Controlled goods: export from 1st January 2021

by Mike Court, International Trade Compliance Specialist Changes to documentation, licences and exemptions for controlled goods are due to take place following the Brexit transition period. The UK Government maintains that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit is still very much on course and so the deadline remains 1st January 2021. …

AEO Certification, the “first line of defence” in customs compliance activity

Guest article by Marius Gaiță Customs Operations &Compliance Manager – EUROCCOPER, Founding Member – AEO FORUM The term “customs compliance” is used in various official documents drafted by some of the most important international institutions, such as: The World Customs Organization, or the World Trade Organization. In spite of this, a precise definition of the term is currently …

EU: Conflict Minerals agreement reached but exemptions are added

The European Union has taken a positive, step towards cleaning up Europe’s trade in minerals. The new agreement on so-called ‘conflict minerals’; minerals that are mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses, notably in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These minerals are known as the 3 …