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"The Customs Manager" - Our Compliance Magazine - Edition 13 - 2023 - Week 47

Greetings and welcome to the most recent issue of "The Customs Manager," your reliable resource for policy and legal developments pertaining to customs.


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Period covered 21.11.2023 - 26.11.2023


Content

Featured Event EU Customs Conference 2023


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Duty-Free (and duty reliefs) Updates & Simplifications

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Transit Updates

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Featured Event



11 Dec, 12:00 – 16:00 GMT Online Conference Stay ahead of the game by exploring the exciting developments in EU policy and law that are set to have a significant impact on EU importers and exporters in 2024.


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


Who Decides the Height and Reason for EU Customs Fines: National or EU Law? New EU Judgement!

In a recent ruling, an EU importer was fined by national authorities. However, the legality of the action was called into question and the case was examined in detail. The case and judgement can be downloaded.

EU: Examining the Effectiveness of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)

Unpacking the EU's GSP Unilateral Trade Programme: Insights from the Latest Effectiveness Report. Download the Report, a GSP Factsheet and detailed FAQs on GSP.

 

This Week's Question: We are All Ears!


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.


Are you Affected by new UK Import Veterinary Border Controls?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not Sure!


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. 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


1) EU: Recent cases of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties (ADD & CVD)".

On 22 November 2023, two Commission Implementing Regulations were issued regarding anti-dumping measures. The first accepts a request for new exporting producer treatment for certain iron or steel fasteners imported from China. The second imposes anti-dumping duty on imported tubes and pipes of ductile cast iron from India. Additionally, a notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding regarding imports of erythritol from China was released. access details and download the law the law here: https://www.customsmanager.info/post/eu-latest-add-cvd-cases


⇒ UK: Latest ADD & CVD cases

Here are the latest updates on anti-dumping duty issued by the UK, along with links to the relevant legislation. The information is updated on a weekly basis.


⇒ U.S: Latest ADD & CVD cases


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)

 

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


Revolutionize Your CBAM Strategy with the Ultimate 2024 CBAM Bundle: Download Now Our fantastic bundle includes essentials for EU and non-EU CBAM importers and exporters. Prepare to maximise EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) compliance while decreasing challenges. Guidelines, factsheets, and PowerPoint presentations make this bundle the ideal compliance solution. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to plan early and ensure a flawless import/export journey! Read on: https://www.customsmanager.info/post/revolutionize-your-cbam-strategy-with-the-ultimate-2024-cbam-bundle-download-now

1) FREE TO ACCESS CBAM: Our Collection of Support Tools and Documents

Promptly access the required documents and information for professionals in the field of CBAM. Updated with the latest guidance for EU importers and installation operators. Date of last update 27.11.2023


2) UPDATED EU CBAM: The Ultimate Resource Guide for Importers and Exporters

EU CBAM: Guidance, User Manuals, Templates, Fact Sheets, and FAQs for Importers & Exporters Last Updated 27.11.2023


From the Shop:

⇒ DOWNLOAD NOW! The Ultimate CBAM Support Bundle

Presenting the EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (2024 Support Bundle)! Learn how powerful this all-inclusive bundle is and get the capacity to implement CBAM in your company.


⇒ ESSENTIAL LEARNING EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) - Full Training (4 Hours)

Our Customs Training Center offers a comprehensive EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) training program that spans 4 hours - delivered online and pre-recorded so that you can watch it anywhere, anytime, and from any device. Our expert instructor, Arne Mielken, will guide you through the CBAM's intricacies, ensuring you thoroughly understand the process. This course covers the full range of CBAM topics, giving you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. Whether you're new to CBAM or looking to refresh your existing skills, our Full Training program is the perfect choice. Join us and take your CBAM knowledge to the next level.


What's Included

- 4-hour live recording of CBAM training (video for download)

- 4-hour live recording of CBAM training (audio for download - to listen to without the need for visual aid

- Full Slide deck

- Certificate of completion

- CBAM Quiz (e-mail us at info@customsmanager.org) to get the link.


 

Classification 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


GIR 3(c): A multifunctional apparatus for the dashboard of a car (Customs Classification)

Explore this example of a multifunctional apparatus for the dashboard of a car - an example of the use of GIR 3c. We talk you through it.


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 https://www.customsmanager.info/post/eu-common-customs-tariff-2024


⇒ UK


UK publishes 2024 changes to the UK Trade Tariff

The UK government has recently released updates to the 2024 trade tariff. It is essential for importers and exporters to review these changes carefully and ensure they are complying with the new regulations. Failure to do so may result in delays in the transportation of goods due to incorrect classification. Details of changes for 2024 here:



⇒ US


Harmonized System Update (HSU)


  • A new Harmonized System Update (HSU) was created on November 15, 2023. The update contains 12 ABI records and 2 harmonized tariff records. More details here

 

Customs Updates

You can find all of our customs updates here:


⇒ EU


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


2) NEW EU Duty Suspensions Proposal for 2024


Autonomous tariff quotas of the EU are needed for products whose production in the EU is insufficient to meet the needs of the user industry in the EU for a given quota period. EU tariff quotas should be opened at zero or reduced duty rates for appropriate volumes, without disturbing the markets for such products. The EU has published the list of goods to benefit from suspended duties. Access the new list now.


⇒ US


5) U.S. U.S. Automated Export System Customs Updates (ACE)


⇒ UK


6) Guidance on what to do at the UK' Border Inland Facilties Updated

We guide drivers at interior border facilities for customs and document inspections away from ports. The UK updated its advise on accessing interior border facilities with information on when you may need to attend an inspection. Two interior border facilities have upgraded functionality. Also, we updated recommendations. Read our revised advice.

 

Customs Declarations (+ CDS) - Updates


1) NEW Navigating HMRC's CDS: Key Dates and Changes for UK Exporters

Breaking Down HMRC's Customs Declaration Service (CDS): What UK Exporters Need to Know in 2024


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

Stay up-to-date with the latest changes to the UK Customs Declarations Service (CDS) by reading our blog post. Learn about the recent updates to Data Element 1/11 and Data Element 2/3 in Appendix 5A Union and National Codes, among other changes. The post was last updated on November 27, 2023.


3) NEW Troubleshooting Error Codes: CDS12077 Common Data Service Relation Error

When submitting declarations on CDS, there may be times when you receive error messages due to incorrect data entry or missing information. Here is what you need to do

 

Court Cases & Law Updates

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


UK


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)


EU


Who Decides the Height and Reason for EU Customs Fines: National or EU Law? New EU Judgement!

In a recent ruling, an EU importer was fined by national authorities. However, the legality of the action was called into question and the case was examined in detail. The case and judgement can be downloaded.


New customs law

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Curtea de Apel București (Romania) lodged on 8 August 2023 — Network One Distribution SRLv Agenția Națională de Administrare Fiscală — Direcția Generală Regională a Finanțelor Publice București, Agenția Națională de Administrare Fiscală — Direcția Generală de Administrare a Marilor Contribuabili, Autoritatea Vamală Română — Direcția Regională Vamală București Ministerul Finanțelor — Direcția Generală de Soluționare a Contestațiilor



U.S.


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 of Customs Bulletin, updated weekly. https://www.customsmanager.info/post/us-customs-bulletin-weekly-decisions

 

Duty-Free (and Duty Reliefs) & Simplifications


NEW Outward Processing: A Comprehensive Guide for Importers & Exporters

Maximizing Cost Savings: Your Comprehensive Guide to Outward Processing

  • Outward processing means that goods may be temporarily exported from a customs territory in order to undergo processing operations.

  • Or, in other words: Outward Processing allows businesses to temporary export goods out of one country (or better: customs territory) to be processed in another country (customs territory).

 

E-Customs Updates


1) Streamlining UK Trade: Introducing the Single Trade Window

HMRC is preparing for the first release of the UK Single Trade Window. The authority has provided an update. We summarise.


2) U.S. Automated Export System Customs Updates (ACE)

Latest U.S. ACE updates. Date of Last Update 27.11.2023. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has updated its schedule for deploying additional functionality to the Automated Commercial Environment. ACE functionality, including data reports, can help importers and others boost compliance and duty savings efforts. Access all details here: https://www.customsmanager.info/post/us-automated-export-system-ace-updates


3) U.S: Cargo Systems Messaging Service

The Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) is a communication method used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide news and updates to their trade partners regarding their automated systems, specifically the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). You can access the latest updates on the CSMS.

 

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


1) UPDATED EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement to enter into force

The European Parliament has given its approval to a free trade agreement between the European Union and New Zealand. You can find more information about this agreement by checking out the EP resolution. Additionally, the Council has made a decision regarding the conclusion of this FTA on behalf of the Union. Bulgaria and Hungary have also released statements regarding this agreement. All documents, resolutions and the complete text, including rules of origin and summary can be downloaded here:


2) NEW EU Mercosur Open letter of parliamentarians: Democratic scrutiny of the EU-Mercosur deal is non-negotiable!



3) NEW 5th Civil Society Dialogue Meeting dedicated to the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC)

The Commission organised the 5th Civil Society Dialogue Meeting dedicated to the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) and the preparations for the next ministerial discussion (date and venue to be confirmed). The Commission used the occasion to inform civil society representatives on preparations for the ministerial discussion and exchange views on the EU's priorities and opportunities for the EU-US Trade and Technology Council cooperation going forward.


4) NEW EU: Examining the Effectiveness of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)

Unpacking the EU's GSP Unilateral Trade Programme: Insights from the Latest Effectiveness Report. Download the Report, a GSP Factsheet and detailed FAQs on GSP.


UK


5) An Enhanced Free Trade Agreement with South Korea

The UK has set out its approach to negotiating an enhanced free trade agreement with the Republic of Korea. We summrise the strategic approach.



U.S.


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


1) Navigating the Upcoming Changes to UK Trade with the Republic of Ireland

There will be changes for products travelling from the Republic of Ireland to Great Britain. This includes when goods travel via Northern Ireland. We explain.


2) Challenges and Solutions for Importing Food and Drink from Northern Ireland to Great Britain

What You Need to Know About Importing Food and Drink from the EU and Northern Ireland to Great Britain in 2024 and beyond. Updated guidance. https://www.customsmanager.info/post/importing-food-drink-from-eu-and-northern-ireland-to-great-britain


 

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.


1) Decoding Customs Jargon: Customs Agents, Brokers & Representatives

Discover the secrets of customs jargon with our "jargon busters"! Unravel the mysteries of what customs agents and brokers or representatives are.


2) Decoding Customs Jargon: Additional Procedure Codes (ACP)

Uncover the meanings of customs jargon with our "Jargon Busters"! Decipher the Additional Procedure Codes in the UK or other Customs Declarations Systems

 

Origin (Rules of)


Unpacking Rules of Origin: Minimal Operations In 12 Real-World Examples

Are You Aware of the Minimal Operations Rule? Avoid Disqualification of Your Product's Origin?


 

Prohibitions & Restrictions


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)

 

Transit Updates

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


Streamlining Your Connections: Using the Transit Network Address Book (2023 Edition)

Streamline Your Transit Communications with the Updated Transit Network Address Book

 

Valuation (Customs)

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


Maximizing Profits through Strategic Customs Valuation Techniques

Six Strategies to Safeguard Your Customs Value from Scrutiny by Customs Authorities

 

Veterinary Border & SPS controls 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 policy maker, 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

1) SPS: UK Import Risk Categories for animals & their products, plants & their products

DEFRA has removed the paragraph in the rules under the heading ‘If your consignment is in the low TOM risk category’ that stated ‘Some ABPs currently need a facilitation letter to import from the EU. From 31 January 2024 you’ll no longer need a facilitation letter for these products if they are in the low TOM risk category’. This is because it was misleading. Facilitation letters may currently be required for various imports, not just low risk ABPs. But they will no longer be required for any risk category, from 31 January 2024.


2) UPDATED UK: Updated List of Businesses that can export food to the EU

Only approved GB businesses may export food products to the EU. Check the updated list: Is your business on it? Date of last update: 27.11.2023


 

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


No Update Noted (What does this mean?)

 

World Trade Organisation (WTO)


Unlocking Trade Potential: The Benefits of Preferential Rules of Origin for LDCs (WTO report)

Addressing Concerns: WTO's New Insights on LDCs' Trade Benefits through Rules of Origin. Download the report here. https://www.customsmanager.info/post/unlocking-trade-potential-the-benefits-of-preferential-rules-of-origin-for-ldcs-wto-report


What if I have a question regarding these updates


Please use the chat function on the website www.customsmanager.org 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.


 

Sources


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)

  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).


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Course: Biosecurity & Veterinary Border Controls (SPS)

20 Nov, 13:00 – 17:00 GMT

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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)


23 Nov, 09:00 – 13:00 GMT Virtual Training Event This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of the trade in goods with Northern Ireland, including understanding the rules laid out by the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol, and practical processes and procedures. (Course ID: E-FA 07)


Course: Origin of Goods & Free Trade Agreements

24 Nov, 13:00 GMT – 25 Nov, 17:00 GMT

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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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Course: CBAM & Practical Implementation in Companies

01 Dec, 09:00 GMT – 02 Dec, 13:00 GMT

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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 (Course ID: E-FA 11)


11 Dec, 12:00 – 16:00 GMT Online Conference Stay ahead of the game by exploring the exciting developments in EU policy and law that are set to have a significant impact on EU importers and exporters in 2024.


11 Dec, 13:00 – 17:00 GMT Virtual Training Event 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)


18 Dec, 13:00 GMT – 17:00 GMT Virtual Training Event This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of Green Customs, identifying the rules and regulations that impact companies in climate change and environmental sustainability. (Course ID: E-FA 10)

 

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