The government has published a series of technical notices, setting out further detail on the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal. (more…)

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JCCC EU Exit Trusted Trader Sub-Group Update

The July JCCC EU Exit Trusted Trader Sub-Group meeting was lead by Mike Howe, Deputy Director for Customs Strategy and Tax design. The key highlights are listed below (more…)

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CDS Feedback required before June 8th

Following the CDS presentation and discussion at the National meeting recently, there were a number of items that members wanted to see included in the new system. ACITA will submit a list of such requirements to the HMRC team but before we do please could you let us know what, apart from the general declaration processing capabilities, additional features and functionality you would find beneficial and assist you in ensuring better compliance and control of your customs processes more efficiently. Some suggestions already made include: 1)      Electronic C79s – This would reduce the time for input tax recovery and would reduce the risk of postal delays. Delivery could be either by email or by the government gateway system 2)      Direct trade access to MSS data – This would allow a trader to pull a specific report for a timescale and also to manage customs compliance in real-time 3)      Smart filtering for CPC codes – This would mean that a trader would simply not be able to enter or exit a commodity code to a procedure if not authorised. The Irish customs declaration system already does this 4)      Active monitoring of guarantees – This would be a real-time monitoring of deferment accounts and potential duty guarantees.

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ACITA National Meeting April 2017

BREXIT to prove very challenging for international trade ACITA Members heard the European Perspective on BREXIT from Yves Melin and the UK Perspective from Aarti Shanker who also covered  how current BREXIT negotiations are at a macro and political level so the detail will be some time. It follows that the two year timescale is very optimistic, hindering planning for many companies. Howard Levene and Jeremy White covered the more practical BREXIT issues. [caption id="attachment_2508" align="alignnone" width="300"] BREXIT was a topic of intense discussion[/caption] Howard Levene, Five Lanes Consultancy – Changes with CDS replacing CHIEF Stella Jarvis, HMRC was unable to attend and speak due to Purdah, imposed as a General Election had been called for 8th June 2017 so Howard kindly stepped in at the last minute to present information he received at a recent meeting regarding CDS changes. He was assisted on technical matters by Kevin Wright, Lorenzo Rossetti and Dave Willis.

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Prior Surveillance import licensing regime

Commission implementing Regulation 2016/670 (Official Journal L115 published on 29 April 2016) introduced a “Prior Surveillance” import licensing regime to monitor imports of ironand steel products into the European Union. (more…)

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9 June stakeholder forum Postponed

Invitations for the testing workshop, on 25 May have been issued and the following stakeholder forum will now be held on 12 July 2016 (more…)

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Rules of origin for products not wholly obtained in the country of origin

UCC legislation contains some rules of origin for those products that are not wholly obtained in the country of origin. This update includes links to the legislation.These rules relate to list of substantial processing or working operations conferring non-preferential and a the list of working or processing required to be carried out on non-originating materials in order that the product manufactured can obtain originating status in relation to preferential measures adopted unilaterally by the Union for certain countries or territories. The latter was not published in the outgoing customs code although it was referred to as being in Annex 15, so it is safe to say that the UCC does include more than rules of origin. The various rules of origin governing all the bilateral preference agreements the Union has signed with certain Third countries, all of which were published in the Official Journals and are available online, are not included in the UCC.As far as establishing origin (either non-preferential or preferential) is concerned, when importing into the EU  the rules referred to above and surrounding the arrangement under which import is to be carried out, (UCC or otherwise) that must be taken into consideration NOT rules that may be in force in a Third country that it may use for trade with other (non-EU) partners.The articles on non-preferential origin run from Article 60-61 to R.952/13 (UCC) with further detail contained in Articles 31 - 36 and Annex 22-01 to Commission Delegated Regulation 2015/2446 (UCCDR).Articles 57-59 and Annex 22-14 to Commission Implementing Regulation 2015/2447 (UCCIR) refer to the proof of non-pref origin.In short goods wholly obtained in a single country or territory shall be regarded as having their origin in that country or territory (Article 60(1) (UCC)). 'Wholly' obtained' is defined in Article 31 (UCCDR).Goods, the production of which involves more than one country or territory shall be deemed to originate in the country where they underwent their last, substantial, economically-justified processing or working, in  an undertaking equipped for that purpose, resulting in the manufacture of a new product or representing an important stage of manufacture (Art 60(2) (UCC)).  Arts 32-33 provide further specific detail here with the list rules for various products contained in Annex 22-14.It is these rules that need to be complied with when determining the non-pref origin of goods for the purposes of trade with EU.  Not rules that may be in place in Third countries for other purposes.  The following links may also be helpful. Please note that the legal references have yet to be updated so you may have to correlate between the CCC and the UCC.  Furthermore it is likely that links to EU legislation will take you to the original version, i.e.

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CIP 09 Published

CIP 09 has only just been published on the HMRC CIP page of GOV.UK. This is the same as published on the ACITA website as a pre-web publication and is NOT a new CIP (Customs Information Paper).One of the benefits of ACITA is that CIPs are available ahead of publication on the gov.uk site, which is particularly valuable especially with the imminent UCC changes.

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New CIP (15) 38 will be issued by spring 2016

Please note that CIP 38 (2015), which was initially circulated on 13 October 2015 contains information which has now been superseded. The information will be amended within a new CIP. The new CIP will be issued by spring 2016 and is currently being drafted by the policy author.

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EU Publication of DA’s and IA’s for the UCC

Official Journal of the European Union publication of the Delegating Acts and Implementing Acts for the Union Customs Code regulation 952/2013 is now available. (more…)

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