Duty on UK sales to Channel Islands

8 February 2012

We are currently changing our freight providers and have been advised by the new company that duty is applicable on goods being shipped from the mainland to the Channel Islands over the value of £250. Please could you advise us on this?

Export licensing compliance

8 February 2012

Some of our export products are subject to Export Licensing regulations. We have a good compliance record and have had regular compliance visits from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), which have not caused us a problem. We have a copy of Compliance Visits Explained, which is 21 pages of A4 and gives a thorough explanation of the way compliance visits work and what they contain. An acquaintance told me he had seen a new document from BIS called Pre-visit Questionnaire for export control compliance visits. Can you tell me what this document contains that is not in the original Compliance Visits Explained?

Changes to GSP

8 February 2012

I have heard some talk about changes in respect of GSP. Is there something that we need to look out for?

Controls on plastic kitchenware

8 February 2012

Can someone help me out with the new Plastic Declaration please? We have two shipments of melamine due to leave China and one of the suppliers is asking us to fill in a declaration. I have been onto Port Health’s website and downloaded an example declaration and the instructions on how to complete it, as our freight forwarder has advised us that we need to fill this in, but they are very vague on who actually sends the information onto Port Health as they have not yet encountered one of these. Can you clarify for me what we actually need to be doing with this? Should we register with PHILIS [Port Health Interactive Live Information System] in order to complete the declaration or should we complete it manually and then send it to the forwarder? One of our suppliers seems to think that it should be completed prior to the shipment actually leaving China, so how soon should the declaration be submitted? We are very nervous of this at the moment as the procedure is so new and the last thing we need is for the goods to be destroyed at the port.

Has TAA acronym been duplicated?

8 February 2012

We think there has been a duplication of the acronym TAA in the US trade arena. We think we are certain of one but not the other so could you please clarify?

The EU–South Korea Free Trade Agreement

9 May 2011

We understand that the EU–South Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) comes into force on 1 July 2011. We sell articles of plastic into South Korea and have been advised that under this new agreement the South Korean customs duty rate of 9% will be reduced — or maybe even become zero.

We can confirm that we manufacture the articles in the UK but how do we ensure that our customer in South Korea can claim this duty reduction? Will it come under an EUR1 form like our shipments to South Africa and Switzerland?

Sanctions against Libya

4 April 2011

Our contracts manager is asking questions about the sanctions against Libya. Can you clarify the situation please?