 October 2023.

U.S: CBP publishes Trade News Snapshot - Volume 5, Issue 6


Customs Declaration Service (CDS) - UK Updates

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

Hey, UK customs brokers! Stay updated on the latest changes to the UK Customs Declarations Service (CDS) Data Elements for speedy and compliant customs declarations. This week there were changes to Data Element 4/3, DE 1/11 as well as the "Known error workarounds" Document.

UK CDS Exports: Switch Over Delayed To 2024

HMRC announced a phased transition to the deadline to switch to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) for exports on August 23. Now, by Saturday, March 30, 2024, only export declarations should be submitted through CDS. Read our Guide.


Court Cases & Law Updates

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

SI 2023/958 – The Customs (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

The Customs (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 affects companies in the UK that send items or packages from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. We break down what is in the law. Download the law, too.

US: 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 pertaining to customs and related subjects. Access the latest edition.

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) Main law + Implementing Act and Annexes

Download the latest Main and Implementing Law + Annexes


E-Customs Updates

EU: EU Single Window Environment for Customs

Most recent minutes of the meeting of the Product Group on the EU Single Window Environment for Customs

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

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⇒ EU Export Controls

Germany: Export control - New adjustments at GEA (AGG) since September 1, 2023

On August 1, 2023, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) published a notice in the Federal Gazette regarding the revocation and simultaneous new announcement of certain national general licenses.

⇒ U.S Export Controls

The USA claims worldwide validity for its export controls. Violations are also prosecuted by the authorities outside the USA and punished with severe penalties. In addition, an entry on the "US sanctions lists" threatens. What does that mean? For non-US companies that participate in foreign trade, the US (re-) export control is also becoming a major focus with the increasing demands on internal compliance programs. Export controls are among the most powerful economic instruments used by the USA to achieve its foreign and security policy goals. How can you protect yourself from risks and act in accordance with the US Export Control law? Find out all the latest developments and make sure you never miss an update:

BIS imposed a civil penalty of $48,750 against Pratt & Whitney Component Solutions, Inc (PWCS) for antiboycott violations.

Access the latest Updates of the US: Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) - the U.S. agency in charge of export controls of the United States of America.


Northern Ireland Trade Updates

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

SI 2023/958 – The Customs (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

The Customs (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 affects companies in the UK that send items or packages from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. We break down what is in the law. Download the law, too.

Shipping packages from the UK to NI from 30 Sep. 2024

Shipping packages under the Windsor Framework from the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland start on September 30, 2024. We explore what the new rules are.

What growers and traders need to do to move plants (including plants for planting, seeds, used agricultural and forestry machinery and vehicles and seed potatoes) using a Northern Ireland plant health label.

Get authorisation to use Northern Ireland plant health labels (NIPHL) and see the list of regulated plants for planting

The Windsor Framework - further detail and publications

Additional information about the arrangements that will put the Windsor Framework into action and guides for businesses.

A little more than a month left before the current UK Trader Scheme is replaced by the brand-new UK Internal Market Scheme. Read our guide on how to apply and all you need to know.

We updated our instructions on how to claim a refund or remission of import duty on 'at risk' commodities brought into Northern Ireland in response to guidance from the United Kingdom. Through this guide, you can determine if you are eligible to apply for a refund or remission of EU import duty paid on products brought into Northern Ireland under the Duty Reimbursement Scheme. Forms E2 and C88 are no longer required when using the Customs Declaration Service, so the section describing what you will need has been updated.


Origin (Rules of)

EU Rules of Origin: Cumulation in the SACU States allowed

Certain SACU States have fulfilled the requirements for cumulation as from 1 June 2023 and can apply it. Details here.


Sanctions Updates

The EU, UK and US implement extensive sanctions laws. These rules provide processes for producing lists of individuals and businesses subject to asset freeze targets and financial and investment restrictions. It is imperative for businesses to stay up to date with the latest sanctions rules to avoid accidental non-compliance. Read the collection of all articles we have written on this topic here

EU: Sanctions Against Russia - Guidance on Circumvention

The EU has provided instructions for EU businesses, advising them to use more caution to prevent Russian sanctions evasion.

Download it here.

EU issued fresh sanctions on several Russians for Human Rights Abuses.

Check out our collection of the latest EU sanctions updates.

EU Sanctions: What? How? Who?

Our Beginners Guide to the Sanctions Policy of the European Union - we answer all the essential questions in relation to EU Sanctions, policy, laws and what businesses can do.

EU Sanctions Map: Our Use-Guide for Effective Company Implementation

The EU Sanctions Map is the collection of all EU sanctions. We explain what it is, why it is useful and how companies can make the best use of it.

UK Latest Sanctions Updates - Week 36 -2023

Latest Updates of UK Guidance and Policy as regards customs. All in one page. Date of last update 10.09.2023. Coverage: UK sanctions members of Russian cybercrime gang responsible for attacks on hospitals and critical infrastructure. Financial sanctions - Mali -Cyber. Annual frozen asset review and reporting form. Who is subject to financial sanctions in the UK? + the current Consolidated UK List of Sanctioned Individuals and Entities for download, a guide to "Effective Sanctions Management in Company – Our Top 10 Tips Briefing" and "Four Due Diligence Actions You Should undertake as a business dealing with Sanctions" Guidance Download here

UK: New Import Sanctions Guidance for Imports of Iron and Steel from Russia

Learn about the import restrictions that apply to the UK import of Russian iron and steel that has undergone processing in other nations, and the documentation that dealers must provide to prove compliance.

U.S.: Sanctions - Latest Updates

Overview of the latest Sanctions issued by the U.S. OFAC - the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Covers Cyber-related Designations, Sudan Designation; Counter Narcotics Designations Removals, Counterterrorism Designation Removal. Date of latest Updates: 10.09.2023


Transit Updates

Read the collection of all articles on this topic here

UK NCTS Phase 5 Update: Guarantees

Here, we are explaining changes to the information you will be asked for when entering the guarantee amount on a transit declaration in NCTS5.

Common customs transit guidance for goods going to and coming from Ukraine

Ukraine joined the EU/CTC Convention on a Common Transit Procedure (CTC) on 1 October 2022. The CTC is a highly efficient tool for easier border crossing and should be used as much as possible to reduce waiting times at customs frontiers. Common transit movements are possible between Ukraine, the 27 Member States of the EU and the Common Transit Countries (Andorra, Switzerland, Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, San Marino, Türkiye, United Kingdom). Access Guidance for economic operators on the use of the common customs transit procedure for goods going to and coming from Ukraine.


Veterinary Border & SPS controls updates

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UK: Chilled minced meats & preperation allowed from 2024

From 31 January 2024, imports of certain chilled minced meats and chilled meat preparations from the EU, other EEA countries can continue when health certification requirements come into effect. Details here:

UK publishes Final Border Operating Model (TOM) - View our article collection

The UK published the final Border Operating Model (TOM). Read our multilingual collection of blog entries to help you understand, prepare and implement. Read the following articles

  • UK: SPS Animal Food Controls from 31 January 2024 (TOM) - Introduction + key timelines

  • UK SPS-Lebensmittelkontrollen ab 31 Januar 2024: Unser Bericht - auf Deutsch

  • Download the final UK Border Target Operating Model (TOM)

  • SPS Controls UK: Risk Categories under the final UK Border Target Operating Model- TOM

  • UK SPS controls: Expert Guidance & Detailed FAQs for Professionals

IPAFFS (UK): Leveraging simplified filing

The UK has detailed plans to simply mass IPAFFS filings. Read our IPAFFS How To guide.

Risk categories for animal and animal product imports from non-EU countries to Great Britain

Import risk categories under the Border Target Operating Model (TOM) for animals or animal products you’re importing from a non-EU country to Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), and the import rules for each category.

Find a UK veterinary certification officer

A list of organisations in England, Scotland and Wales that inspect and certify animals and animal products for export. The list does not include every certifier.


World Trade Organisation Updates (WTO)

WTO: Public Forum 2023 - Promoting Sustainable Trade and Growth

WTO - The 2023 Public Forum will explore how trade and the WTO can help create a greener and more sustainable future.


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Sep 11, 2023

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