S&H LLP work alongside HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Department for Business, Innovations & Skills (BIS) and law firms see a number of businesses already in trouble in some area of international trade regulations. There appears to be two main reasons - they weren't aware of the law and/or the person who used to do it left.
We can help put Corrective Action Plans in place if you have been found wanting in a particular area of international trade compliance BUT we would prefer to be called in BEFORE you are in trouble. (Too late? See below) It only takes a little slip for a COMPLIANT company to end up with a COMPLAINT, let us help by doing a pre-Customs or pre-BIS audit. We will issue a detailed report on your current level of compliance in the areas you have asked us to review and then, if required, we can work together or give you guidance on a Correction Action Plan. We have template approved "procedure" guidelines in all areas of customs and export control compliance which are provided for guidance in creating your own quality procedures.
We are skilled in putting the pieces of compliance together and writing quality procedures which use your current processes to enhance compliance. We can either work alongside a project manager from your company or provide you with a project manager who will ensure larger compliance projects keep to agreed timescales.
We often work on 12 months agreements, with most of the key work done within the first 2-4 months of the agreement, the additional months are so that S&H LLP team can be in the background to assist with telephone and email helpline support and re-audit towards the end of the project to ensure things are working. Contact us for more information, visit the COMPLIANCE section of our website or see more information at:
Are you a business already in a situation where you need assistance in sorting out areas of the business being checked by either HMRC or BIS? Strong & Herd LLP can help you mitigate fines, put together a Corrective Action Plan (CAP), write procedures and build up internal knowledge in areas such as dual-use goods and military export licensing controls, end-use and end-user issues with regard to non-proliferation, USA re-export and export controls under EAR and ITAR and all areas Customs Compliance, eg tariff classification, valuation, evidence of export for VAT, origin and preference, etc
We work alongside law firms to ensure you get the best advice and employing us in your Corrective Action Planning shows the authorities that you are taking the situation seriously, doing your very best to tighten up internal controls and become a best practice business. We act under Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) or confidentiality agreements.
Do you need to complete an application form for HMRC or UK BIS and not sure how to go about completing the form or finding the supporting information. We can help - either as part of the Business Support Partnership or OneCall Service or as a one-off payment we will either help you fill the form in or do the work for you. Here are a few of the forms we can assist in completing:
Customs Related Forms
Need to bring a team of people up to speed in customs and/or export control issues - call in our Capacity Building experts. We will help you put together a Compliance Action Plan - starting with a Risk Assessment - and then design specific sessions for the team to ensure the knowledge is there, help write internal procedures, flow diagrams, checklists, etc, set up a training register and stay in the background to support your now skilled staff in their day-to-day work.
We also aim to increase the professional qualifications of the team involved either through formal education or certified training. This can include an annual external audit by our top customs and export control auditors.