27th April 2012

1.  Change to Singapore Export Declarations: 2. Extension of NCTS to Croatia and Turkey: 3. Malaysia- Australia FTA:  4. Yemen to begin final negotiations for WTO accession:  5. Clampdown on UK sale of CONTROLLED goods to Argentina: 6. Changes to Simplified IPR: 7. Revised Customs Notices


1.         Change to Singapore Export Declarations: Singapore Customs has issued a circular and a media release on the Implementation of Advance Export Declaration (AED) for all exports starting April 1, 2013. The administrative exemption (IE Notice No. 2/76) that allows for declarations of non-controlled goods and non-dutiable goods by air and sea to be submitted within three days of export will be rescinded. Beginning April 1, 2013, declarations for all exports must be submitted prior to export.   To allow the industry sufficient lead time to complete the necessary changes to their work processes, Singapore Customs has also announced that there will be an 18-month adjustment period from April 1, 2013, to September 31, 2014. During this time, SC will not generally penalize traders for noncompliance with AED requirements, but all other customs offenses and penalties will remain in effect.


2.         Extension of NCTS to Croatia and Turkey: The NCTS (New Computer Transit System) procedure is an electronic tracking and tracing system introduced in 2005 to provide Common Transit control on the movement of goods between the 27 EU Member States and the EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland).  The rules are effectively identical to those of Community transit which covers goods coming under Customs control (ie T1 Goods, transfer between customs regimes (IPR/Warehouse) within the EU.  The EU Council has agreed on the decision taken by the European Union on the issuing of an invitation to Croatia and Turkey to accede to the two Conventions that cover this activity (Common Transit Procedure and the Convention on the Simplification of Formalities in Trade of Goods both signed of 20 May 1987).  This means the way is open for both Croatia and Turkey to join the NCTS simplification for moving freight from 1st July 2012.  Remember, Croatia is due to become a full member of the EU on 1st July 2013.


3.         Malaysia- Australia FTA: Malaysia and Australia trade ministers, on 26th April 2012, reaffirmed a joint commitment made by Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Julia Gillard to conclude a free trade agreement (MAFTA) in two months.  Yesterday, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed told reporters, "we hope to complete the FTA talks with Australia and sign it in May."  Both Ministers are confident Malaysia-Australia FTA will elevate the bilateral trade and investment relations to a new level, and build further on the achievements of the Asean-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).


4.         Yemen to begin final negotiations for WTO accession:  Yemen began the final round of negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, for the accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 27th April 2012.  Minister of Industry and Trade Saad al-Din bin Talib said that it is expected negotiations with several parties will continue until mid-May. He said that the Yemeni delegation would hold bilateral talks with the Ukrainian side on some detailed aspects of Yemen's accession to the WTO, stressing that Yemen has fulfilled most of the conditions to join the organization.  He said that he would talks in Geneva with heads of some international organizations that endorsed the extension of their aid to Yemen as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


5.         Clampdown on UK sale of CONTROLLED goods to Argentina: Britain announced a clampdown Thursday 16th April 2012 on the sale of goods to Argentina's armed forces following an escalation in the row over the disputed Falkland Islands.  Business Secretary Vince Cable told parliament in a written statement that, with immediate effect, no export licences would be granted for sales of military goods or items that have a dual civilian-military purpose. The minister explained the move was in response to Argentina's recent economic targetting of the archipelago.  "The government has reviewed this (export control) policy in the light of recent actions by the Argentine government aimed at harming the economic interests of the Falkland islanders," said Cable.  "We are determined to ensure no British licensable exports or trade have the potential to be used by Argentina to impose an economic blockade on the Falkland islanders or inhibit their legitimate rights to develop their own economy.   "In future no licences shall be granted for any military or dual-use goods and technology being supplied to military armed users in Argentina, except in exceptional circumstances."


6.         Changes to Simplified IPR: Customs Notice 221A covering IPR under simplified (at the time of import) approvals has been amended. This does not affect anyone with a specific IPR authorisation approval obtained on Form C&E810. The significant changes are:

1. extensions beyond 6 months will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

2. some goods cannot be entered under Simplfiied IPR, they are Chapter 93 of the Tariff - Arms and ammunition parts and accessories and Chapter 97 of the Tariff - Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques, this is mainly because the items in these Chapters may require licence.

3. Finally goods with a valuation in excess of GBP500,000 can only be entered to IPR under a specific/local authorisation.


7. Revised Customs Notices:

The following Customs Notices have been revised and updated:

  • Notice 112 Attendance and charges by HM Revenue & Customs
  • Notice 112A Attendance at private premises by HM Revenue & Customs
  • Notice 199: Imported Goods: Customs procedures and Customs debt
  • Notice 221A: Inward Processing Relief (IPR) Simplified Procedures
  • Notice 266 Rejected imports: repayment or remission of duty and VAT
  • Notice 275: Export Procedures
  • VAT Notice 700 The VAT Guide Supplement to Notice 700/1 and 700/11 New VAT registration and deregistration thresholds effective from 1 April 2012
  • Notice 760: Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP)
  • Notice 812: Preferential Trade - Turkey
  • Notice 827 European Community Preferences: export procedures

You can find them in the Library section of HM Revenue & Customs website

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