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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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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?
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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.   

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About Porath Customs Agents:

Porath Customs Agents GmbH is a family run business that has been participating in the market for over 30 years. Started as a forwarding company, the focus shifted to its core strength, specialised business in customs clearance. With a dedicated team, strategically located in Germany and Poland, the company is known for their top performance and for meeting high expectations from clients. Their experience and focus on digitalisation provide clients a tailor-made solution to any customs matter.

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With 42 years of experience, Bruno can be called a veteran in the Italian customs industry. He started his career in customs at 19 years of age as a delivery boy for a customs broker in the Port of La Spezia. After a few years of running across the port of La Specia with customs documents, he decided to get his customs broker license and successfully took the exam in 1987. 

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The three companies have joined a leading pan-European Digital Customs Broker. Their extensive knowledge of the French customs market is a welcome addition to our broad knowledge base. At the same time, their customers can benefit from the knowledge and experience of our specialists in other countries, making it easier for them to expand their businesses into new markets. 

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Additionally, tariffs will be removed for 80% of Filipino-originating goods, and there will be greater flexibility for the rules of origin so that more exporters can benefit.

This new deal moves the preference away from the GSP, and will be under the new Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS).

So, what is the DCTS, and how could it affect your trade in future? Find out in this article.

GSP to be replaced (Teal Digital Pathways)
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In our series #WeAreCustomsSupport, you will meet the people behind Customs Support. We value our colleagues and the work they do. 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 Des Hiscock, who is the specialist services director at Customs Support UK.

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Currently, the Port of Liverpool has been on strike since the 19th September, and will continue to be until the 3rd October. The Port of Felixstowe is going to strike from the 27th September until the 5th October. Both strikes are organised by the Unite Union. What has caused the strikes, and how will your business be affected? Find out in this article.

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Customs Support, the leading digital customs broker in Europe, announces the acquisition of Transito 2000. With this acquisition Customs Support expands presence to Spain and emphasizes the importance of local presence with strategic offices close-by clients in the most important logistics hotspots in Europe with broad customs knowledge.

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