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
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.
Who are you?
My name is Kati Fortino. I’m 32 years old, and I live near Helsinki with my Italian husband and our 1.5-year-old boy. My career in customs started in 2013 at SA-TU Logistics, now Customs Support Finland. I’ve had different positions in the customs industry. I began in exports and transitioned to digital transformations and communications. I grew as the company grew, and now I’m the Marketing Coordinator for Finland and Sweden.
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 Jens Stevens, who is a senior customs consultant in The Netherlands.
Plus we are supported by 1500+ customs experts from across Europe. Meaning that we can provide you with full-service solutions and Empower your Global Trade. So, what exactly do we do?
Customs Freight Simplified Procedure is a straightforward, efficient, and cost-effective import process that Customs Support Felixstowe are authorised to operate on behalf of, or directly for regular traders in the UK.
Did you know that nearly 100 million live Christmas trees are bought across Europe and America every year? If you assumed every tree was valued at £30 (34.27 Euro 20/12/2022), that’s three billion pounds of trade on just the Christmas tree alone. That’s without freight, insurance, or decorations!
The introduction of the internet and smartphones have changed consumer behaviour forever. No longer are wholesale traders making up the bulk of all international shipments, or high street shops the only way for you to access what you need.
With the growth of technology and digitalisation in everyday life and more developments to come, customs must also undergo a radical shift to keep up with the world of tomorrow.
Migrating from CHIEF to CDS means that traders like you need to register on the new system, as well as processing the changes with your customs brokers. One essential piece of information that you need to complete your registration is your Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
In this article, we’ll explore what an EORI is, and some of the frequently asked questions surrounding EORI numbers and CDS.
Who are you?
I'm Nicola Haynes, a senior customs consultant. I've been working in the customs field for nearly 40 years and have been in all sorts of roles. I've worked for HMRC, out in the industry and I've worked in consulting, so I've experienced customs activity from all sides, really.
The European Union and the United Kingdom
Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen have agreed to work to resolve problems with the Northern Ireland Protocol – the post-Brexit trade deal, according to Sunak’s office.
Thus, although Northern Ireland remains part of Britain, it remains part of the EU’s trade bloc. But that means curtailment in its trade with the rest of Britain, which is vocally opposed by unionists who claim it cuts off the region from the rest of Britain.