Compliance Developing Skills

Customs Export and Import Procedures - On-line

Event Information:

Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: £260.00+VAT

Non-Member Price: £370.00+VAT

Are you currently buying and/or selling goods/components from overseas markets?  Are these EU or third country transactions - do you understand the difference?  Perhaps you are new to import and export, or would like to refresh your current knowledge? 


All too often, companies are unaware of the array of customs procedures that apply to international business transactions – whether exporting or importing.  Unless staff receive adequate training, their first encounter with officialdom is often goods delayed in transit or a customs audit.  The cost of non-compliance can be high – ranging from demurrage charges at port, to civil penalties or the repayment of understated duties.  On the flipside, there may be special procedures available to help companies to manage their cashflow and processes.


Whether the government reaches a trade agreement with the EU during the transition period or we exit with no deal, you need to appreciate how your ‘arrivals’ from the EU will become imports and your ‘despatches’ will become exports.  In addition, you need to understand the customs procedures and record keeping requirements associated with imports and exports, and determine the cost, process and resource implications for your business.  This interactive training course will provide an overview of the following:




Workshop programme in detail


By the end of the day you will have an understanding of the following:

  • Key terminology
  • Key players – and their responsibilities
  • Customs clearance
  • The export process
  • Commodity codes and the UK trade tariff
  • Export controls
  • Rules of origin and preference documentation
  • The import process
  • Customs valuation
  • Duties and taxes
  • Deferment accounts and customs guarantees
  • Special customs procedures
  • Rules and record keeping


Course outcome:

Delegates will understand the customs procedures and documentation required to ensure that exports and imports are both cost effective and as frictionless as possible, whilst complying with HMRC requirements.  It will also help prepare businesses for the trade implications when the UK transition period with the EU comes to an end.


Who should attend:

This course is suitable for companies exporting and importing products to and from overseas markets (it is not relevant for service companies) – whether new to the process or simply wanting to update their knowledge. Everyone within an organisation is involved in some way, however those staff who have a greater responsibility for sales, purchasing, shipping and maintaining appropriate export/import records will benefit the most from participation.


About the Trainer

Becky Stark has been an accredited member of the Institute of Export for twenty years and runs her own business, Stark Export Focus, delivering international trade support, advice and training to companies across the UK. Becky has extensive experience of delivering training for the DIT and British Chambers of Commerce, offering accredited and independent public and in-house courses which encompass both the practical and strategic aspects of international trade. She takes great pride in her interactive delivery style, the rapport she develops with delegates and the high levels of customer satisfaction.


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