Can you give us an overview of what interim strategic custom support is?  

Interim strategic customs support is the process of improving a company’s efficiency and reducing their risk, getting them from where they are now to a more optimal position. We start with a quick scan, where we assess the blueprint of the company structure, their processes, where their risks are, and what we need to do to improve that profile. 

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The EU has taken action to support customs reform in several areas. These include IT transformation, joining the Convention on a Common Transit Procedure, implementing an Authorised Economic Operator Program and bringing Ukrainian customs legislation in line with the customs rules and regulations in the European Union. Digitalisation and open communication between companies and customs and tax authorities are at the heart of these reforms.

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Who are you?

I’m Adam Grimshaw, the compliance manager for the UK. I’m based in Felixstowe, and have been with this office for two years now, starting at UK Customs Solutions before the acquisition in 2021.

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Can you give us an overview of what interim operational customs support is?

Interim operational customs support is where we work inside your operation.

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In this series, we will interview the people who are always ready to assist you with your customs-related needs in foreign trade. Next up in this series is Mikael Eriksson, Managing Director of our Sweden organisation.

Meet Our People: Mikael Eriksson

In this series, we will interview the people who are always ready to assist you with importing or exporting your goods without worries. Next up in this series is Yvonne Shaw, who is the office manager in Paisley, UK.

Yvonne Shaw - Office Manager

What does Koornstra & Co do?

Koornstra is an importer and exporter of fruit and vegetables. We deliver the goods where they are needed at the right time within our market area, according to JIT – Just-in-time method. That is where our strength lies because we can easily respond to customer requirements.

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The United Kingdom

The UK continued to strengthen their post-Brexit relationships around the world in 2022. Here are some of their highlights:

South Korea

In February, the UK and South Korea began talks over improving their free trade deal in order to deepen the ties between the two countries.

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Supply Chains are getting increasingly digital, and that is a good thing. Increasing amounts of data are being shared digitally, saving all parties a lot of time. It’s not just companies. Governments are digitalising as well, which is clearly visible in customs. An increasing number of processes and procedures have been digitalised in recent years. Up next for a digital refresh are the European excise procedures. The official designation is Council Directive 2020/262.


European Customs Authorities are Digitalizing Excise Procedures


Customs Support: Excise Goods

It also implements the gradual reduction of duty rates for products covered by the "Declaration on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products" agreement, also known as the ITA agreement. The relevant part of the agreement, which specifies the reductions to be implemented by 2023, can be found on the World Trade Organization's website. The CN codes introduced throughout 2022 can also be found on the European Union's EUR-Lex website.

#WeAreCustomsSupport What is the Combined Nomenclature (CN) and why is it essential?