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Great example of why after #Brexit the UK won’t be able to just wave goods through and we will need #customs formalities AND checks, incl for NI to GB trade. Especially if we want to sign FTAs.

Short explainer on why customs matters
Some Chinese goods are currently subject to additional tariffs or anti-dumping measures in the US and the EU due to the local market practices being deemed unfair (e.g. selling goods below the market value etc).
Let’s take one example from the article, EU’s anti-dumping measures on Chinese bikes. They are designed to protect the EU producers against unfair competition from China.
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For businesses, the extension/election kerfuffle is an additional period of uncertainty but also additional time to prepare and understand what their #Brexit exposure is. What are the risks and what can you do to mitigate them.
It can be daunting if you don't know where to start. Especially when it comes to the "forgotten tax" - #customs. Companies often don't have an in-house customs team. Either outsource the function to brokers and agents or have someone who "also does customs".
Internal customs processes are often followed blindly without a full understanding of why all the steps need to be taken. Which is understandable without a wider trade/customs context.
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If you're still confused about customs the
@britishchambers (we) just published three #Brexit #customs guides on:

📘 tariffs and classification
📗 rules of origin and
📙 customs declarations.
@britishchambers They are short and easy to follow - explain the particular area of customs, how it works today and what will change post-Brexit.
@britishchambers These guides are part of our Brexit hub - follow the link below to access other resources
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This is interesting. On #customs and #tech. Turkish customs added X-Ray Vehicle and Container Scanning (with some AI) systems to analyse vehicles and containers without physical intervention – just a scan to see what’s/who's in them
But – still require physical infrastructure and for the vehicle to pass through customs gates (if anyone is thinking of a certain problematic border).
Also, notice how these are implemented in a wider system – scanners, IT system, data processing and analysing centre. All this needs to be designed and planned before you can implement new tech
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On the summary exit declarations, @SteveBarclay mentioned today. It's important to understand what they are, why they are submitted and how they differ from #customs declarations.
@SteveBarclay Exit/entry declarations are slightly different than customs decs. Before import/export there is a requirement to submit a pre-arrival, pre-departure notification - info that allows authorities to control what's moving across borders from a safety and security perspective.
@SteveBarclay This information is mainly used for risk analysis and not to calculate the amount of duties due or apply other trade policy measures as in the case of customs declarations.
In principle, they are submitted by the carrier not the importer/exporter
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In response to @Jim_Cornelius' tweet a longish one on @GregHands interview on Newsnight last night (and the proposal in general).

TL:DR I get what they are trying to do but I have some genuine questions/concerns /1
@Jim_Cornelius @GregHands On the proposal and the integrity of SM – yes the proposal protects it in theory, on paper. But 1) smuggling will be hudge problem - how will the revolving patrol know if the car they stopped is an SME who is exempt from customs procedures and tariffs or a smuggler?
@Jim_Cornelius @GregHands 2) Requires the EU to agree to unprecedented derogation from the UCC. Both in terms of how existing procedures work & exemption for SMEs. Think of it this way – customs declarations thresholds are going down in general.
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Apart from not meeting any of the conditions an alternative arrangement was supposed to met (apart from a super narrow definition of no checks AT the border) I have two main problems with this new proposal /1
1) It doesn't provide any simplifications for SMEs and makes it much harder and expensive for them to trade. In the absence of a trusted trader programme that would work for SMEs, they can either use transit or submit a pre-lodged customs declaration /2
Both option require SMEs to use services of a #customs agent which can wipe out the entire profit margin (if you can find one that is, as this industry not currently developed in the area as not really needed until now) /3
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What do you do with a problematic border you wish wasn’t there? Move it inside your own country? Some thoughts on the latest ''backstop' alternative arrangements suggestions /1…
You could say this coming from the PM is more of the same "have your cake and eat it" narrative but what does "moving fluidly" actually mean? /2
With a common SPS zone +regulatory regime for industrial goods, what happens to the border?
If the UK is out of the CU+SM there is a customs border between NI and ROI. Regulatory alignment changes nothing here. /3
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#Customs Academy launch. If there is one thing we need in the UK it's more customs education and training. Brexit or not, customs is an area worth exploring.
@kgh_customs's EU customs training is fantastic. Let's hope so is this programme
@IOExport @HMRCgovuk
Certificate will be recognised by the @WCO_OMD
Re content- at the moment it's pretty generic and EU centric. However, as soon as UK's customs processes are finalised, forms released etc the content will be updated.
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The import /export #nodeal flowcharts published yesterday/today are very important information.
But if you are already trading there is very little new info there (if any),
And if you aren't, there is very little you can do with the flowcharts /1
If you're a new importer/exporter the flowcharts can demystify the process but you will still need to understand what #customs info you need to provide and how to get it. /2
You will still need a customs broker/agent or a freight forwarder to help you /3
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For the sake of clarity, #hauliers are NOT responsible for fulfilling the vast majority of #customs & #regulatory requirements needed to be admitted on board the ferry / in the port area to pick up or deliver goods. This is the responsibility of 1/…
The #trader (acting as the 'importer' from an EU perspective). That task can be outsourced to an intermediary - of which there is a lack of in the UK so many companies are struggling to find the help they need. The #haulier needs to ensure his/her #driver is in possession of 2/
The right proofs that the required #formalities have been completed & responsible for dealing with the #safety & #security #declaration if the #cargo is transported through #accompanied #transport (which, again, is a task that can be outsourced). 3/
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It's not as straightforward. Yes, they could have been clearer (see my thread this morning) but this particular Q requires traders to know the basics.
The expression used in the letter "deal with customs processes" is clumsy but /1
To explain who needs only UK EORI and who needs both UK and EU one you need to first explain basic customs principles: importer/exporter, special procedures, incoterms etc /2
The UK/ EU EORI issue would be best explained by a series of scenarios but even then it really is a case by case issue. Bit easier for smaller companies but still something a trader needs to assess given their current circumstances, model, future plans etc. /3
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Copy of @HMRCgovuk letter to EU-only traders sent last week. Auto-enrolment for EORI numbers.
Easy to spot why companies were confused as to who needs one in the UK and who needs an EU EORI /1…
@HMRCgovuk "Deal with customs processes of EU Member States" probably means very little to an EU-only trader. Strikingly different advice for importers and exporters ("you need to make customs declarations for your goods" in both cases) /2
@HMRCgovuk What would be useful to EU-only traders is clear info:

1) What does it mean to be an importer/ exporter?
2) How do you know you're one?
3) What is the liability and responsibilities in both cases?
4) What are import/export procedures?
5) What's an EORI/ TSP?

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UK freight forwarders/ brokers cannot recruit #customs specialists in sufficient numbers. The same way UK Gov cannot hire customs clerks, customs officials and the 500 border force officers Sajid Javid promised /1
First, as many incl @LeftPeggers pointed out, we don't have them in the UK (#customs is country specific, to a certain degree even within the EU, also not sure EU customs ppl would want to come work in the UK). /2
@LeftPeggers Second, customs is not something you can learn from a book as a lot of it requires direct experience. It's very different from other areas of tax where most rules are written down clearly (which still of course require direct experience)- customs rules are ambiguous at best /3
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Great one on #backstop. The only thing is, backstop doesn't remove the need for #customs procedures. Under the backstop an A.UK document would be needed. That's similar to what Turkey currently has under their CU with the EU /1
For Turkey you currently also need a pre-notification and a #customs declaration. The backstop DOES NOT clarify what customs procedures other than the A.UK doc would be required. Not enough details to be able to say how frictionless borders would be /2
I hears customs declarations would be removed but the need for pre-notifications would stay. But bottom line is we don't know what customs procedures would look like under the backstop / end
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On the relationship between FTAs, #rulesoforigin and environment.
#Vietnam signed an FTA with the EU and will stop benefiting from EU’s generalised scheme of preferences (#GSP) for developing countries /1…
When the EU-Vietnam FTA comes into force, new rules of origin will apply. Vietnam's #textile industry isn’t developed enough to meet EU’s origin rules. Local producers rely on imported raw materials. Making it difficult to fulfil value added rules /2
In order to be able to benefit from #customs tariff reductions under the EU deal, local enterprises will have to invest in production facilities in the country as well as in supporting industries /3
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I wouldn't even say that's the main problem. Have them. Why not? All #customs simplifications are good. We have I/O processing, warehouses, end use etc. Free ports could be useful for a very limited number of companies that happen to be located in the right place /1
Building them, putting the right processes and controls, hiring staff and ensuring compliance will be a big investment that may or may or may not be worth it in the long run /2
But for me the main problem is that if he's mentioning #Freeports on day 1 the chances are he doesn't really understand what they do. Seems he's been advised it's an opportunity that somehow relates to #Brexit /3
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Whether we’re talking about some sort of alternative arrangements for @BorderIrish or just coping with increased no of #customs declarations after #Brexit (especially under #nodeal ) it all comes down to customs systems /1…
Some like the #AAC claim that it would be sufficient to use existing systems and processes to solve the NI border. All you would need is to adapt them slightly. Which doesn't seem to be a big deal (I'm not going to go into detail here on the AAC plan-just focusing on systems) /2
I've mentioned this several times before - an update from UK's current customs IT system CHIEF to the new version CDS started years back, before the referendum. The article provides an update on the progress. TL:DR it's not ready for Brexit /3
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Much on free ports /zones over the last couple of days. The only thing you really need to know about them is that they have absolutely nothing to do with the most pressing #Brexit challenges
These remained unchanged since well before March –NI border, customs procedures, delays, business readiness etc. Free zones/ports change very little here.
The issue of whether or not EU membership has prevented us from having free ports/tax free zones is completely irrelevant (also- it hasn’t).
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C’est parti! 3 day Roundtable on the Future of Rules of Origin and Utilization Rates started in Florence. Organised by @EuropeanUni @UNCTAD @GlobGovProgram @BernardHoekman
Great opportunity for reps from IOs, governments, private sector and academia to discuss #rulesoforigin
Key topics raised so far: best practices on RoOs, the need for increased cross-sector cooperation and the extreme disconnect between pockets of knowledge on RoOs.
Utilisation rates will be one of the key issues here – how do we determine whether FTAs currently in place lead to economic benefits if we do not know what the utilisation rates are and are only estimating them
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From the AAC Brexit event to @SMMT summer reception to hear @LiamFox talk about the UK auto industry and UK auto supply chains
"You cant interfere with free and global trade without serious consequences" @LiamFox
Can't argue with that
And @BarryGardinerMP talking about #rulesoforigin and cumulation.
#customs has truly gone mainstream!
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Alternative Arrangements Commission Conference - Rt Hon Stephen Barclay on the importance of trust and mutual consent for NI border solution. Something everyone can agree on before we get into the nitty gritty of the proposal #aaclondonlaunch
#aaclondonlaunch @ShankerASingham - the AAC group visited the NI region 3 times as part of their work
#aaclondonlaunch "technology exists". #blockchain mentioned less than 1h in. Look forward to hearing how to operationalise AAC recommendations later today
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The thing about #customs declarations, whether you think they look difficult or not, is that to answer most questions you need to be familiar with customs rules as well as legal implications of your answers /1…
No, it’s not rocket science but it’s an area of tax and like all tax matters is not particularly user-friendly and straight forward. Does it matter who you list as the declarant? How do you calculate the customs value and why does it matter? /2
You really need someone within your company with some idea of what it all means. Even through you’re most likely going to be using a broker. Because even though they are familiar with the rules, it’s not their job or responsibility to advise you on them /3
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An article about a country with 3 separate customs territories – China. #FTAs in place between the Mainland and Hong Kong, Mainland and Macao and Hong Kong and Macao /1…
Basically: China is one country with separate customs territories which are joined by FTAs – in order to move products between these territories firms need to comply with #rulesoforigin
So the Chinese “one country, two systems” system is not without price. /2
It is as if post #Brexit NI and GB were two different #customs territories within one country, joined by an FTA and with rules of origin and other customs formalities between them- with an actual customs border. Just something to think about
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