What we do

Our experts go the extra mile for you. In the turbulent customs and international trade business, one minute they are navigating between unilateral trade agreements, the next they are protecting the national market. Political tensions may put pressure on bilateral agreements. Our clients have to adapt to the market changes. We will be guiding them and supporting them with proper advice.

 

 Customs & International Trade

The increasing international trade may involve clients into intricate customs legislation. Moving goods across the oceans requires good customs planning. Read more about Customs & International Trade

Excise and Consumption Tax

Excises and consumption tax are part of national legislation. The special requirements for the import, production, receipt and shipment of products need careful attention. Read more about Excise and Consumption Tax

 

Export Control

Just to wait and see what happens is not an option when it comes to export control. Strategic Goods (dual use or military goods or services) could be a threat to international security. Read more about Export Control

 

Security

Unfortunately, piracy is still something you could be faced with. As a result of the international terrorist threat, goods destined for airfreight export have to undergo additional security checks in order to prevent manipulation. Read more about security

 

Human Resources

One sails the oceans on a well-equipped ship. Customs and International Trade training courses are scarce and above all theoretical. Read more about Human Resources

What we do

Our experts go the extra mile for you. In the turbulent customs and international trade business, one minute they are navigating between unilateral trade agreements, the next they are protecting the national market. Political tensions may put pressure on bilateral agreements. Our clients have to adapt to the market changes. We will be guiding them and supporting them with proper advice.

 

 Customs & International Trade

The increasing international trade may involve clients into intricate customs legislation. Moving goods across the oceans requires good customs planning. Read more about Customs & International Trade

Excise and Consumption Tax

Excises and consumption tax are part of national legislation. The special requirements for the import, production, receipt and shipment of products need careful attention. Read more about Excise and Consumption Tax

 

Export Control

Just to wait and see what happens is not an option when it comes to export control. Strategic Goods (dual use or military goods or services) could be a threat to international security. Read more about Export Control

 

Security

Unfortunately, piracy is still something you could be faced with. As a result of the international terrorist threat, goods destined for airfreight export have to undergo additional security checks in order to prevent manipulation. Read more about security

 

Human Resources

One sails the oceans on a well-equipped ship. Customs and International Trade training courses are scarce and above all theoretical. Read more about Human Resources

Ex mero motu

Customs & International Trade


Compliance with the import and export legislation is essential in order to prevent risks. International trade is increasing, which may involve clients into intricate customs legislation. Moving goods across the oceans requires good customs planning and management of import and export legislation in order to prevent risks and the cost resulting thereof.


The Union Customs Code that became effective on 1 May 2016 comprises of regulations that must be adopted by every member state. Those states each have additional national customs regulations that supervise the organisation of the customs administration and its criminal jurisdiction. The level of customs duties has also been stipulated in the Union Customs Code.

 

Trade Facilitation's role

Our advisors are seasoned managers who have earned their stripes at a wide range of international companies. Unparalleled they are able to empathise with entrepreneurs who in their international business world, are facing changing and often complex laws and regulations. A quick-scan of the current situation will be an excellent starting point. The scan will reveal how the planned activities can be fitted into legal frameworks. The results will be converted to practical and pragmatic solutions that can be implemented relatively easy. Less is more, is our motto.

 

 

 

 

 

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Custom planning for example:
    • Custom valuation determination; 
    • Binding Tariff Information (BTI), required for product development;
    • Binding Origin Information (BOI), required for recording the origin of the goods;
    • Incorporating customs procedures into logistic processes, such as transit consignments and bonded warehouses, often in combination with software-supporting solutions;
  • Applying for customs licences and associated simplification for the purpose of economic customs regulations;
  • Scans for the purpose of establishing AEO licence application ‘readiness’;
  • Implementing AEO in the operational processes and company culture;
  • Interpreting and implementing trade agreements for prudential decisions;
  • Compliance with laws and regulations;
  • Customs-related indirect tax matters, such as VAT, anti-dumping and excise duties;
  • Export and transit of so-called strategic goods (dual-use and military goods).

 

Customs & International Trade


Compliance with the import and export legislation is essential in order to prevent risks. International trade is increasing, which may involve clients into intricate customs legislation. Moving goods across the oceans requires good customs planning and management of import and export legislation in order to prevent risks and the cost resulting thereof.


The Union Customs Code that became effective on 1 May 2016 comprises of regulations that must be adopted by every member state. Those states each have additional national customs regulations that supervise the organisation of the customs administration and its criminal jurisdiction. The level of customs duties has also been stipulated in the Union Customs Code.

 

Trade Facilitation's role

Our advisors are seasoned managers who have earned their stripes at a wide range of international companies. Unparalleled they are able to empathise with entrepreneurs who in their international business world, are facing changing and often complex laws and regulations. A quick-scan of the current situation will be an excellent starting point. The scan will reveal how the planned activities can be fitted into legal frameworks. The results will be converted to practical and pragmatic solutions that can be implemented relatively easy. Less is more, is our motto.

 

 

 

 

 

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Custom planning for example:
    • Custom valuation determination; 
    • Binding Tariff Information (BTI), required for product development;
    • Binding Origin Information (BOI), required for recording the origin of the goods;
    • Incorporating customs procedures into logistic processes, such as transit consignments and bonded warehouses, often in combination with software-supporting solutions;
  • Applying for customs licences and associated simplification for the purpose of economic customs regulations;
  • Scans for the purpose of establishing AEO licence application ‘readiness’;
  • Implementing AEO in the operational processes and company culture;
  • Interpreting and implementing trade agreements for prudential decisions;
  • Compliance with laws and regulations;
  • Customs-related indirect tax matters, such as VAT, anti-dumping and excise duties;
  • Export and transit of so-called strategic goods (dual-use and military goods).

 

Excise and Consumption Tax

Excisable goods are alcoholic beverages and products, tobacco products and mineral oils. Non-alcoholic beverages however, are so-called consumption tax goods. Excise duties may be suspended depending on which situation the goods are in (storage, transport or production). However, suspension comes with administrative obligations and requirements for the physical location.


There is no such thing as ‘excise is the same everywhere’. The excise duty has many faces and each excise product has its own specific legislation. The same applies for payment of the law enforcers. The Customs and Tax Administration is willing to make arrangements about the organisation and processing of the excise duty calculation and payment. These usually are individual arrangements based on general guidelines for complying with the excise law.


Trade Facilitation not only has the expertise to provide for your licence processes but also has the abilities to meet the administrative obligations and to implement the accompanying procedures and internal control measures. In most cases, automation of these processes is mandatory.


Our automation expertise and experience is extensive. Our expertise also includes selecting software suppliers and managing software implementations. We even have developed new software that created commercially and legally secure solutions for our clients.

Export Control


Dutch companies are highly recommended for their high-tech products. They use state-of-the-art world-class technologies in order to offer the highest quality. The logistics sector and its distribution services to the customer are available on a similar high level. One must prevent, however, that such technologies, e.g. software or purpose-made civil products, will be used or could be used for the production or distribution of weapons of mass destruction. Otherwise, they could be a threat to the security and stability in the world.


For that reason, trading in such dual-use goods or exchanging data of such goods is subject to strict regulations. This also applies, of course, for single-purpose military goods. Companies are expected to identify the dual-use component in the products they export and return, and to make sure dual-use regulations are met. For example, by means of:

 

  • Preparing an Internal Compliance Program in advance, comprising of the following parts:
    • Company objective with regard to strategic goods
    • Compliance and accountability within the company
    • Procedures and instructions
    • Archiving licences and export files

    • Periodic internal evaluation
  • Denied party screening
  • Sanction and embargo checks of countries of destination and transit

  •  

    Export control classification of goods
  • Licence application for delivery, transit or technical assistance

  •  

    Preparing end-user statements

 

Products, or parts of products, that origin from the USA or are designed in the USA, bring even more complexity. This is due to the USA’s extra-territorial legislations when it comes to export control. This poses quite a challenge for industrial companies and we can imagine that they want to consult an expert to make sure all requirements have been met. Our experience stretches to Dutch, European and American laws and regulations and we can assist and advice clearly on the implementation of that legislation.

Export Control


Dutch companies are highly recommended for their high-tech products. They use state-of-the-art world-class technologies in order to offer the highest quality. The logistics sector and its distribution services to the customer are available on a similar high level. One must prevent, however, that such technologies, e.g. software or purpose-made civil products, will be used or could be used for the production or distribution of weapons of mass destruction. Otherwise, they could be a threat to the security and stability in the world.


For that reason, trading in such dual-use goods or exchanging data of such goods is subject to strict regulations. This also applies, of course, for single-purpose military goods. Companies are expected to identify the dual-use component in the products they export and return, and to make sure dual-use regulations are met. For example, by means of:

 

  • Preparing an Internal Compliance Program in advance, comprising of the following parts:
    • Company objective with regard to strategic goods
    • Compliance and accountability within the company
    • Procedures and instructions
    • Archiving licences and export files

    • Periodic internal evaluation
  • Denied party screening
  • Sanction and embargo checks of countries of destination and transit

  •  

    Export control classification of goods
  • Licence application for delivery, transit or technical assistance

  •  

    Preparing end-user statements

 

Products, or parts of products, that origin from the USA or are designed in the USA, bring even more complexity. This is due to the USA’s extra-territorial legislations when it comes to export control. This poses quite a challenge for industrial companies and we can imagine that they want to consult an expert to make sure all requirements have been met. Our experience stretches to Dutch, European and American laws and regulations and we can assist and advice clearly on the implementation of that legislation.

Security


Well-structured chain co-operation within security programs could make your company less vulnerable to illegal activities such as those above. Chain co-operation also offers opportunities to increase reliable delivery and reduce your lead times and security cost. This can be realised by the AEO security program and will even be more successful in combination with the status Regulated Agent or Known Consignor. Trade Facilitation can identify the pro’s and con’s tailored to your business activities and targets, allowing you to realise the appropriate level of security for your company.


The European Committee has developed two programs both for the purpose of increasing the security of the international product flows:

 

Authorized Economic Operator (AEO)

AEO is the best-known of the two programs and comes with an AEO Security Licence, the requirements of which have been regulated in the new Union Customs Code and accompanying Implementing Regulations. Before 2019, the certificates that have been granted under the terms of the previous legislation will be reassessed. If approved, they will be converted into AEO-S licences.

 

Regulated Agent or Known Consignor

The Regulated Agent or Known Consignor certificates only apply for the modality airfreight in combination with export. They will be audited by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. Your company will require a security plan developed by the Safety Advisor Airfreight. We can draw up such a plan for you. We will ensure that your employees are trained and assessed yearly to perform security checks themselves. The security checks will be based on mutual safety standards and Government regulations with regard to sending air- freight and mail. In this way, the other program participants in the market will recognise your company as a reliable partner and will regard your shipments as secure.

 

Qualified Training Company

Trade Facilitation is a training institute qualified and accredited by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.

Human Resources


The customs and international trade discipline requires theoretical and academic foundation, but work experience is key.


Education and Training

Trade Facilitation has developed its own educational program which combines the theoretical background with our work experience, creating the synergy that benefits the students. The training provides various topical customs-related issues in combination with cases from our daily practice. We also provide in-house training for both personnel and management. In addition, we provide Airfreight Security courses for which we are accredited by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.

 

Recruitment

The process of taking aboard new staff always starts with recruitment. The Trade Facilitation advisors with their long-time experience have built an extensive network of both business relations and customs & trade specialists. Their experience also enables them to assess jobs on task details as well as importance.


Trade Facilitation can assist you in finding the right candidate for that specific job. In the recruitment process, we have the expertise to assess knowledge and skills.

 

Secondment management

It is not easy for HR staff to recruit temporary staff or professional staff for specific departments. We offer to manage secondment of staff for you. It will relief you and your heads of department from a lot of work.

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