CILT - Customs & International Trade Compliance


Customs & International Trade

  • Changes to Customs rules post BREXIT

Welcome to Customs & International Trade Compliance Forum

Chairman: Susan Morley MBA DMS FCILT FIFP(grad) LGSM, Director, Morley Consulting Training Limited
Vice Chairman: Charles Barber FCILT, Director, Trade Compliance Advisory Services, Kuehne + Nagel.


  • Why should I join?
  • Help in deciding
  • Benefits of joining
  • Better understanding

Why should I join the Customs & International Trade Compliance Forum?

Every business involved in the movement of goods between different countries is exposed to international trade regulations and to the customs duties and taxes imposed on most imports and some exports. Such exposure can prove extremely costly unless it is managed and controlled through careful and timely planning. However, the measures governing international trade go far beyond basic import and export procedures and the payment of duties; they impact a wide range of commercial policies and transactions and are material to the activities of almost every function of the business.

The Union Customs Code (UCC) which governs all non-EU international goods movements came into force on 1st May 2016. This complete re-write of customs law is going to impact everyone from owner drivers to multinationals if the goods they handle come, at some point, from outside the EU. The impact is not just procedural but financial as well. ‘Pro-Active compliance’ is now required.

Customs, Revenue, Licensing and Standards Authorities around the world are moving to electronic entries, centralized processing, security assessments, risk based inspections and combined compliance audits rather than simple goods inspections at ports and airports. New business Standards such as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) take a holistic view of organisations leaving few if any departments untouched by their requirements.

2016 marks the start of a far more aggressive and targeted government approach to tax avoidance that aims to make anyone in the supply chain liable to conduct due diligence on the tax affairs of their customers and users. Where avoidance, not just evasion of tax such as VAT or import duty is found those in the supply chain could find themselves liable for the missing tax.

In addition the new rules seek to ensure that all companies involved in the international movement of goods have informed, knowledgeable and professional employees who are able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in customs procedures and the impact they have on businesses. Companies now need to look at recruitment and staff training to ensure they meet requirements.

Businesses will need to ensure that they are gaining the benefits of the new legislation and are not losing out to more informed competitors.

By joining the Customs and International Trade Compliance Forum you will be joining with members who have a keen interest in this vital area of business. After all you may have the most wonderful logistics set up, modern warehouse and superb trucks but if the goods are stuck in customs with large fines and penalties all that effort will go to waste! Don’t forget to look at the Forum LinkedIn group to find the latest information and guidance!

BREXIT has highlighted the general lack of understanding in business and the lack of skilled professionals in the customs area. For companies to make a success of BREXIT and to capitalise on the benefits it can bring, they need to taking advice about customs procedures, tariff classification, origin and the link to Free Trade Agreements. CILT and this Forum can provide invaluable insights and guidance along with direct contact with skilled, experienced industry professionals.

Answering these questions will help you decide if you should join this forum:
  • Do you understand how Trade Compliance touches every business function in a business?
  • Do you understand the impact it has on your supply chains?
  • Do you understand your company's - and your personal - legal obligations at import or export?
  • How do you currently discharge your Trade Compliance obligations - are you doing enough?
  • How much do your imports and exports cost you - are you paying what you should do?
  • Is your company organised to adequately manage all your obligations and run a Trade Compliance program?
  • Are you aware that Trade Compliance touches every single business function in an organisation?

By joining this forum you will:
  • Meet & network with Trade Compliance professionals from the private sector and government.
  • Gain insight into global Trade Compliance best practice.
  • Have access to presentations from subject matter experts, service providers, government departments and private sector experts.
  • Receive regular updates on changes in Trade Compliance.
You will gain a better understanding of:
  • How senior management is directly affected by Trade Compliance issues, and the obligations on company officers.
  • Export controls, customs issues and supply chain security - in the UK, the EU and elsewhere.
  • The commercial implications of Trade Compliance and where limited resources can be best targeted.
  • Your true cost of compliance and where you might be able to realise cost and resource efficiencies.
  • Trade Compliance risks and how best to mitigate them.
  • Requirements of Trade Compliance organisations and programs.
  • Trade Compliance exposure in commercial contracts.
  • How common logistics practises expose you to Trade Compliance risk and how to control it.

Related Useful Information and Links

Breaking News

HMRC extends customs grant funding deadline.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31st January 2021.

The scheme, first announced in September 2019, had been due to close on 31 January 2020. To date, applications have been made for around £18.5 million out of a possible £26 million – meaning there is at least £7.5 million left to claim from HMRC.

As well as supporting recruitment and improved IT capability, the money applied for so far could potentially fund nearly 15,000 training courses to help traders submit customs declarations.

CILT has two accredited professional courses each resulting in a qualification which qualifies for the free funding – the Certificate of Customs Competency and the AEO Certified Practitioner.  These courses which focus on the practical rather than the theoretical and are presented by experienced industry practitioners.  The face-to-face training offers delegates the benefit of being able to ask questions about real-life situations they have encountered and to receive immediate answers with practical solutions.

The courses have also been written with industry in mind, in that they don’t waste time and focus clearly on the who, the what and the how - getting delegates up to the required standard in less than half the time needed for equivalent on-line courses.

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Reports and Presentations

  • CILT Position Paper for Presentation to HMRC July 2017 – View it here..

  • CILT Response to Government Papers September 2017 – View it here.

  • JCCC discuss the impact of Brexit and the Union Customs Code – September 2016 – View here
  • JCCC Trade Group view of the consequences of BREXIT – View here
  • Urgent Update for AEO Applications – June 2016 – View here
  • Where do you Stand on the Management of Risk? – May 2016 – View here
  • Why Weight? – April 2016 – View here
  • Importing low-value consignments – April 2016 – View here
  • The Union Customs Code and its Implications – March 2016 – View here
  • HMRC and the Unions Customs Code – December 2015 – View here
  • Unions Customs Code and Its Impact on the International Supply Chain – August 2015 – View here
  • Customs & International Trade Compliance Forum Update June 2015 – View here
  • Customs & International Trade Compliance Forum Update February 2015 – View here
  • Report from the HMRC JCCC Customs Change Group Meeting 6th February 2015 – View the full report here
  • Full report from the UK representation of CNE concerning the CNE Annual Meeting held in Hamburg September 2014 - View here

Future Training Courses

CILT & Morley Consulting Training Limited - Certificate of Customs Competence

  • 13-17 January 2020 London
  • 24-28 February 2020 London 
  • 27 April - 1 May 2020 Birmingham
  • 13-17 July 2020 London
  • 5-9 October 2020 London
  • 30 November – 4 December 2020 London


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