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Import Practice and Procedures

Updated Full-day course  |  6 CPD hours

£ 329 +VAT per person

£329 +VAT
per person

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Import Practice and Procedures

Full-day course

Course prices:

Classroom: £329 +VAT per person

Course overview

This course offers those involved in importing a comprehensive understanding of this complex subject. It examines the essentials of importing and considers more advanced issues – helping you understand the customs processes, documentation, costs and risks involved and the impact they have upon your business.

This course will provide useful tips for supplier management and will provide an insight into tariff codes, rules of origin, import documentation, supply chain costs and risks, customs duties, taxes and reliefs and facilitate compliance with UK/EU legislation and HMRC requirements.

It will exploring the possible implications of Brexit and highlight recent changes due to the inception of Union Customs Code.

Course content

This course is a complete guide and explains everything you need to know about:

  • Supplier management
  • Purchase orders
  • Freight forwarder selection 
  • The Tariff
  • Commodity codes
  • Origin rules
  • Incoterms 2010® (Soon to be replaced by Incoterms 2020®)
  • Limits of liability and cargo marine insurance
  • Customs documentation
  • Duty relief schemes
  • Customs Procedure Codes (CPCs)
  • Changes introduced under the Union Customs Code
  • Possible future Customs procedural changes as a result of Brexit
  • The Authorised Economic Operator concept

Who should attend?

Whether you are involved in procurement, import administration, finance, shipping administration, sourcing or customer services, you will benefit greatly from attending this course.

What will you learn?

  • Background to international trade and the current global situation
  • The “fundamentals” of importing
  • What is the difference between intra-EU trade and trade with non-EU countries?
  • How might Brexit affect your business should the UK leave the European Single Market and EU Customs Union?
  • Import Supply Chain and logistics
  • The role of freight forwarders and clearing agents
  • Procurement issues and supplier management
  • What are Incoterms and why are they important?
  • The importance of documentation and the audit trail
  • The HMRC Integrated Tariff
  • Customs Compliance regimes – Authorised Economic Operator
  • The critical importance of the tariff code
  • The origin of goods and its implications
  • Valuation of goods for import
  • Duty and tax calculation
  • Import procedures and declarations
  • The financial impact of choosing the correct Customs Procedure Code (CPC)
  • Deferment accounts and customs planning
  • The Union Customs Code (UCC)
  • Customs “simplifications” and guarantees
  • Temporary admission / IPR / OPR / OSR / End Use / Customs warehousing

Extra benefits

  • A course pack containing the information presented on the day
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Complimentary refreshments and lunch provided

Course presenters

  • Steve Hudson

    Steve Hudson MIEx is an experienced International Trade and Logistics professional with over 30 years of experience. He has been involved in importing and exporting both operationally and also as an international trade consultant. He now provides advice and support to clients on Customs related issues. Steve has spoken widely on Customs and  is a committee member of the Automated Customs and International Trade Association (ACITA).

    Before becoming an International Trade Consultant, Steve was the International Trade Manager at GE Healthcare and he successfully helped them achieve AEO status in the UK and in several other countries in Europe.

  • Helen Lilley

    Helen has worked for 25 years in International Trade, primarily as a Freight Forwarder in both sales and operational roles, delivering global supply chain solutions. She has delivered training for 15 years to freight forwarders and importers and exporters on numerous subjects, from Supply Chain Management to Incoterms and Customs Processes.

    Helen is a fully qualified trainer offering a variety of International Trade courses and is an approved Certified Instructor on behalf of the Department for Transport & Civil Aviation Authority to deliver Air Cargo Security Training in accordance with the National Aviation Security Policy.

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