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Foreign Trage & Customs Services

Customs law

Globalization is more than just a buzzword for international companies.

Goods are sold worldwide and also bought internationally. This inevitably brings you into contact with the customs authorities.

Without proper customs declarations, problems can arise already at the customs clearance ("commodity stands") or later at a customs audit.

Numerous laws and regulations must be observed in order to ensure smooth and legally compliant customs clearance:
  • EU customs code
  • ATLAS procedural instructions
  • customs tariff numbers
  • customs value law
  • customs master data
  • import sales tax
and in addition, coordination with the logistics partners, customers or with the departments in your own company. 

In order to successfully compete in international competition, those who know the rules of customs law and know how to use them efficiently win and have a competitive advantage.

Preferential law

Free trade agreements offer the opportunity to save customs duties on imports of goods into the EU.

When exporting to non-EU countries, there are tariff advantages that give companies a competitive advantage in export markets. 

In order to be able to use these advantages, one must know and correctly implement the legal requirements arising from the preferential agreements.

This includes the determination of the preferential origin of the goods and the issuing of corresponding preferential documents, as well as the form EUR1 or the declaration of origin on the invoice.

The applicable customs tariff number of the goods is a prerequisite for determining the correct list condition for origin determination.

For materials or goods sold in the EU, it is also necessary to control the management of supplier declarations.

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Export control

The international security situation and political constraints result in restrictions on the free movement of goods, which are monitored as part of export control.

Businesses, even if they are not active in the armaments sector or other "critical" sectors, must deal with the following issues: products and services subject to authorization, embargoed countries, economic operators listed in sanction lists.

 For international companies u.a. following questions: 
  • Are these areas of law established in your company?
  • Who identifies dual-use goods and uses the correct codes for customs declarations?
  • Are your working procedures current and up-to-date?
  • Are they known in the company and are the processes being lived?
New business models, company acquisitions, digitization and increasing competition are changing the processes in the company and must also be designed from the point of view of export control.

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organisational customs clearance

Do you need support with your customs processes? We can support you in bulding up following setup:

  • organisational advice customs with the professional background of our team.
    Topics: e.g. tariff classification, customs value, authorizations authorized exporter or authorized exporter, simplified customs procedure, customs warehouse, active or outward processing
  • create work and organisation instructions that are tailored to your business processes and are practical to use.
  • preparation and accompaniment of customs audits.
  • consultancy in the inhouse process design for the cooperation with customs service providers (tenders, implementation, coordination) freight forwarders, courier service providers, customs software providers or consulting firms from the logistics, tax consulting companies or law firms.

authorised economic operator (AEO)

Increasing globalization and the changing of the international security situation have prompted the World Customs Organization (WCO) to create a global framework for modern effective risk management in customs administrations with a "Framework for Standard and Secure and Facilitate Global Trade" (SAFE).
An Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) has a special status: he is considered to be particularly reliable and trustworthy and can benefit from special customs clearance privileges.

Licensing requirements
An Authorized Economic Operator is entitled, subject to the type of authorization, to benefit from numerous benefits in the field of security-related customs controls and simplifications in accordance with customs legislation.

Our support
We support you with the application and for keeping your status (monitoring). The goal of certification should also include improving your operational customs processes. This is not the focus of the Federal Customs Administration. We include this aspect and check your processes for potential weaknesses. This gives you the opportunity to implement improvements without time pressure.

customs check

With a customs check, you recognize weaknesses and optimization potential in your customs processes. 

We do check your logistics processes and optimize your customs activities. 

Together with you, we wilI analyze all customs procedures and take into account the interaction in your company and with customs service providers. 

Through interviews, customs clearance checks (random samples or with IT support), we gain an overview and derive possible measures from this. 

The results and implementation proposals are documented and presented in a report. We offer optional support for the implementation of individual measures.

customs compliance

Recognize and assess your risks in the customs area with us before the Customs Administration initiates this in criminal or fine proceedings: 

  • Design advice on structures of customs departments in your company (structure and process organization)
  • Implementation of customs processes and internal control systems (risk management & compliance)
The interaction of customs processes in a company is complex and for many affected departments such as purchasing, sales or logistics a little noticed marginal issue. Only when "difficulties" arise, one tries to find solutions in individual cases. Countless meetings are only a negative result.

By introducing Risk Management & Compliance measures you bring long-term transparency and security into your business processes.

individual trainings & workshops

For your specific needs customized trainings in customs law (tariff classification, AEO, customs value, customs procedure), export control and preferential law.

Depending on the target group, such as:
  • management
  • sales
  • purchasing or
  • customs departments
The content, time and location of the training measures are determined in consultation with you: Online webinars are also possible.

Of course, you will also receive a confirmation of participation confirming your personal customs knowledge and serving as the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status as a training certificate to the Customs Administration.

coaching for career changers & managers

You are responsible for "customs" in your company and need individual support in coping with the flood of information?
We help you to build up your knowledge in a practical and needs-based manner, exactly for the area you need. 

  • Where did you acquire your customs knowledge?
  • Are you also a career changer and endeavor to keep up to date with seminars, magazines and laws?
The flood of laws, regulations and constant changes, in addition to the usual daily business is difficult to cope with.

We agree the timing in a flexible way: by phone, by e-mail or even on site.