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"The Customs Manager" - Our Compliance & Cost-Saving Magazine

Edition 02 - 2024 - Week 03. EU, UK & U.S. Law, Policy & Guidance changes monitored for 08.01.2023 - 14.01.2023


Find out why this magazine is all about here.


About ADD, ICD, CDS, SPS and TFCS - could you decipher them all?


All,

The second edition of "The Customs Manager" of 2024 is filled with updates and details about customs. The edition includes information on many topics (see below) including on the veterinary conference, the LIVE Weekly Wrap-Up, and International Customs Day. A key development was on the ADD duties imposed by the European Commission on bulb flat imports from Türkiye and China, the UK's investigation into Suspension Poly(vinyl chloride) (SPVC) from the U.S., and three enforcement cases under the Enforce and Protect Act of 2015 (EAPA).


The UK is preparing for many changes in 2024: The UK has updated its Customs Declaration Service (CDS) information for exports from April 2024, the UK has published two new S.I laws and amended most of its Free Trade Agreement's Rules of Origin. Important announcements and updates for upcoming veterinary border controls in the UK are also included.


The U.S. has announced its 2024 Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security (TFCS) Summit. The event will cover topics such as CTPAT, Broker Continuing Education Requirements, Combatting Illicit Opioids, Artificial Intelligence, International Affairs, Global Business Identifier, Green Trade, Supply Chain Security, E-Commerce, and Forced Labor. This and many more updates in this edition.


You see, the second edition of "The Customs Manager" offers valuable insights into customs, veterinary conferences, and other relevant topics.


Happy Reading


Arne Mielken

Editor & CEO Customs Manager Ltd.



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NEW in 2024: Weekly Wrap-Up


Starting in 2024, we will introduce some exciting innovations to our Trade Intelligence Service. We will offer a weekly live online meet-up service called "Weekly Wrap up", which will be free for everyone to attend. During this 30-minute session, we will discuss the highlights from both Monday and Tuesday's publications and answer any questions you may have.


NEW in 2024: Lunch n'Learn


As a paid subscriber, you can access an exclusive 30-minute "Lunch 'n Learn" session every week for free, saving you 50 GBP (regular price for non-premium paid plan subscribers). This is a live training session regarding customs and/or export controls/sanctions and the agenda can be determined by the audience (but we do propose an agenda below). During this session, we will explore a specific topic in more depth every week.


Top Tip: If you are a premium paid plan subscriber, you will receive your discount coupon with seperate notificaiton. Enter this coupon code at checkout to set the fee to zero.

The tentative schedule for these sessions is (all times UK time - GMT) and how to book:


International Customs Day - 26 January 2024

Join us for an online celebration of ICD with a keynote speech by the Executive Director Of Corporate Global Customs of the RTX Cooperation, Ms Julie Ann Parks.



 

UPDATES


Anti-Dumping Duty Updates

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. https://www.customsmanager.info/all-news/categories/_add 


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


⇒ EU: Latest ADD & CVD cases


Alumnium radiadors from China

The EU Commission has initiated an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of aluminium radiators originating from China.


Commission counters unfair imports of shipbuilding components from Türkiye and China

The European Commission has imposed duties on imports of bulb flats from Türkiye and China, aiming to protect 140 jobs in Spain and Italy. The measures were imposed after an anti-dumping investigation found these imports were damaging the EU industry, which would struggle without such measures.

⇒ UK: Latest ADD & CVD cases


Anti-Dumping Investigation into Suspension Poly(vinyl chloride) (SPVC) from the US

The Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) has launched an anti-dumping investigation into the imports of Suspension Poly(vinyl chloride) (SPVC) from the US. SPVC is used in various medical products and the UK market is worth around £660-£700m. The TRA will investigate whether imports of SPVC are being dumped in the UK and causing injury to INOVYN ChlorVinyls Ltd's business and UK industry. If a remedy is recommended, an Economic Interest Test (EIT) will be conducted to assess whether the implementation is in the UK's economic interest. The TRA is seeking information from all interested parties to establish whether imports of SPVC are being dumped at prices below their normal value and causing injury to domestic industry. Find out more


Trade Remedies Authority

UK - The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies at the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA.)


⇒ U.S: Latest ADD & CVD Updates


Latest U.S. Enforce and Protect Act (“EAPA”) Cases

The Enforce and Protect Act of 2015 (EAPA) allows CBP to investigate ADD/CVD violations.


 

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Updates

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


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)

 

CBAM - The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism Updates


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: https://www.customsmanager.info/all-news/categories/cbam


An updated provisional list of National Competent Authorities (NCAs) for the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) as of 09 January 2024 has been published. There is udpated CBAM - Information for importers of  "cement"; "electricity"; "fertilisers" and on "aluminium" as of 03 January 2024, which is also available in all EU languages. Finally, the CBAM - Checklist for EU importers has been updated as of 03 January 2024.


 

Classification & Tariff Updates (Customs) - HS

  • Why staying up-to-date with customs classification matters, see here

  • Our collection of all previous updates & quizzes on customs classification, see here

  • For customs classification training, live and on-demand, see here and here.


⇒ EU


EU TARIC updates

The EU TARIC gets updated multiple times a week, The changes should be reviewed by the customs manager to ensure that their businesses are not affected. IT content providers also require this data for their customs management solutions. The TARIC is an extensive database that consolidates all the necessary information on EU customs tariffs, commercial, and agricultural legislation. The updates are provided in Excel form, too.


⇒ UK


Update to the UK Tariff 2024

The UK Tariff is continuously updated in week 2, with additional commodity codes being absorbed, added, or deleted. As an illustration

·         8544200010 is being absorbed into 8544200090

·         2931499055 is being absorbed into 2931499090

·         2934999073 is being absorbed into 2934999090

·         8544429015 is being absorbed into 8544429090

Other codes changed, review them here.


Updates to HMI Conformity Certificate (fruit and veg) coverage

The UK has corrected their dataset entry HMI Conformity Certificate (fruit and veg) issued in the UK as of 12/01/2023 on certain commodity codes. See here for more


UK Trade Tariff Updated

 

The Tariff of the United Kingdom, version 1.18, dated 11th December 2023 added. Download the latest version of the UK Tariff here.


⇒ US


Harmonized System Update (HSU) 2400 and 2401

Harmonized System Update (HSU) 2400 was created on January 5, 2024, and contains 77 Harmonized Tariff Records and 397 ABI records. Harmonized System Update (HSU) 2401 was created on January 8, 2024, and contains 73 Harmonized Tariff Records and 383 ABI records.

HSU 2400 and 2401 include the missing 2024 HTS updates that were part of the end-of-year 484(f) changes. The latest HTS extract file does include updates from both HSU 2400 and 2401. See here for details


CROSS Updated

CROSS was last updated Jan 11, 2024, 5:45 PM with 1 rulings, bringing the total number of searchable rulings to 213663. The most recent ruling is dated Jan 11, 2024.


 

Customs Updates

You can find all of our customs updates here:


⇒ EU


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)


⇒ US


2024 Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security (TFCS) Summit



The 2024 Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security (TFCS) Summit is now open for registration from March 26-28. The event will cover topics such as CTPAT, Broker Continuing Education Requirements, Combatting Illicit Opioids, Artificial Intelligence, International Affairs, Global Business Identifier, Green Trade, Supply Chain Security, E-Commerce, and Forced Labor. Find out more and register here.


eCBP Portal Information on Filing a Triennial Status Report and Permit User Fee

Triennial status reports (TSR) and permit user fees should be submitted online via the eCBP portal here.


Staying Up-to-Date with the Latest US Customs Decisions and Bulletins

Vol. 58, January 10, 2024, No. 01


⇒ UK


Changes to ATA endorsements

The locations of inland border facilities table has been updated to confirm that from 1 January 2024 Stop 24 will not offer stamping of ATA Carnets and Dover Western Docks will only give ATA endorsement through commercial operations. Update


 

Customs Declarations (+ CDS) - Updates



⇒ UK


New and updated guides to help you prepare Customs Declaration Service for exports (CDS)

UK exporters and UK customs agents must use the Customs Declaration Service from April 2024. Read our free CDS for Export guide here to find out more. To support this move to CDS for exports a ‘Declarant checklist for exports – moving to the Customs Declaration Service ‘is now available in addition to the UK Export Guide for filing declarations using CDS. The UK has also updated the ‘CDS Movement Reference Number (MRN) guide’.


Tariff Volume 3 Great Britain Supplement CDS and CHIEF has been updated

From 30 March 2024, the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will be the UK’s single customs platform and all businesses will need to declare goods through the service. A change has been made to a supplement guide that businesses in the UK filing declarations should read. The guidance now clarifies that the temporary Buyer and Seller easement and the temporary extension in use of I1 B&E, which were due to expire, have been extended. This guide is used CDS trade tariffs to import and export goods to and from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). It should be read together with the current versions of the UK Trade Tariff: Volume 3 . It provides high-level information on the customs requirements and includes the specific changes and declaration completion requirements where they differ from the current published Tariff instructions. You should make sure that the instructions specific to the declaration system being used are read. Here is the link to the updated guidance.


Timetable for transition to CDS for exports

The UK Trade Tariff has been updated to state that UK import declarations should be made through the Customs Declaration Service, and from 30 March 2024 all export declarations should be made through the Customs Declaration Service. Read our guide to help you get ready

 

Court Cases & Law Updates

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


UK



EU


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)



U.S.


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)

 

Duty-Free (and Duty Reliefs) & Simplifications


Learn about the steps you need to follow to operate a customs warehouse while importing goods to the United Kingdom. We have recently updated the 'How to Apply' section with more detailed information on the documents you'll need to submit with your application. You can also refer to our comprehensive guides on how to apply for customs warehousing.


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)

 

E-Customs Updates


New PGA to be part of ACE

Several items of Partner Government Agency (PGA) items will be part of the ACE, coming from


U.S.CBP Cargo Systems Messaging Service Notices

Latest Messages here.


 

Export Procedures Updates


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)

 

NEW: Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG)


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)


Free Trade Agreement Updates

For all updates regarding this topic, please view regularly and bookmark: https://www.customsmanager.info/all-news/categories/free-trade-agreement


EU


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)


UK


Rules of Origin and Preferential Tariffs Updated

The UK’s preferential tariffs and Rules of Origin for the agreements have been updated. Customs professionals should review any changes to rules of origin applicable. Access them here:


 U.S.


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)

 

Import Procedure Updates


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)

 

Northern Ireland Trade Updates

For all updates regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol and the Windsor Framework, please view and bookmark: https://www.customsmanager.info/all-news/categories/northern-ireland


 

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 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.


Decoding Customs Jargon: 'Air waybill (AWB)"

Find out what an airway bill is and why it matters in international trade.


Decoding Customs Jargon: 'Anti-Dumping Duty'

 

Origin (Rules of) Updates


Mixed Juice Imports: How do I meet the Rules of Origin to save duty?

Meeting the rules of origin to claim zero duty can be tricky, but you can still make zero duty if you use tolerances cleverly, says Arne Mielken of Customs Manager Ltd. Read on

 

Prohibitions & Restrictions Updates


EU Prohibitions & Restrictions (Overview)

Navigating the Complex World of EU Prohibitions and Restrictions: An Overview for Businesses. Access Overview here.

 

Transit Updates

Read the collection of all articles on this topic here https://www.customsmanager.info/all-news/categories/transit


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)


Tariff Quota Updates


EU


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)


 UK


UK tariff rate quotas 2024


 U.S.


Quota Bulletin QB 24-103 2024 Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Quota Bulletin QB 24-103 2024 Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been published at the following link


Quota Bulletin QB 24-101 2024 Israel Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Quota Bulletin QB 24-101 2024 Israel Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been published at the following link.


Quota Bulletin QB 24-307 2024 Specialty Sugar Period 3

Quota Bulletin QB 24-307 2024 Specialty Sugar Period 3 has been published at the following  link.


UNCTAD (Global Trade Update)


Trade and Development Board, 75th executive session

The Trade and Development Board oversees the activities of UNCTAD. It will meet from 12th to 14th February 2024. See here.


 

Valuation (Customs)

Read the collection of all articles on this topic here https://www.customsmanager.info/all-news/categories/valuation


Customs Valuation: Inclusive software - part of the product's price?

Software, even where provided without charge, does it need to be added to the customs value of imported goods? Arne Mielken from Customs Manager Ltd explains the case.

 

Veterinary Border & SPS control updates

If you are looking to stay informed about the latest developments in veterinary border and SPS controls, we have got you covered. Our collection of weekly articles is a comprehensive resource that provides in-depth coverage of veterinary controls in the EU, UK, and the US. In our articles, you can find detailed information about the latest regulations, policies, and procedures related to veterinary border and SPS controls. We cover a broad range of topics, including SPS and veterinary border and controls. Our team of experts works tirelessly to ensure that our articles are up-to-date and accurate, so you can trust the information you are reading. Whether you are a veterinarian, animal health professional, or policymaker, our collection of articles is an invaluable resource that can help you stay informed about the latest developments in veterinary border and SPS control: https://www.customsmanager.info/all-news/categories/food


Coming Up: The New UK Veterinary Border (Afternoon Online Conference)

This afternoon's online conference discusses the preparedness of EU and UK industries and businesses for new UK SPS Veterinary Border requirements. Hear from industry, trade associations, businesses, port authorities, Border Inspection Posts and DEFRA.


Book here:


SPS Controls 31 January 2024


POAO PDF Export Health Certificates: From 31 January 2024

From 31 January 2024, importers of animal products from EU and EFTA countries must upload a PDF containing a GB health certificate to the GB pre-notification system, IPAFFS. Verifiable PDF certificates with QR codes allow GB inspectors to validate the certificate's status. Exporters must ensure the certificate is correctly exported and sent to importers.


LIVE Animals PDF Health Certificates: From 31 January 2024

From 31 January 2024, the use of PDF certificates for live animals in Great Britain will be extended. Exporters must export digitally signed EHCs from approved EU/EFTA countries and upload them to IPAFFS. Verifiable PDFs, with QR codes and hyperlinks, can be used without a paper certificate. Details here


Import high-risk food and feed not of animal origin from the EU to Great Britain

How to import or move high-risk food and feed not of animal origin from the EU and Northern Ireland to Great Britain. Change made: Information about import licenses has been removed. You do not need an import license to import high-risk food and feed not of animal origin. Link


Businesses authorised to export food to the EU

The updated list of businesses approved to export food products, products of animal origin, and controlled SPS products is now available.


Importing and exporting wood and timber products

Collection of plant health guidance and forms for trading in wood, wood products, firewood, bark, dunnage or wood packaging. Change made: Added information about withdrawal of 999L waiver code to CTA box.



World Customs Organisation Updates (WCO)


The World Customs Organization (WCO) is a hub of activity with regular updates, insightful reports, and informative conferences being published every week. To keep yourself abreast of the latest developments at the WCO, you can bookmark this link and visit it regularly. This will help you stay informed and up-to-date about the latest happenings in the customs world.https://www.customsmanager.info/all-news/categories/wco


Report on AI & Customs

Exploring the Potential Impact of Generative AI on Customs: A Research and Policy Note from the WCO.


 

World Trade Organisation (WTO)


Will Comoros join the WTO at MC13?

Package ready for formal adoption at MC13.


Will Timor-Leste join the WTO at MC13?

Members endorse Timor-Leste’s WTO accession package, ready for formal adoption in Abu Dhabi



I Have A Question Regarding These Updates, Who Can I Ask?

Please consider using the chat function on the website www.customsmanager.org to ask any questions you may have about this update. You may also e-mail info@customsmanager.org. Finally, you can join our weekly LIVE wrap-up, a 30-minute live YouTube Broadcast dedicated to reviewing the key events of this update. You can book your free slot at www.customsmanager.org/events


Upcoming Training Courses


Mon, 15 Jan | Virtual Training Event

Customs Tariff and Determining Commodity Codes (HS)

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).


Understanding Exporting & Export Documentation

19 Jan 2024, 09:00 – 12:00 GMT

Online Training

This course develops the competencies that staff with export responsibilities need to deal with all aspects of exporting, including export documentation. Special feature: A hands-on workshop creating your export documents is included.


Origin of Goods & Free Trade Agreements

24 Jan 2024, 13:00 – 17:00 GMT

Virtual Training Event

This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of the origin of Goods, including how to leverage Free Trade Agreements, including how to identify the correct term and apply it in the business context (Course ID: OC7)


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26 Jan 2024, 09:00 – 13:00 GMT

Virtual Training Event

This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of CBAM - the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, including how to calculate carbon, apply for certificates, and how to set up CBAM conform procedures.


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SPS Rules & Veterinary Border Controls

29 Jan 2024, 09:00 – 13:00 GMT

Online Training

This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of food and plant imports, identifying the type of food, feed, animal, and plant products that require a licence, how to apply for permits + design an effective compliance system.


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EU

  • 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


U.S.

  • 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


UK

  • Information on gov.uk 

  • Information on legislation.gov.uk 

  • Department of Business and Trade

  • HMRC

  • DEFRA

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).


Other

  • World Trade Organisation (WTO)

  • World Customs Organisation (WCO)

  • United Nations (Sanctions) - UNCTAD

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).What if I have a question regarding these updates

 

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