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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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This article raises an interesting question. Small parcels under a certain value don’t require customs duty or declaration. The legislation is a bit hazy on low value shipments. Can be used to send counterfeit goods or to avoid customs. /1…
There is a general tendency to try to regulate and set out new procedures for low value shipments. At the same time low value shipments are not going anywhere – especially since we’re purchasing more and more online. /2
This has also some relevance for #Brexit – how will the UK/EU deal with #customs requirements for small parcels moving back and forth in case a customs border between the two (all Brexit scenarios)? /3
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Setting revenue targets for national #customs authorities is a tricky concept. On one hand it can help to minimise smuggling and increased compliance. Thought it would probably have to go hand in hand with anti-bribery measures /1…
But at the same time, you’re incentivizing customs officials to apply customs and excise duties, levies and “other fees” – on its own, without other metrics this can lead to various tariff measures being applied incorrectly /2
If you ask #customs to charge traders, they are likely to find ways to do so. Not entirely sure this support #tradefacilitation efforts /end
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Trying to understand Gov’s logic behind NI “solution”. Here goes: we accept that goods form Ir otherwise subject to UK tariffs (~agri) will be shipped via NI tariff free. This is calculated into the system and is a backdoor into UK market for goods where tariffs apply /1
We acknowledge that other EU exporters (continental EU) might wish to trans-ship via I/NI. Some 3rd countries as well (e.g. agri goods already #customs cleared in the EU). But we're hoping this will be limited due to logistics (amount and capacity of transport lanes)? /2
We're removing checks unilaterally to put the EU in the position where when they want to protect the integrity of SM they will need to be the ones applying tariffs and checks to the politically charged NI border /3
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We are not ready for #nodeal. No one is ready. Whatever the outcome of the next two votes, we’re not ready for 29th.

Borders aren’t ready. Traders aren’t ready. Brokers aren’t ready. Gov certainly isn’t ready... longer one /1
Borders. We have TSPs for imports to the UK via roro ports– with traders needing to sign up. Minimum formalities at the border with supplementary declarations later. In practice no one knows how exactly will this work and whether it will actually help to speed things up /2
We have the French #customs system which relies on their IT working as well as traders pre-lodging customs declarations. Not been tested and again, not sure if it will work. Or even at which point VAT and other duties become due (guarantees ? etc). /3
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Important. French #customs announce a new smart border in Calais and Channel Tunnel in prep for #Briext.

What is it, what it definitely isn’t and what’s smart about it? /1…
It’s a way to speed up the checks in case of #nodeal. On the way in and out of France (exports/imports). Similar to how transit procedure works currently /2
What it is?
1) Way to submit customs docs online before arriving at the border
2) Hopefully, a way to speed up border/customs checks
1) Different lanes for vehicles that need/don’t need checks

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