Why choose us?
We are truly satisfied only if you say we have successfully completed the contract. Implementing integral business solutions will always be our goal.
That is why we offer projects tailored to your business, for example outsourcing the complete customs process. We enable you to focus on the core business of your company.
Trade Facilitation is one of few companies in the Netherlands that have experience in public-private international trade projects. Our clients are the first to benefit from these operations.
Industrial and Consumer Electronics
Defence and Aviation Industries
The relationship with many of our clients dates back from the time when our company was founded. Our references will be provided upon request.
The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee has accredited Trade Facilitation B.V. as an educational institute for training Airfreight Assistants, In-flight Supplies Assistants and Airport Supplies Assistants. It entails that we are authorised to give those training courses and the refreshment courses as well.
The energy sector is characterised by its diversity of energy forms. Each particular form has its own customs regulations. The energy sector has the ambition to innovate on durability and to respond to the growing need for energy. The energy sources each have their own customs law complexity which varies from one product to another. In addition to customs duties, excise duties or even anti-dumping duties may apply. Even the choice of supplier can affect the kind of advice we will give our clients.
Other elements that influence our advice are the handling or processing of goods and whether this takes place inside or outside the European Union. Blending of mineral oils within the processing framework, the usual forms of handling or the pool administration can be very advantageous but may also result in imposing additional duties. There is no such thing as customary law in customs legislation. In conclusion: those activities must be seen in their customs perspective and must always be substantiated with customs authorisation, procedures, opinion articles and legislation.
The Trade Facilitation consultants have been operating in this sector for many years. Our services include, for example, the application process of customs and excise licenses, supervising customs audits, advising on Duty Management Systems, testing such systems in combination with the operational ERP and terminal systems, establishing procedures that fit in with operations and are in compliance with the existing quality system and its accompanying standards, personnel recruitment, education and training, interim management and also strategic and operational management advice.
We are the energy sector’s number-one customs and international trade specialist in the Netherlands.
Nowadays, automation is an essential part of our lives and that of business as well. The operational processes are increasingly taken over by robots. Administration will in the future be processed by means of block-chain technology.
Customs processes have largely been computerized in the Periodic Customs Declaration (GPA). The Duty Management System, whether or not connected to the business software applications, is the heartbeat of enterprises that are professionally managing customs clearance.
The companies working in the sectors we mention on these pages all have to deal with some level of automation. The Trade Facilitation consultants add value when enterprises seek professional advice on the implementation of new DMS software or need existing GPA output to be audited as a result of structural errors in reports. In the first case, we invite a selective group of software suppliers to submit an offer on the basic design of the future situation. We then perform an impartial comparative study, in search of the best functional match and in agreement with the client. In the second case, we analyse the GPA-output and unravel the cause of the problems, which we then correct. Another option is that we investigate the risks of automation within the selected architecture.
We are keen on taking control at implementing automation projects or correcting existing systems. We can safely say it has become one of our core competences. We draft a project plan and create a complete planning based on milestones, with a timetable, resources and budget. We will ensure continuity through frequent project meetings with key project members and also with the steering group that will be established. This approach allows for timely escalation within the client’s organisation, which in most cases prevents unexpected problems.
Industrial and Consumer Electronics
Especially electronics companies are in the business of fast market launches. They must keep ahead of their competitors and win market shares. This situation does not make it easy to identify and map all customs details before goods even cross European borders.
A good example is establishing the correct customs valuation. In addition, the goods must be classified in the Harmonised Customs Nomenclature of the World Trade Organization(WTO). This can be quite a challenge given the multifunctional features of today’s electronics. Short-notice certainty is exceptional, because obtaining a decision on Binding Tariff Information takes at least 6 weeks.
In this sector, customs activities are important in order to keep cost as low as possible and lead times short. Handling and communicating fast and at the same time keeping complete control of customs operations seems to be a Utopia dream for most companies. It can be achieved if you have knowledge of the people, communication and know how the IT systems work. We are most willing to identify and map the customs landscape that you will need for optimizing these business processes.
The consultants of Trade Facilitation have worked with Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Canadian, Swiss and American multinationals - often in projects - for setting up optimum customs processes and organisations. An essential part in the information supply chain is establishing the connection to other operational processes. Our interim-management and specialised competences are much in demand. We have an excellent track record and, if required, we can hand over references from leading companies.
Companies specialised in improving health care have this vision of optimising patients care. They are using technology and science for developing cutting-edge medical appliances. The products they develop and deliver have state-of-the-art techniques. The high-tech components and semi-finished products are purchased and processed all over the world.
It is a niche market that needs uniquely organised logistics in order to prevent damage to the goods, and to ensure fast delivery and proper durability conditions. This market also needs customs processes that do not obstruct fast delivery, that excludes any unnecessary import cost and that has the proper export data available. Given the high-tech product features, the export licences must be spot on. The sellers or distributors in the recipient country want to receive product quality certificates. They would also like to know the country of origin of the end products and when importing the products, they will need the preferential guarantee of origin. These certificates will facilitate correct and smooth import transactions enabling fast and secure delivery of the product. The quality of processes and organisations are essential for meeting those product and market requirements.
The consultants of Trade Facilitation have extensive and relevant experience in this niche market. They have successfully accomplished various projects. The projects we autonomously carried out, range from project management to reorganising or even divesting a medical division. A particularly essential element is consultancy on the preferential or non-preferential origin of end products. Semi-finished products are purchased all over the world and could even have been processed along the way.
Health care is a growing business. It has become an increasingly important element in our society. It goes without saying that good customs-logistic processes play a significant role in this industry.
The pharmaceutical chain of producers, suppliers, distributors and logistic service providers is bound by stipulations and legislation as adopted for this industry for the purpose of protecting public health. If importers, for example, want to import human or veterinary medicines that have not yet been registered in the European Union, they must apply for licences before they can even import or market these medicines. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will issue these licences after assessment and approval in a central procedure.
The national authorities will submit licences for the import, export, packaging and further distribution of pharmaceutical products in agreement with the proposed activities of the European Union. A distinction is made between supplies from the European Economic Area (EEA) to another member state and import from third countries. The EEA comprises of the EU member states plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The customs authorities are the controlling body and are actively involved in cross-border transactions.
The above shows multiple authorities and a variety of legislation are involved in such transactions. It is important that regulations all tie-in into a manageable process. Furthermore, it is crucial that the experts in the organisations work together in facilitating the trade requirements of pharmaceutical products.
Trade Facilitation has the appropriate expertise, competence and practical experience to identify and map your landscape of import and export formalities and implement them in your organisation.
Defence and Aviation Industries
The defence and aviation industries have an exceptional position in customs and economic legislation.
On the one hand they are subject to exemptions, for example airworthiness tariff suspensions, but on the other hand these industries face many export control measures and customs duties. The high-end technologies used in the sector’s products require licenses, for dual-use as well as military goods. If these technologies origin from the USA, you will have to comply with American extraterritorial legislation which will maintain control on such technologies and the products that result from them, no matter where the goods are.
It is quite a challenge to screen the products and transactions for current legislation if you take into account that parts for defence and aviation industries are carried all over the world for Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) or spare part supply. Preventing delays and double tax liabilities is an expert’s job.
Trade Facilitation has taken on these kinds of challenges before and we have autonomously and actively assisted companies in the defence and aviation industries in setting the right course at home and abroad.
Logistics and its science, i.e. organising, planning, managing and executing the commodity flows, date back to the Napoleonic era. Soldiers from Napoleon’s army had to be timely accommodated and provided with food and materials. It was bad luck if things hadn’t been arranged properly. It shows logistics can be of vital importance.
In recent decades, logistics have evolved tremendously. It more and more became about finding the key balance between almost incompatible goals: minimizing cost (or low capital use) and at the same time striving for maximum customer service.
In the past, Logistics Service Providers (LSP’s) concentrated on two types of logistic services at the most. Nowadays, we see a trend towards turnkey providers of services. The services include the traditional services of storage and transhipment, repackaging of goods and transport to and from the destination, consolidated if required. In addition, they include associated services, such as granting loans to clients who want to realise the optimal logistic chain.
It goes without saying that customs activities and the international regulations play a crucial part in the logistic chain. Manufacturers may produce the finest and best products and may have set up their internal logistics splendidly, but if customs activities have not been properly structured, business comes to a standstill. And life threatening or not, the LSPs cannot mitigate the consequences by saying it was bad luck. They want to prevent that their clients cannot deliver. That is why LSPs nowadays offer turnkey services, including customs management.
Trade Facilitation can assist LSPs in managing their customs processes. We can help them set up an expert department, using the appropriate licences and software tools, all in support of the customs processes and, with that, the overall logistics.