John Spargo 

•  Former Chair of the UK Oil Industry Taxation Committee (UKOITC)

•  Former Chair of European Petroleum Industry Association Tax Group (EUROPIA)

•  Member of the Institute of Export



John owns and operates Customs 558 Limited, a consultancy company specialising in the excise duties chargeable on oils, alcohols and tobacco products.

He works with companies affected by excise duties to ensure that they understand and manage their exposure. In doing this he relies on over 30 years successful experience as a policy advisor on Customs and Excise Duties in the UK and Europe. His comprehensive track record includes ten years leading BP's Customs and Excise Duties compliance and advisory team in the UK, and before that ten years as a senior advisor for oils and alcohols excise duty policy with the former HM Customs and Excise.

John is an accomplished trade representative with over ten years’ past experience of chairing the Indirect Tax Groups in the UK Oil Industry Taxation Committee (UKOITC) and the Brussels-based European Petroleum Industry Association (EUROPIA). He is also a very experienced trainer with an impressive track record of devising and delivering both classroom training events and bespoke one-to-one or smaller group sessions covering all aspects of Customs and Excise compliance. John delivers Strong and Herd’s “Introduction to Excise Duties” Course.

John also advises on all aspects of customs (Import) duty for all products, not just those affected by excise duty.

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