UK Files Divorce Papers with the European Union: What Global Traders Need to Know Now

Posted by Arne Mielken on Wed, Mar, 29 2017 @ 8:42 AM

The official government website of the United Kingdom (www.page.gov.uk) cites three main steps to obtain a divorce in the United Kingdom. These steps provide a  very formal process and detail the lengthy list of official documents to be obtained.  Basically here is the procedure:

  • Step 1: Apply for divorce and give reasons why you want the marriage to end.
  • Step 2: Obtain a formal “no objection” document from the court.
  • Step 3: After waiting at least 6 weeks, get a legal document that ends your marriage.
Read More

Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Knowledge

EU Parliament Advances CETA

Posted by Arne Mielken on Fri, Feb, 17 2017 @ 3:00 PM

Amber Road has previously reported extensively on the Comprehensive Economic and
 Trade Agreement
(CETA). Under negotiation for almost five-and-a-half years, CETA
was approved in a close vote by the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on 15 February 2017. It was signed by both the European Union and Canadian representatives in October 2016, and first received a positive recommendation from the EU International Trade Committee in the European Parliament (EP) on 24 January 2017.

Read More

Topics: Duty Management, Foreign-Trade Zones, Trade Agreements

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Are You Ready for REX?

Posted by Arne Mielken on Tue, Jan, 10 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Global companies - particularly those using Amber Road’s software solutions - know that only with a superior system that deciphers complex terms, coverage and rules of origin for trade agreements can they leverage substantial costs-savings, whilst maintaining highest levels of compliance. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that these leading global players have been buzzing with questions on the recently adopted Registered Export System (REX). 

Read More

Topics: Export Management, Export License Management, Export Compliance

Updates to the 2016 EU Dual-Use Control List: Here’s What Changed

Posted by Arne Mielken on Wed, Nov, 23 2016 @ 9:57 AM

The constant changes in economical, technological, and political circumstances makes it necessary for the EU to be as current as possible when it comes to dual-use export controls in order to preserve international peace and security. For this reason, and in order to comply with its international security obligations, the EU dual-use control list included in Annex I to the Regulation (EC) No. 428/2009 needs to be updated regularly.

On November 15, 2016, the European Commission formally published the amended Council Regulation on the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items. The EU Commission had already adopted this on September 12, 2016, however publication in the Official Journal of the EU could not occur until after the EU Parliament and EU Council’s 2-month period of veto powers had passed. This 2016 update of the EU Control List of Dual-Use Items concern, in particular, the current list of dual-use items, specifically those in Annexes I, IIa and IIg of EC No 428/2009, as amended. The regulation entered into force the following day on November 16, 2016. The EU Commission has published a “Comprehensive Change Note Summary 2016”.

Read More

Topics: Export Management, Export License Management, Export Compliance

EU Bases its Tariff Update on the WCO 2017 HS Changes

Posted by Arne Mielken on Fri, Oct, 28 2016 @ 10:39 AM

With the publication of “COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2016/1821 of 6 October 2016 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff” on October 28, 2016, the European Union has updated its EU Tariff, also known as the Combined Nomenclature (CN). The CN is, in essence, a list of numbers used to identify a description of goods traded with the EU.

Read More

Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Product Classification

Focus on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Posted by Arne Mielken on Thu, Oct, 20 2016 @ 2:45 PM

On February 29, 2016, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, and the European Union’s Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, announced the completion of the legal review of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). After many years of negotiations, this European Union (EU) and Canadian treaty could finally be signed at the forthcoming EU-Canada Summit in Brussels on October 27, 2016. The EU considers it to be “a milestone in European trade policy” and “the most ambitious trade agreement that the EU has ever concluded.”  Those in favor of CETA argue that it will boost trade between the EU and Canada. Critics argue that the agreement is unduly favorable to businesses and may lead to a lowering of regulatory standards.  With a provisional application possible in the near future, let’s take a closer look at what’s at stake and why CETA matters.

Read More

Topics: Duty Management, Trade Agreement Identification, Trade Agreements

EU Proposes to Modernize its Dual-Use Regulation

Posted by Arne Mielken on Thu, Sep, 29 2016 @ 10:15 AM

The EU has an extensive dual-use industry that brings together thousands of small, medium, and large-sized companies that provide highly valued jobs and know-how, including significant R&D work. According to the European Commission, dual-use items are often high-tech products and have ramifications across a wide range of key sectors of the EU economy; they include leading edge technologies that are crucial to the EU's drive towards innovation and competitiveness. In 2014, the total value of controlled dual-use exports reached EUR 59 billion, representing 3.4% of total EU exports to third countries. Few exports were actually denied, representing a negligible portion of total EU exports.

Read More

Topics: Export Management, Export License Management, Export Compliance

Amber Road Adds Import Controls on EU Invasive Alien Species

Posted by Arne Mielken on Tue, Sep, 27 2016 @ 10:30 AM

On July 13, 2016, the EU added new import controls on invasive alien species (IAS) to its TARIC database with the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1141, adopting a list of invasive alien species of EU concern pursuant to EU Regulation No. 1143/2014. Amber Road's EU Trade Content team has captured these new import controls and updated our global trade content.

Read More

Topics: Import Management, Global Trade Content, Global Knowledge

Focus on TARIC - A Buzzword for Customs Professionals in the EU

Posted by Arne Mielken on Tue, Sep, 20 2016 @ 1:13 PM

TARIC is an odd word. Google provides two equally non-appealing choices. It is either the “Toronto and Region Islamic Congregation” or the “Tarif Intégré de la Communauté” (French: Integrated Tariff of the European Community). Since the word “Community” is being replaced by “Union” (check out this post on the EU Union Customs Code), soon this may change to TARIU. Rest assured, there are no synonyms for this one. TARIC is complex – like anything in the EU. There are many hidden secrets you may discover and there are moments you wonder what is going on. TARIC will challenge you and make your brain work, even though it is still only a database – a very complex and important database.

Read More

Topics: Import Management

The British Vote Brexit: How Will This Affect Trade?

Posted by Arne Mielken on Fri, Jun, 24 2016 @ 3:42 PM

As you have heard by now, the British public voted in favor of a Brexit, or exit, from the European Union (EU). Of the British electorate, 17.4 million (51.9%) casted their votes in favor of Brexit compared to 16.1 million (48.1%) in favor of continued membership with an overall turnout of 72.2%, which is higher than most expected. So what does this mean for the future of the UK and global trade?

Read More

Topics: Certificate Management, Foreign-Trade Zones, Trade Agreements, Global Knowledge