Customs Planning

Not only does The Customs People assist your business when addressing Customs and Duty or applying for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, we can also provide guidance throughout the planning process, from start to end.

Our experience in the world of VAT and Customs has shown us that 80% of businesses that approach us are unclear when it comes to these complicated regulations. With this in mind, we endeavour to assist firms throughout the whole process, as well as train and advise your team on compliancy, reliefs and other aspects of the Customs system.

The importance of planning

Customs planning is a necessity for any business involved in the international movement of goods. In what can be incredibly difficult for businesses to navigate, the measures governing international trade go far beyond basic import and export procedures and the payment of duties - they affect a wide range of commercial policies and transactions. Unless managed and controlled properly with careful and timely planning, the process can prove incredibly costly.

If your business is exposed to trade policy, you should check if you can answer the following questions with a “yes”. If not, Customs planning should be carried out to support your international trading operations.

  • Are you aware of the impact of Customs? Including product design through to the terms of delivery to your export customers?

  • Have you quantified the burden of Custom duties and compliance costs on your business, and their effect on your earnings?

  • Are you taking advantage of all available means of minimising Customs duties and compliance costs?

  • Does your organisation have a person who is especially responsible for Customs planning and compliance?

Those businesses that recognise the savings and operational benefits that Customs planning can bring will find that it allows them to concentrate more on what matters, as opposed to dedicating additional time and resourcing to troubleshooting and resolving issues.

Customs reviews

We work on the basis that any Customs review should address three main points:

  • Commodity codes

We will assist in ensuring you are using the right commodity codes for the goods you import/export.

  • Valuation

We will help in ensuring your business is compliant with all Duty and Customs tax and actively look for any opportunities to save money.

  • Reliefs

After reviewing your current system, we will make recommendations for, and assist in the implementation of any reliefs that are available to benefit cash flow and overall profits.

Get in touch

The Customs People has over 50 years’ experience in all aspects of Customs and Duty, meaning we are well placed to ensure that your business is operating as effectively as possible and is compliant with all regulations relating to this area.

Contact us today for a no obligation discussion on how we can help your company. Call 0161 82 68 926 or fill out an online enquiry form and we will be in touch.


Success Stories

  • "Company 'O' was able to increase the value of sales made to its customer within the contract price after taking advantage of End-Use relief. This meant the initial $3.5million import in a 25 year contract was VAT and duty free."

    Canadian Company 'O' -
  • "Cotton importer 'G' was at risk of losing money through the use of a wrong commodity code - this meant instead of 0% duty, 8% was applied, landing them with a bill of £80,000. Our investigations led to the assessment being waived, and the bill being cancelled."

    Cotton Importer -
  • "Company 'R' took advantage of our planning advice and structured purchases to ensure they were making the most of their options. Advice given included audit trail help, and anti-dumping duty guidance. "

    UK Company 'R' -
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Who We Help

Our clients are both importers and exporters in a wide range of areas, including textiles, heavy manufacturing and food, and we help them all to approach the customs process in the best way for their business.

Customs Services

Our services vary from in-house training to transaction advice and help planning for a HMRC visit - click here to find out more.

AEO Services

AEO accreditation is a kitemark stamp of integrity, and our expert team can help you to secure it for your business, opening up a wider world of business opportunity.