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Customs Square news: your news update in the customs landscape!

At Customs Square, we closely follow everything that happens within the customs landscape. We are therefore happy to keep you informed of the latest news, changes in regulations and other matters that concern you when you deal with customs and excise duties within your company.

Your time is precious. That’s why with our filtered news feed, you no longer have to search the news for yourself, or consult a variety of sources.

This makes Customs Square your one-stop-shop for all your customs and excise advice.

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31.05.2021.

Transportation strategies to protect high value cargo

While every shipment requires care and attention, the stakes are much higher when the cargo in question is of high value. These types of cargo require special procedures and extra security to eliminate the risks of theft, damage, etc. False driver credential scams are the latest scourge hampering movement of high-value goods such as fine […]

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17.04.2021.

The EU bans plastic waste exports to non-OECD nations

As of January 2021, the EU has banned the export of unsorted plastic waste to countries outside the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The official announcement from the European Union (EU) explains that under the new rules, there will also be stricter conditions for exporting clean, non-hazardous waste to non-OECD nations. Exports from […]

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08.03.2021.

March 2021: EU and U.S. agree to suspend all tariffs linked to the Airbus and Boeing disputes

On 5 March 2021 the European Union and the United States agreed to suspend all retaliatory tariffs on EU and U.S. exports imposed in the Airbus and Boeing disputes for a four-month period. The suspension allows both sides to focus on resolving this long-running dispute. It provides an important boost to EU exporters, since the […]

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25.01.2021.

United States and United Kingdom conclude Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA)

On 16 December 2020 the United States and the United Kingdom concluded a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) to further enhance bilateral efforts to secure and facilitate lawful trade. CMAAs are bilateral agreements between countries that are enforced by their respective customs administrations. The agreements provide the legal framework for the exchange of information and […]

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22.01.2021.

U.S. and UK conclude arrangement to strengthen end-to-end supply chain security

On 21 January 2021 the United States and the United Kingdom have concluded an arrangement to formally recognize one another’s authorized economic operator programs. Mutual recognition of the U.S. and UK authorized economic operator programs will mitigate risks, improve information sharing, and eliminate red tape for our partners in the trade community. Authorized economic operator […]

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11.01.2021.

EU to enhance preferential trade with Pan-Euro-Mediterranean countries

On 7 December 2020, a package of 21 decisions was adopted by the Council of the EU to increase trade between the European Union and neighbouring countries in the Pan-Euro-Mediterranean region. As a result of these decisions the EU and 20 trading partners in the region will update their free trade agreement by modernising the […]

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20.12.2020.

November/December 2020 – LinkedIn-posts Customs Square

18 December 2020 Customs Square welcomes new colleague Kurt Osaer Customs Square is delighted to welcome customs expert Kurt Osaer as a new team member. With more than 20 years of work experience in a customs environment (including the Federal Public Service Customs and Excise), Kurt mainly focuses on consulting clients about AEO-procedures and assisting […]

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19.12.2020.

Customs Square welcomes new colleague Kurt Osaer

| December 2020 | Customs Square is delighted to welcome customs expert Kurt Osaer as a new team member. With more than 20 years of work experience in a customs environment (including the Federal Public Service Customs and Excise), Kurt mainly focuses on consulting clients about AEO-procedures and assisting them in the execution of customs […]

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02.12.2020.

Customs Square welcomes new colleague Wim Van Meir

| December 2020 | Customs Square is delighted to welcome customs expert Wim Van Meir as a new team member. With more than 10 years of work experience in an international environment and customs agencies, Wim mainly focuses on consulting clients about customs regulations and legislative changes. His broad working experience allowed him to stay […]

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12.11.2020.

October/November 2020 – LinkedIn-posts Customs Square

6 November 2020 COVID-19: European Commission puts forward taxation and customs measures to support access to more affordable equipment, vaccines and testing kits: https://lnkd.in/dFe5D9p 4 November 2020 The European Commission has published the latest version of the Combined Nomenclature (CN), applicable as from 1 January 2021. The Combined Nomenclature forms the basis for the declaration […]

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11.11.2020.

WCO celebrates 50th session of Technical Committee on Customs Valuation

On 12 October 2020 the World Customs Organisation (WCO) organised a virtual commemorative opening to mark the 50th Session of the Technical Committee on Customs Valuation (TCCV). The year 2020 marked also the 25 years of existence of the commonly known WTO Customs Valuation Agreement, an appropriate milestone to review the history and achievements of […]

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02.11.2020.

European Commission proposes new ‘Single Window’

European Commission proposes new ‘Single Window’ to modernise and streamline customs controls, facilitate trade and improve cooperation Each year, the Custom Union facilitates the trade of more than 3,5 trillion EUR worth of goods. Efficient customs clearance and controls are essential to allow trade to flow smoothly while also protecting EU citizens, businesses and the […]

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01.11.2020.

WCO Cargo Targeting System gets upgraded

WCO Cargo Targeting System gets upgraded October 2020 The WCO has released an upgraded version of its Cargo Targeting System (WCO CTS). This enhancement has been made possible thanks to financial support provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, and assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This software […]

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01.11.2020.

Customs Square: going for growth!

In the coming weeks Evi Boonen, Klaas De Schepper, Linda Fierens, Tom Verbrugge and Kirby Van den Bosch of Customs Square are looking forward to welcome new customs experts to their team. By taking aboard these new experts, Customs Square will be able to offer an impeccable and tailor-made service to its clients, provided by […]

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01.11.2020.

Certification of origin: what are the latest trends?

In June 2020 the WCO published an update of the Comparative Study on certification of origin (previous version published in 2014) to highlight new trends both on non-preferential and preferential origin. With regard to non-preferential rules of origin, the increasing use or acceptance of electronic certificates of origin (e-CO) is an important trend to take […]

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10.10.2020.

September/October 2020 – LinkedIn-posts Customs Square

5 October 2020 The UK transition: new rules from 2021 As the UK is leaving the EU single market and Customs Union and the end of the transition period will affect citizens and businesses, the UK government has gathered all useful tips and rules from January 2021 on its website: https://lnkd.in/dcunK6U 2 October 2020 Table […]

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28.09.2020.

September 2020: European Commission adopts proposals to make EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs effective

On 8 September 2020 the European Commission published a proposal for a Council and European Parliament regulation to scrap duties on certain imports to the EU. In return, the United States will reduce its duties on certain EU exports to the U.S. market. This puts into effect the agreement announced by the EU and the […]

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17.09.2020.

Customs Square welcomes new colleague Evi Boonen

| September 2020 | Customs Square is happy to welcome Customs Expert Evi Boonen as a new team member. Evi has a background education in logistics management and customs legislation with extensive experience in customs processes. She has more than 10 years of work experience in an international environment: in the industry, consultancy and as […]

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12.09.2020.

International cooperation in customs matters between the EU and third countries

The trade of goods across the borders of the European Union customs territory cannot be properly managed only through unilateral action by the Union. The customs authorities in the Union can accomplish their missions, as defined in Article 3 UCC, only if their action in the Union is supported by cooperation with the customs authorities […]

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15.08.2020.

The INF System for Special Procedures: what’s in it for your business?

The INF System for Special Procedures (INF = Information Sheet System) is a trans-European system that ensures the administrative and standardized exchange of information between economic operators and customs authorities, and between customs authorities themselves involved during the customs procedures of inward and outward processing. Its main objective is to make all INF data available […]

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15.08.2020.

Tariff quotas in the European Union: an introduction

The objectif of tariff quotas, as approved on the basis of Article 31 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), is to permit, during the period of validity of the measure and for a limited quantity, the total (total suspension) or partial waiver (partial suspension) of the normal duties applicable to […]

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30.07.2020.

European Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries

Temporary relief prolonged until 31 October 2020 On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. On 11 March 2020 the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. As the number of infection cases increased alarmingly, numerous Member States declared a national state of […]

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23.07.2020.

EU customs seized 740 million EUR worth of fake and potentially dangerous goods in 2018

In 2018 EU customs intercepted nearly 740 million EUR worth of fake goods being imported into the EU. This increase is due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic. Detention figures for seized consignments jumped from 57.433 in 2017 to 69.354 in 2018, though the total amount of articles detained […]

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23.07.2020.

Customs Risk Management in the EU: how does the EU protect the security and safety of its citizens?

Security is and has always been a top priority for the European customs. Over the years the quantity of goods moving in and out of the EU has become so important that it has become impossible to control every shipment. It is therefore extremely important to carry out targeted controls based on risk management. The […]

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29.05.2020.

The EU Customs Union: facts & figures (2018)

The European Union Customs Union (EUCU) is a customs union which consists of all the member states of the EU, Monaco, the United Kingdom, and some dependencies of the United Kingdom which were not part of the EU.

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25.05.2020.

The Import Control System 2 (ICS2): definition, benefits and releases

The EU customs pre-arrival security and safety programme, underpinned by a large-scale information system (ICS2), is one of the main contributors towards establishing an integrated EU approach to reinforce customs risk management under the common risk management framework (CRMF).

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20.05.2020.

The new 2022 Edition of the Harmonized System: what major changes to take into account?

HS 2022, which is the seventh edition of the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature used for the uniform classification of goods traded internationally all over the world, has been accepted by the all Contracting Parties to the Harmonized System Convention. It shall come into force on 1 January 2022.

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08.05.2020.

Negotations on a UK-US Free Trade Agreement: laying the groundwork for a potential future free trade agreement post-Brexit

On May 5, 2020 the UK and US governments kicked off a first round of negotiations on a UK-US Free Trade Agreement.

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06.05.2020.

Dual-use trade: review of the EU export control system

Dual use goods are products and technologies normally used for civilian purposes but which may have military applications.

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04.05.2020.

WCO publishes guidelines how to establish and utilize essential goods during a disaster

In the light of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of countries designated priority lanes and introduced facilitative measures with regard to the cross-border movement of essential goods.

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30.04.2020.

EU and Mexico conclude negotiations for a new trade agreement

On 28 April 2020 the European Union and Mexico finalized their negotiations on a new trade agreement. Under this agreement, practically all trade in goods between the EU and Mexico will be duty free.

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28.04.2020.

Brexit: what trade agreements with non-EU countries has the UK signed so far?

Following Brexit, the UK is free to strike new trade deals for selling goods and services around the world. The government is also continuing negotiations for a new trade agreement with the European Union (EU). What trade agreements with non-EU countries has the UK signed so far?

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