Fancy Joining Our Team?

Compliance Executive…

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Compliance Executive to join our highly experienced and passionate team.

We are looking for a self-motivated individual with excellent knowledge of customs legislation and a full understanding of supply chain procedures.

If you have the following experience, we would love to hear from you:
– Several years experience within a similar role
– A positive “can do” attitude
– Excellent communication skills
– Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point

For more information or to apply, please send a covering letter along with your CV to:  nicola.alexander@bethancc.com

Closing Date: Friday 23 October 2020

Why are HMRC Authorisations Important for Business?

The 2nd September is undoubtedly a date for your diary – from tomorrow there are 120 days until – 31 December 2020 – the end of the transitional period for the UK leaving the EU. That figure is important, because it’s the same number of days that it takes for HMRC to process applications for a Customs Comprehensive Guarantee (CCG), something which must be in place before accessing other duty suspension authorisations. This guarantee covers the potential duty liability that a business may have to suspend at the time of importation.

Why is it worth securing these approvals? Put simply, having access to an HMRC Authorisation can secure a more advantageous market position for your business. Given the imminent legislative changes for businesses which import and / or export, having these in place could help your business to avoid potential delays and additional charges as a result of legislative changes.

Holding one of these approvals demonstrates the high standards to which your business adheres in the global market. This is crucial for securing the confidence of your business partners, something that is even more important during these turbulent times.

What’s more, some HMRC Authorisations allow for the suspension of import duties, thus assisting businesses to better manage their cash flow. While certain special procedures can be applied for as a one-off, or for regular use, depending on individual business needs.

These duty suspension Authorisations include:

Authorised Consignee – An Authorised Consignee approval allows for businesses to undertake the customs process away from the border, at an Approved Premises.  This is an efficient way of moving non-Union goods across several customs territories into the UK, while avoiding border delays.

Customs Warehouse – A Customs Warehouse approval allows for businesses to import goods into a customs warehouse with the potential duties suspended.  The goods can be stored for an indefinite period of time within the Customs Warehouse.  Duties only become payable when the goods are released into free circulation.

Inward Processing – An Inward Processing approval allows for businesses to temporarily import goods for the purpose of processing, inclusive of repair, without the payment of duties/ VAT at the point of import.

Outward Processing – An Outward Processing approval allows for the temporary export of goods for processing or repair. Upon re-importation to the UK, you are then able to claim full or partial duty relief.

Authorised Use – Formally recognised as End Use, an Authorised Use approval allows businesses to import certain goods at a reduced or zero rate of duty, provided they are put to a prescribed end use within the approved time frame.

Underpinning all of the above, a business which holds AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) status is internationally recognised for their business compliance standards, in a fashion similar to a ‘kite mark’.

Should you wish to discuss any of the above HMRC Authorisations to ascertain their suitability for your business, please get in touch – we are more than happy to help.

The New UK Global Tariff and Your Business

Brexit may have been pushed out of the headlines, but that doesn’t mean there’s been any let-up in preparations for our exit from the EU.

One of those measures is HMRC’s recently published new UK Global Tariff (UKGT) regime. This Tariff will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff (EU CET) at the end of the Transition Period on 1st January 2021.

The UKGT has been tailored to the needs of the UK economy, making it easier and cheaper for businesses here to import goods from overseas. You will not only benefit from a lower tax regime, but also from reduced red tape and barriers to trade.

The UK Global Tariff will apply for any goods being imported into the UK from any country, with the exception of those that have concluded Free Trade Agreements with the UK already, provided that the products meet the relevant rules of origin and qualify for preferential duty rates.

Certain products will be completely tariff-free under the new regime, whilst others will be subject to a reduced tariff.

So what does this mean for you? What do you need to do next?

We’re almost halfway through the year, and the 1st January 2021 will be here before we know it. There are a number of proactive steps you can take to ensure your business is ready to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the new Tariff:

• Review your current commodity codes
• Prepare for a system update where your ERP system holds classification information
• Check your commodity codes still exist in the new Tariff
• Check which codes are most applicable to your products
• Review the duty rate for the goods
• Consider contractual obligations in relation to price
• Do you need to consider a BTI if your products have gone from a positive rate of duty to a potential nil rate of duty?
• Consider if your CCG is accurately positioned to reflect these changes
• Review any HMRC Authorisations held whereby the classification forms part of the approval (such as Customs Warehouse).

If you’d like to discuss these changes, and how they may affect your business, we’d be happy to have a chat. You can get in touch with us at: info@bethancc.com.

Photos by: Grant Anderson – www.grantanderson.me / @grantandersondotme

Authorised Consignor / Consignee status – the smart way to expedite cross-border transportation

With so many uncertainties still surrounding post-Brexit trading regulations, it’s good to know there are measures available to UK businesses that will streamline the cross-border transport of goods beyond 31st December this year.

One thing we do know is that regardless of the eventual outcome of the EU exit negotiations, the UK will remain a member of the Common Transit Convention (CTC) – a customs procedure that’s available to businesses, enabling them to move goods across borders or territories without paying customs import duties until they arrive at their final destination.

Not only does this deliver cash-flow benefits, it also helps transport goods across the border without delay at the point of importation into the UK, and when exporting from the UK.

Businesses which transport cargo across several borders can expedite this process even further by applying for certain customs simplifications, including authorised consignee and/or consignor status. If you’re regularly moving goods using Transit, you can apply for authorised consignor or consignee status. This will allow you to start (authorised consignor) or end (authorised consignee) transit at your own premises rather than at a customs office, saving a great deal of time and inevitably costs.

If approved, this status effectively puts the business in the place of the customs authorities as either the Office of Destination or Departure. You can apply for both authorised consignor and consignee status. You should bear in mind that in order to be eligible to apply for either or both of these authorisations, you will need to demonstrate a good standard of business practice.

With either or both of these authorisations in place, you’ll be in a position to take advantage of quicker and more efficient import and export transactions, regardless of how the cross-border trading landscape looks after 31st December this year.

If you feel your business could benefit from these authorisations, let’s have a chat. Whether it’s taking a look at your systems to ensure they achieve the required standards, or supporting you through the application process, our team of specialist customs consultants is on hand to help.

Photos by: Grant Anderson – www.grantanderson.me / @grantandersondotme

Customs specialist welcomes HMRC measures to support firms with compliance amid COVID19 disruption

A leading North-east customs specialist has welcomed measures from HMRC to support businesses during this period of economic turbulence caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, but warns that firms must maintain responsibility for meeting their compliance obligations.

Nicola Alexander, Managing Director of Bethan Customs Consultancy in Oldmeldrum, said that while HMRC are taking into account the financial impact of the pandemic, businesses must be proactive in contacting their supervising office as soon as they’re aware of any potential problems in making payments.

Support measures include the potential to delay making payment of deferred customs duties and import VAT if COVID-19 has impacted on a business’ finances and cash flow. In addition, registered importers who pay cash or an equivalent can contact HMRC to request an extension to their payment deadline.

Ms Alexander said: “While we understand that the focus for business-owners right now absolutely needs to be on looking after the health and well-being of staff and working hard to stay afloat, it is nonetheless vital that they keep on top of compliance obligations. HMRC are offering support to businesses during these turbulent times, but will still actively engage in the verification of customs activities, just by electronic means instead of visiting in person.

“Businesses need to continue complying with their customs authorisations, inclusive of the submission of Bill of Discharge reports. The terms and conditions of individual HMRC authorisations are laid out within the authorisation itself. However, if a company is no longer able to comply with a condition of the authorisation because of COVID-19, they should seek permission from their supervising office in HMRC or Border Force to temporarily vary the conditions of their authorisation.”

Ms Alexander also highlighted an important update regarding the dual running of the CHIEF and Customs Declaration Service (CDS) payment declaration systems: “HMRC have decided to extend the migration timelines and keep CHIEF open beyond December 2020. However, there are various steps that businesses must take to prepare for this (if they haven’t done so already), including ensuring that they can provide the additional mandatory data set of elements which may not be required in CHIEF.”

Finally, businesses should be mindful, she points out, that Brexit will still be going ahead regardless of the current situation, with the UK set to formally leave the EU on 31st December this year as things currently stand. “Brexit has been enshrined in law, and negotiations will still be taking place, albeit remotely. With this in mind, now is the time to be applying for authorisations such as Authorised Economic Operator, as there may not be time to complete these prior to our exit date otherwise.”

Photos by: Grant Anderson – www.grantanderson.me / @grantandersondotme

Bethan launches new website

Bethan Customs Consultancy | New Website

Bethan launches new website!

Following on from the re-brand of Bethan Customs Consultancy in November last year, we are delighted to launch our new website.
Bethan Customs Consultancy was formed in 2015 and has enjoyed continued growth. Our new website helps to reflect the diversity of our client base and will be used to keep our clients and followers up to date with the latest customs news through our blog, which we will also use to share tips and advice on importing, exporting and compliance.

We’d like to thank Limetree for their help in developing our new website.

Please browse through our pages and let us know what you think.