We have a bank of over 200 planning ideas and common mistakes to uncover threats and opportunities for your business.

At Barbourne Brook, we guide our clients through a roadmap of finding out where customs planning issues may arise with Customs Landscape; assist you with corrective action and implementing robust and effective processes and procedures with Customs Support; and our innovative digital solution, Customs Analytics, analyses your unique customs profile against KPIs and produces actionable reports for various purposes unlocking the opportunity to reduce ongoing customs duty costs, manage potential risk factors and streamline processes to name a but a few. 

A robust customs planning strategy improves gross profit margins and working capital through cash-flow savings.  Once in place, these savings can simply roll-on year after year, often with no additional work.

Here are a few customs planning initiatives we commonly undertake:

Inward Processing

Get relief from customs duty and import VAT

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Customs Warehousing

Safely store goods with us to delay or avoid duties

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AEO

Demonstrate efficient and compliant customs controls and procedures

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Customs Planning

Save money with effective customs planning

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Customs Compliance

Avoid errors and make sure you stay up to date with the latest in best practise.

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“You don’t need to know everything about customs duties, but it’s good to know someone who does”

Inward Processing

Inward Processing a classic customs duty relief scheme that helps your business improve profit margins and competitiveness on:

  • Goods sold for export outside the UK
  • Imports used to make intermediary or finished goods where these processed items would attract lower duty rates than the imported goods (known as tariff inversion)
  • Goods imported and sold to certain key industries such as aerospace, offshore oil, pharmaceutical etc.

Processing can be anything from usual forms of handling (packaging, inspection etc.) to complex manufacturing. The benefits include:

  • Ongoing customs duty savings
  • Cashflow savings
  • Retrospective reclaims
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Inward Processing is critically important for toll manufacturers in light of HMRC’s restriction on recovery of import VAT for businesses that do not own the imported goods. Barbourne Brook can add value to your business by:

  • Optimising the configuration of your Inward Processing regime to maximise savings and minimise ongoing administration.
  • Speed up implementation through using our tried and tested approach and tools rather than you reinventing the wheel
  • Save you money by avoiding bear-traps that sap your time, energy and resources
  • Recovering customs duties paid in the last 12 months
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Customs Warehousing

Customs warehousing is like implementing a free port at your premises and delaying or removing the need to pay customs duties. Goods can be held in your warehouses for as long as you like and, once authorised, the regime can be used for many years.

The benefits include:

  • Absolute customs duty cost savings on goods imported and subsequently exported outside of the UK.
  • Cashflow savings on goods that are released to the UK market.
  • Streamlining customs declaration processes to reduce declaration costs, improve control and provide enhanced management information.
  • Putting kits or sets for retail sale together where these kits or sets attract lower rates of duty than your imports (tariff inversion)
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Barbourne Brook can add value to your business by:

  • Optimising the configuration of your facility to maximise savings and minimise ongoing administration.
  • Speed up implementation through using our tried and tested approach and tools rather than you reinventing the wheel
  • Save you money by avoiding bear-traps that sap your time, energy and resources
  • Plug you in to the most appropriate software solutions and customs service providers
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AEO

Most businesses engage third party customs brokers to submit customs declarations, but remain solely liable for the accuracy of these declarations and any customs duties and import VAT.  Errors can lead to collection of underpaid customs duties, financial penalties, loss of customs facilitative regimes and relief schemes, leading to higher ongoing costs, poor compliance history and reputation, leading to further audits and delays at port and Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) penalties for businesses with turnovers over £200m.

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Our customs trade compliance services team work with clients to implement and maintain best practice by mapping current process, carrying out a gap analysis, implementing necessary procedures and controls and supporting the maintenance of these when businesses or customs changes occur. Ongoing support can be provided with Customs Analytics, periodic update reviews and ad-hoc advisory service.  Best practice projects can be extended to include applying for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, onboarding new businesses and expanding into new territories.

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Customs Planning

The customs regulations provide a significant number of specific options to reduce ongoing customs duty costs.

This improves:

  • Gross profit margins
  • Working capital through cash-flow savings

Once in place, these savings can simply roll-on year after year, often with no additional work. 

We have developed a database of over 170 customs planning savings ideas, gathering these from customs regulations, case law, customs internal guidance, previous successful experience etc. These ideas focus on the core elements that determine customs duty costs including classifications, origin rules and the use of Free Trade Agreements, customs valuation and the application and maximisation of customs duty relief arrangements.

Barbourne Brook works with clients to

  • Review business operations and identify any opportunities
  • Obtain specific agreements with customs to take advantage of these options
  • Implement processes to ensure any additional compliance obligations are met and
  • Carrying out ongoing checks to ensure ongoing compliance
Customs Planning
Customs Planning

Why is Customs Planning Important?

Customs Planning is a must for businesses that are engaged in the movement of goods internationally. This can prove difficult for many companies to fulfil, the procedures that are implicated in international trade go further than primary import and export processes and the payment of customs duties. The procedures impact a whole range of commercial policies and transactions. Without controlled management and well-timed planning, the procedure can become very expensive.

Businesses that properly plan and recognise the savings and advantages that our planning services can produce, will enable them to partake in the work that matters and reduce time on troubleshooting issues that can arise due to customs legislations.

Our fees are often contingent and paid out of savings realised through planning, which takes away the ROI risk for our clients.

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Customs Compliance

Customs compliance is subject to audit-based controls with import transactions remaining open for a minimum of three years. Errors can lead to:

  • Collection of underpaid customs duties
  • Financial penalties on the business
  • Loss of customs facilitative regimes and relief schemes, leading to higher ongoing costs
  • Poor compliance history and reputation, leading to further audits and delays at the port
  • Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) penalties for businesses with turnovers over £200m

Our customs trade compliance services team work with clients to implement and maintain best practice by mapping the current process, carrying out a gap analysis, implementing necessary procedures and controls and supporting the maintenance of these when businesses or customs changes occur. Implementation can include draft written procedures, checklists and training. Ongoing support can be provided with our customs analytical tool (CAT), periodic update reviews and ad-hoc advisory service.

We also work with clients to carry out a periodic review of the underlying customs master data elements to minimise the risk of Garbage in Garbage Out (GIGO).

Customs Compliance
Customs Compliance

How Can Our Compliance Services Help your Business?

Here at Barbourne Brook, we have years of customs compliance experience, giving our clients the very best trade and customs compliance advice. Our customs and trade compliance specialists know the systems involved with the movement of goods, enabling us to ensure that the shipments are in line with the requirements of HMRC.

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