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Week 30/21: Government law and guidance changes in Customs & Global Trade

A summary of EU, UK, German and Irish customs and trade laws, updates and guidance changes. Access all changes with a single click. Coverage: 26.07.2021-01.08.2021

As most institutions are closed for summer, so will this legislative report rest in August and return supercharged from 1 September 2021. The first edition back will be on the 30 August 2021 cover the entire month. We look forward supporting you again and help you navigate legislation. 

Have a great summer

The Content Team of Customs Manager Ltd.


  1. Changes to Customs and Global Trade Legislation of the European Union in Week 29/21

  2. Changes to Customs and Global Trade Legislation and Guidance of the United Kingdom in Week 30/21

  3. Ireland: Updates and Notification from the Irish Revenue

  4. Germany: Updates from the German Zoll

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1. Changes to Customs and Global Trade Legislation of the European Union in Week 30/21

Every week we monitor changes with EU law so you do not have to. This week we look at the Offical Journal of the European Union, so you do not have to:

The Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) is the main source of EUR-Lex content. It is published daily (from Monday to Friday regularly, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays only in urgent cases) in the official EU languages.

It publishes EU law changes in the area of customs, trade, commercial policy, including trade agreements and export controls amongst many other areas. You can find the consolidated list of all weekly updates in this category on the expert blog:

The editions we looked at were:

31/07/2021 L275 L276

30/07/2021L272 L273 L274 C305 C305I C306 C307 C308

29/07/2021 L270 L271 C303 C304

28/07/2021 L269 C301 C301A C302

27/07/2021L267 L268 C299 C300

26/07/2021L264 L265 L266 C296 C297 C298

L = Legislation change

C = Information and Notices, with no legal character.

Not all editions cover customs, and global trade matters, so we have selected the ones that directly affect importers into the EU or exporters out of the EU, transport companies, customs brokers and anyone with an interest in customs and global trade. This analysis has been prepared by your team of dedicated Customs Managers to help you stay compliant.


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EU makes minor changes to Libya sanction

The EU has published COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2021/1241 of 29 July 2021 implementing Article 21(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/44 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya and repealing Regulation (EU) No 204/2011. The entry for one person has been deleted, as he is deceased and information for other persons has been updated.

EU changes Iran sanctions regulation

The EU has published COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2021/1242 of 29 July 2021 implementing Regulation (EU) No 267/2012 concerning restrictive measures against Iran. Following the judgment of the General Court in Case T-580/19 (3), Sayed Shamsuddin Borborudi was removed from the sanctions list and 21 entries are newly included. The changes address persons and entities involved in nuclear or ballistic missile activities and persons and entities providing support to the Government of Iran or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.


Learn more in our dedicated section on the Expert Blog


Trade: EU-ESA

Commission reports on fifth negotiation round with five Eastern and Southern African countries to deepen existing Economic Partnership Agreement

As part of its transparency commitment, the European Commission published today the report summarising the progress made during the latest negotiation round to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with five Eastern and Southern African partners (ESA5): Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe.

A review of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2230 is hereby initiated under Article 11(4) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 in order to determine if an individual anti-dumping duty should be imposed on the imports of trichloroisocyanuric acid and preparations thereof, also referred to as ‘symclosene’ under the international non-proprietary name (INN), currently falling under CN codes ex 2933 69 80 and ex 3808 94 20 (TARIC codes 2933698070 and 3808942020), originating in the People’s Republic of China (‘the product under review’), produced for export to the Union by Inner Mongolia Likang Bio-Tech Co., Ltd (Likang) (TARIC additional code C630).

Customs Valuation

EU Customs Valuation Compendium July 2021 version published

The EU has updated its Compendium of the legal provisions and accompanying texts relating to the application of Customs Valuation legislation. It was last published in consolidated form in 2018. Since then, a number of developments have intervened i.e. additional rulings and conclusions have been adopted and changes in certain implementing provisions have taken place. A summary of judgements of the Court of Justice of the European Union is included.

EU Customs Valuation Compendium - provided by Customs Manager Ltd
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Customs classification

EU publishes draft of CN 2022 tariff changes

The EU has published the changes it intends to make for 2022. This is expected to be fully published by the 30th of October with an entry into force of 1 January 2022.

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2. Changes to Customs and Global Trade Legislation and Guidance of the United Kingdom in Week 30/21

Every week we monitor changes with UK law and guidance so you do not have to. This week we look at the legislation changes on and the changes to customs and global trade guidance on


Transit Update New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) online web portal for Northern Ireland

In Newsletter 5 – December 2020 HMRC explained that they will be making changes to the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) to help with submitting departures and arrivals at locations in Northern Ireland. They have now made these changes. Users will be able to use the NCTS web portal to submit notifications for both arrivals and departures notifications at locations in Northern Ireland from 16 August 2021. New or existing NCTS web portal users do not need to take any action. When logged in users will be given the option to make a movement relating to:

  • Northern Ireland (XI)

  • the rest of the UK (GB)

There is more information on the HMRC portal.

Draft notices under The Customs Border Procedures (EU Exit) Regulations 2021 Draft notices under The Customs and Excise Border Procedures (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021 which have the force of law under customs regulations. Download the notice here.

Download PDF • 144KB

Learn more about transit



UK strategic export controls annual report 2020 This report gives a detailed overview of the UK’s strategic export controls policy and export licensing decisions for the period January to December 2020.

Guns, knives, swords and other offensive weapons: UK border control This guidance summarises the requirements, controls and sanctions that Border Force applies to firearms and offensive weapons when they are imported into the UK. There are new prohibitions relating to the possession of offensive weapons and the importation and supply of cyclone and spiral knives. The public enquiries email address has been updated. The following sections have been updated: importing knives, swords and other offensive weapons into the UK; banned knives and weapons; circumstances where restricted offensive weapons can be imported.


Learn more about Export Controls


3. Ireland: Updates and Notification from the Irish Revenue

Irish Revenue is the customs authority of the Republic of Ireland. They apply the Union Customs Code and have several national systems which require regular updates. For our Irish subscriber or those trading with Ireland, we publish the latest changes published by the Irish authorities. We consult the following webpage for you, so you do not have to:

eCustoms Helpdesk Notification

No news

Ireland: Export Licencing Unit

New EU Dual-use Regulation and Ireland

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will host an online event for business and industry representatives on 14 September 2021 to mark the commencement of the recast of the EU Dual-use Regulation ((EU) 2021/821).

The recast comes into force on 9 September 2021.


4. Germany: Updates from the German Zoll and BAFA

German Zoll

German Zoll is the customs authority of Germany. They apply the Union Customs Code and have several national systems which require regular updates. For our German subscriber or those trading with Germany, we publish the latest changes published by the German authorities. We consult the following webpage for you, so you do not have to:


Erster Podcast des Zolls: "Was Zoll das?"

Etwas für die Ohren ...

Am 26. Juli 2021 startet der Zoll erstmals ein eigenes Podcast-Format "Was Zoll das?", in dem Zöllner*innen interessante Einblicke in ihren Zollalltag gewähren. Von skurrilen Schmuggelverstecken bis hin zu Rekordfunden von Kokain: Im Podcast-Format "Was Zoll das?" wird schnell deutlich, wie vielfältig die Arbeit des Zolls ist.

In insgesamt vier Folgen geht es um Themen wie Schmuggel, Steuern, internationaler Handel, aber auch Zebrafelle oder vierbeinige Spürnasen. Das neue Format nimmt die Zuhörer*innen mit auf eine auditive Reise durch die spannenden Aufgabenbereiche des Zolls.

Der Podcast "Was Zoll das?" erscheint zunächst als Sommer-Podcast vom 26. Juli bis 16. August 2021 im wöchentlichen Rhythmus und wird sowohl auf unserer Website ( als auch bei Spotify zu hören sein.

On July 26, 2021, customs will launch its own podcast format "Was Zoll das?" For the first time, in which customs officers will provide interesting insights into their everyday customs. From bizarre smuggling hiding spots to record discoveries of cocaine: in the podcast format "Was Zoll das?" it quickly becomes clear how diverse the work of customs is.

Updates for participants in ATLAS

Mit der ATLAS-Teilnehmerinfo werden Informationen bezüglich Softwareänderungen und deren Auswirkung in fachlicher und gegebenenfalls betrieblicher Hinsicht bekannt gegeben. Sie sind für Teilnehmer relevant.

ATLAS import and export:

Einfuhr und Ausfuhr: Darstellungsprobleme in der Codeliste I0100 durch Kombination von EU-Codes - Behebung zum 11.09.2021; Anpassung EDI-IHB Ein- und Ausfuhr.

Display problems in the code list I0100 due to a combination of EU codes - Be

increase on 09/11/2021; Adjustment of EDI-IHB import and export

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