Services


Services offered

  • Support to clients in case of difficulties with the administration in customs, import/export matters
  • Advice to clients on:
    • the Customs Code, including the new Union Customs Code
    • customs and import/export processes and procedures
    • applications for tariff quotas and tariff suspensions
    • applications for authorizations/certificates (e.g. inward processing, customs warehousing, AEO, centralized clearance)
    • tariff classification, including binding tariff information
    • customs value
    • preferential and non-preferential origin of goods
    • customs, VAT, excise and foreign trade law compliance
    • anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard proceedings
    • applications under the trade barriers Regulation
    • protection against the import of goods infringing intellectual property rights
    • prohibitions and restrictions on import and export
    • legal developments
  • Training and coaching on the above-mentioned issues
  • Studies and audits on customs, import and export processes and procedures
  • Legal lobbying, requests and complaints to the EU Commission

Examples of services provided to clients over the last years

  • Studies
    • compatibility of national measures with international or EU law (France, Greece, Ireland, Nigeria)
    • transport corridors (Senegal, Mali)
    • implementation of the Common ECOWAS Tariff (Nigeria)
    • improvement of practices of trade surveillance authorities (China)
    • implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (several countries and customs unions)
  • Legal advice / opinions / applications concerning
    • import in different EU Member States of small consignments ordered through online-shops (customs, VAT, excise aspects)
    • import of wine in different Member States
    • obstacles to the movement of goods in the EU
    • treatment of royalties for the customs value
    • wrong preferential/non-preferential certificates of origin
    • incurrence of a customs and VAT debt through negligence
    • refund of import duites
    • tariff classification of specific products
    • application for a single authorization
    • excise duties on a newly developed tobacco product
    • representation of importers/exporters or manufacturers in anti-dumping proceedings, including refund requests
    • application for MET status of Chinese exporter
    • inward processing
    • end-use
    • consequences of the Brexit for companies trading with the UK
    • voluntary disclosure in case of irregularities
    • confiscation of goods due to claims that they infringe intellectual property rights
    • damage claim before the European Court
    • requests for action by the EU Commission
    • requests for access to documents held by EU institutions,
  • Audits with regards to compliance and efficient organisation for
    • a logistics company
    • a manufacturer subject to customs and excise duties
    • a company producing and testing pharmaceutical substances
  • Support to IT service providers
    • customs-related projects
    • AEO
  • Training and coaching
    • in-house and external training for economic operators inter aliaon the transition to the Union Customs Code, customs procedures, the customs tariff, VAT on import and export, anti-dumping
    • lectures for customs and trade officials and students, inter alia on the following subjects: creation of a customs union, accession to the EU, customs tariff, customs procedures, trade facilitation, international customs and foreign trade law, anti-dumping law, the Union Customs Code