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The Customs Expert Group of the European Commission’s DG TAXUD on ‘Import and Export formalities’ met on 16 March 2022. The minutes of the meeting have been released on 25 April 2022. Several topics were discussed, notably the following subjects: The new guidance on the Interpretation of Article 173 of the Union Customs Code (UCC) on the amendment of the customs declarations: in this guidance, it will be reminded that the customs declaration should reflect…

Representatives of the EU and New Zealand held negotiations from 14 to 31 March 2022, discussing most areas of the future free trade agreement between the jurisdictions. According to a two-pager published by the European Commission, EU’s request to be exempt from New Zealand’s import customs fees is the only outstanding element in the text as far as the topic “Trade in goods” is concerned. Various items remain open in respect of Rules of Origin…

Baker McKenzie’s Global Compliance News Blog published “Global: 2022: International Trade Developments in a Challenging New World,” which can be viewed here.

Our EU Compliance, International Trade and Customs Groups are bringing together their considerable local knowledge and on the ground experience to deliver their third webinar series. This year’s series will cover a range of customs, export control, trade sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption topics. Our first webinar will be on Thursday 27 February 2014 on the topic of “Union Customs Code: What to expect from the draft Implementing Provisions and how to take part in…

On 13 January 2014 the European Commission issued a proposal[1] that would, as part of the changes which will be rolled out through the implementation of the Union Customs Code (“UCC”), remove the facility for the use of ‘first sale’ for export in European Union (“EU”). What is First Sale For Export? In international trade, there are often a number of successive sales before the goods’ clearance through Customs. For example, goods imported into the EU…

On 19 July 2013, Myanmar/Burma’s reinstatement in the EU’s Generalised System of Preferences (“EU GSP”) will take effect and apply retrospectively from 13 June 2012. All products ‘originating’ in Myanmar, except ammunition and arms, will benefit from full duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market.[1] Claims for refunds of duty paid on imports from 13 June 2012 will be possible in certain circumstances. Myanmar/Burma’s reinstatement comes less than three months after the EU’s decision…

On Monday, June 24, 2013 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in our Washington, DC office, please join attorneys from Baker & McKenzie offices in Germany and the US for an informative half-day, morning program, regarding developments that could affect the US defense industry doing business in Germany. Speakers will also include the Director of Taxes & Insurance from General Dynamics Land Systems. Please click here to register.Agenda 8:30 a.m. – Registration 9:00 a.m. – Introductory Remarks on Compliance (relating…

On 11 April 2013, the European Commission published long-awaited guidance on the definition of ‘goods put up in sets for retail sale’ for the purposes of tariff classification in the C-series of the Official Journal, entitled Guidelines on the classification in the Combined Nomenclature of goods put up in sets for retail sale (the “Guidelines”).(1) A draft set of guidelines had been in circulation since November 2011 as an Annex to the Summary Report of…

Our EU Compliance, International Trade and Customs Groups are bringing together their considerable local knowledge and on the ground experience to deliver their second webinar series. This year’s series will cover a range of customs, export control, trade sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption topics. All webinars will begin at 16:00 GMT on each of the dates listed below and are scheduled to run for 90 minutes. Our panel of speakers will provide a practical overview…