Workshops in Customs Procedures and Paperwork - 28 and 30 July 2020



1. Who should attend?

Company representatives responsible for completing Customs declarations/dealing with Customs agents or for supervising that work. We plan to limit participation to a maximum of 20 persons.



2. Background

The UK’s future status as a ‘third country’ in EU terms means that there will inevitably be a significant increase in the Customs obligations and form-filling required of traders. 


The UK government has said that companies trading between the UK and the EU will have to fill in an average of approximately 400 extra customs declarations a year. In total, an estimated 215 million documents will have to be completed by businesses trading with the EU, with an equivalent number filled in by companies in Europe. According to the London Times, post-Brexit border checks will cost businesses £13 billion.


The legal responsibility for the accuracy of customs declarations lies with the importer, exporter or declarant. Even if declarations are completed by a customs intermediary, it is up to the business to check that the information has been entered correctly - as it is ultimately responsible. Not every firm will wish to use a Customs agent for this work but all will need to know what's involved in the Customs process.


Businesses have struggled to obtain clarity on their precise obligations taking effect on 1 January 2021 – just over five months hence. Recent and anticipated official notices reduce doubt about certain aspects but considerable confusion remains. Our role is to summarise and interpret the implications of publications such as the UK’s new Global Tariff, the Border Operating Model, the expected unique arrangements for trade between GB and NI and the EU-UK Free Trade Agreement when (and if) it is concluded.


3. Focusing On What Companies Need To Know

Since the 2016 Referendum, Trade Advisers has worked to address the Brexit concerns of numerous firms and industry associations in the UK and Ireland – financed privately or under government support schemes.


Our Workshops in Post-Brexit Customs Procedures help to meet the now urgent needs of firms, covering Customs codes, tariff rates, changing regulations and the likely future trading framework.


4. Our Approach

Our training is highly practical, adapted to our participants' needs, tailor-made to their specific requests and delivered by specially selected faculty with years of experience of dealing with Irish Revenue and HMRC.


We set the training in the context of the UK’s imminent EU exit, with a topical briefing session on the latest stages of the EU-UK negotiations, how they might develop and the likely timetable.


5. Subjects Covered

  • Brexit Outcome, Negotiations and Timetable
  • UK Border Operating Model
  • Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol
  • UK’s future trade relations


Customs Procedures and Paperwork for Import/Export Activities - EU/Third Countries


  • Supply Chain Movements
  • Export and Import Declarations
  • Legal Obligations & Responsibilities


Guide to Classification of Goods and Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

  • The importance of using the right commodity codes
  • Tariff rates – the EU schedule and the new UK Global Tariff taking effect in January 2021.
  • Incoterms and Duty implications
  • Customs Valuation
  • BTI
  • Origin & Rules


Landbridge/Transit across the UK


Customs Compliance

  • Registrations
  • Customs Special Procedures
  • Customs Warehousing and Inward & Outward Processing
  • Comprehensive Guarantees
  • Authorised Economic Operator
  • Penalties for Duty underpayments
  • Audits
  • Customs record-keeping
  • Roles of Customs intermediaries


6. Faculty Members

Our specialist trainers with strong subject knowledge, wide experience of similar events and an engaging presentation style.

Michael Boyd is chairman and a founder of Trade Advisers. He has spent his career managing and delivering consulting and technical assistance programmes in international trade development and investment promotion throughout the world. He is currently advising companies on the Customs (tariff and non-tariff barriers), logistics, personnel and currency aspects of Brexit and working with them to produce action plans. He has been tracking the implications of the UK’s EU departure since 2016.

Tom McGrath has served Irish Customs in a variety of roles for over 40 years until his recent retirement.  His service included secondment to the European Commission in Brussels and to Europol in Geneva, specialising in investigation and audit.  He has trained Austrian, Estonian and Lithuanian officials in preparation for EU membership and was a team member in writing the EU manual for Customs auditors. 
More recently, he has advised Irish Customs on its organisational structure and departmental functions; set up trade compliance procedures for a large multinational transport and freight forwarding company; and trained Customs staff in a variety of Irish firms. He has particularly provided guidance on the Customs implications in the event of the UK’s EU departure.

Richard Bartlett is the former director of a British logistics company and a specialist in international trade, with particular roles in international markets, freight and warehousing.  He assists businesses with export market development, sales and marketing and he runs training programmes in Brexit compliance, Customs documentation and procedures and rules of origin - for individual companies, chambers of commerce and the Institute of Export and International Trade. He has particular knowledge of, and a network of contacts in, HMRC.

7. Dates and Locations

· Part One - Tuesday 28 July 2020 from 0900-1300 by Zoom.

· Part Two - Thursday 30 July 2020 from 0900-1300 by Zoom.


We will provide a Zoom invite in advance to registered participants.


We will hold further events during the remainder of 2020. We anticipate particular interest in assistance with Customs declarations. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange a tailor-made programme for you and your colleagues.


8. Fee
The fee will be £270/€295 per person, payable in advance.


9. Financial Support
Assistance to cover the training fee may be available from InterTradeIreland or HMRC (for UK-registered firms). Please ask us for more information.





10. How to Apply and Obtain More Information

Please apply to Michael Boyd.


Ireland Phone: +353 (87) 620 9161                         UK Phone: +44 (0) 7866 687043 

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