Customs Procedures and Compliance in International Trade


Member Price:  
1 day
Non-Member Price:  
Lunch Provided:  

DATE:   17.09.2019

LOCATION:   Albion House

TIME:   9:30

Course Overview

International trade is the exchange of goods and services between countries, irrespective of whether or not border controls exist. In today’s economic climate, many companies are involved in both the import and export of components and finished products and therefore subject to the scrutiny of HMRC and adherence to customs regulations in one form or another.

Is your company customs compliant? All too often, companies are unaware of the array of customs notices and procedures that apply to their business transactions. 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 – whether this be demurrage charges at port, civil penalties or the repayment of understated duties.

This is an interactive course with group discussion and practical exercises, giving delegates an overview of the role of HMRC and customs procedures and how these relate to imports and exports.


By the end of the day, delegates will have a comprehensive overview of:

  • the legal framework that governs customs procedures in international trade
  • where to find the relevant customs notices and information
  • the customs clearance process
  • the types of suspension regimes that may currently be available
  • how to calculate the ‘landed’ price of goods (VAT, duties, taxes et al)
  • how to avoid common errors which can quickly delay shipments and erode profit margins
  • record-keeping and reporting requirements to ensure customs compliance

Structure of the Day

9.30am Introductions and Icebreaker exercise

  • The role and reach of HMRC
  • Overview of customs regulations
  • Where in the world is your customer/supplier – and why is this important?
  • The importance of the sales/order process
  • Commodity Codes – application and misconceptions

11.00am Coffee break

11.15am Licences and Controls

  • Trade Agreements
  • Proof of Origin
  • Export Documentation
  • Import and Export declarations/customs clearance

12.45pm Lunch

1.15pm Calculation of taxes and duties

  • The VAT position
  • Intrastat and the EC Sales List
  • Union Customs Code and Special Procedures

2.45pm Coffee break

3.00pm Authorised Economic Operator Status

  • Proof of Export and Record Keeping
  • Customs Audit

4.30pm Close


Workbook including summary notes of key topics and worksheets

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.