The High Price Of Broker Errors In Customs Declarations

Analysis of over 600,000 customs declarations* has revealed that 34 per cent of entries contain errors by brokers, potentially costing UK businesses thousands of pounds in…


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Winning The Battle But Losing The War – Laurence Supply Co Vs HMRC

Import businesses should take heed of the outcome of a recent tribunal where an importer won the case but still ended up paying over 99% of the £600,000 duty charge because they…


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New Customs Regulations Expose Exporters To HMRC Checks And Penalties

A new statutory instrument that comes into effect on 13 March 2023 will make exporters accountable for notifying their overseas customers if they become aware of any material…


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Complex Customs Classification Systems Leaves Toy Importer Out Of Pocket

A recent tribunal between HMRC and an importer of licenced dolls and figures, including Child’s Play villain ‘Chucky’ and Walking Dead characters ‘The Hulk’ and ‘Captain America’,…


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Opportunities And Threats When Starting A New In-House Customs Role

Taking on a new in-house customs role can be an exciting career step. Experienced customs professionals can make a significant difference to their new employer, cutting costs,…


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Customs Law Update – December 2023

Welcome to the first edition of our new Customs Law Update. It aims to provide customs professionals with a succinct summary of changes in the industry which may affect import…


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Important Announcement Regarding Crackdown On Russian Sanctions

The government has this week announced that a new unit has been created to strengthen enforcements and clamp down on companies evading Russian sanctions. The new Office of Trade…


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€66 Million Fine in EU E-Bike Case is Warning to UK Import Businesses

Two EU Importers face legal proceedings which could potentially result in fines of up to €66 million and up to 5 years in prison, following a recent indictment at the Court of…


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Shoe Retailer Foots ‘Excessive’ HMRC Penalty After Admin Errors

In this article, customs consultant Monica Ryder, Barbourne Brook, highlights the lessons to be learned from a recent court appeal by Chelsea shoe retailer, French Sole against…


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Jeweller Faces £1.4 Million HMRC Duty And Tax Demand As Appeal Fails

Barbourne Brook has advised import businesses to see the recent £1.4m HMRC demand issued to Fatima Jewellers Limited as a warning and to take action to review and verify the…


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