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Netherlands Places Mandatory AEO Requirement on Customs Agents

Posted by Arne Mielken on Tue, Jul, 11 2017 @ 1:37 PM

The EU’s Union Customs Code (UCC) provides the possibility of imposing national conditions or requirements for the status of customs representatives. Customs representatives, also known as Customs brokers, are the professionals that "clear" goods through customs barriers for importers and exporters. This involves the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation and payment of taxes, duties and excises, and facilitating communication between government authorities and importers and exporters. Custom brokers may, for example, be employed by or affiliated with freight forwarders, independent businesses, shipping lines, importers, exporters, trade authorities, and customs brokerage firms.

As of July 1, the Netherlands requires these customs representatives to meet Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) criteria, with the hopes of improving the quality of data they supply in their customs declarations.

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Topics: Entry Management, Import Customs Filing

Amber Road is “En Marche!” with French Taxes

Posted by Arne Mielken on Mon, Jun, 19 2017 @ 12:00 PM

On May 14, 2017, the French Republic elected the youngest president of its history, Emmanuel Macron, who promised to reform the country and better prepare it for 21st century challenges. This is a big deal for the global trading community and the EU because France has the world's sixth largest economy by IMF estimates and the tenth largest economy by Purchasing Power Parity figures. It is the third largest economy in Europe.

In the wake of this historic election, there is one particular French trade aspect to consider and whether it’s ripe for reform: the peculiar French indirect taxes. Sure, France may have done away with their king a while ago, but some say France is still the King of Indirect Taxes!

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Topics: Landed Cost Calculation, Duty Management

How Automation Makes Trade with India Better

Posted by Arne Mielken on Fri, Jun, 16 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Free trade agreements (FTAs) help countries export more outside their borders, gain better access to raw materials and vital components, and compete more successfully in the global marketplace. For India and European Union member states, the EU-India FTA faces a tough uphill battle. However, once that battle is overcome, the FTA will increase trade and opportunity between the two powerful regions.

India is an important sales market for Europe; with a population of 1.3 billion it is the fastest growing economy in the world and a key supplier of a wide range of goods and services for many EU partners.  Germany, ahead of India’s Prime Minister’s visit to Europe in late May, made a strong pitch for resuming negotiations for the EU-India FTA. Germany is one of many countries that India terminated its bilateral investment protection treaties (BITs) with, following the country’s release of a new BIT model in December 2015.

If the new FTA is finalized, it will help both sides boost trade, create jobs, increase economic growth, and initiate new business opportunities. Companies need to prepare for the complex compliance processes that an FTA will bring when moving goods across these borders.

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements

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.
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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.

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Topics: Duty Management, Foreign-Trade Zones, Free 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). 

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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Topics: Duty Management, Trade Agreement Identification, Free 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.

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Topics: Export Management, Export License Management, Export Compliance

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