Netherlands Places Mandatory AEO Requirement on Customs Agents

Posted by Arne Mielken

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

How to Fully Address the New ACE PGA Requirements

Posted by Joe Gabro

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is leveraging the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system to implement a Single Window with Partner Government Agencies (PGAs). As a result, importers must now prepare all data elements prior to the arrival of goods.  Considering 10-75 data points must be declared at the time of admission, importers must find a way to ensure that the correct information is being submitted in a timely manner.

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Topics: Import Management, Entry Management, Import Customs Filing

Moving at the Speed of Trade: Customs Filing Simplified

Posted by Ty Bordner

The world relies on commerce.  Given the current global trade environment and the ongoing shifts in trade policies around the world, customs management is as important as ever. In its 2016 Import Benchmark Report, American Shipper magazine reports that customs self-filing is a growing trend in the industry.  Tools and systems are readily available, providing the shipper with choices in how they file the required information with customs agencies.  Working with third party logistics providers may make sense for some organizations, but leveraging software to file data directly with customs provides added value to many companies.

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Import Customs Filing, Export Customs Filing