16th May 2011


Did You Know?  Issue 110 – 16th May 2011


1. EU Embargo on Syria:  10th May 2011:  2. EU plans to Reform GSP:  3. Low Value Imports: 4. Possible future FTA negotiations between the EU and Malaysia: 5. US Treasury list of Boycott countries:  6. Anti-Dumping Duties: 7. New HMRC addresses: 8. ECGD Events9. Illegal Export to Iran (USA)


1.EU Embargo on Syria:  10th May 2011 The European Union has imposed an arms embargo on Syria (along with an asset freeze and visa ban on 13 top Syrian officials) in light of the current violent situation in the country.   The sanctions came in force with immediate effect as of 10 May 2011 and are directly applicable in UK law.  If you intend to export controlled goods to Syria, you should keep yourself well informed of the current situation. You should also be aware that export licences will not be issued by the UK's Export Control Organisation (ECO) unless they fit one of the exemptions set out in the embargo (such as export of humanitarian use or use of United Nations personnel).

2. EU plans to Reform GSP:  The GSP scheme is implemented over cycles of ten years in order to take into account changing trade patterns. The present cycle began in 2006 and will expire in 2015. The scheme is implemented through successive Regulations applying for 3 years. The current GSP scheme is established by Council Regulation (EC) No 732/2008, which entered into force on 1 January 2009 and will expire on 31 December 2011. The Commission has put forward a "roll-over" Regulation, extending the present system until the end of 2013, to avoid GSP lapsing while the institutions discuss the new GSP proposal. The "roll-over" Regulation was approved by the European Parliament on 24 March 2011, by the Council on 14 April and should be published later this month (May 2011).

3. Low Value Imports  1 November 2010 The Chancellor announced in the Budget that Legislation will be introduced in Finance Bill 2011 to lower the Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) threshold, below which goods imported from outside the EU are VAT-free, from £18 to £15.  The Tariff and the relevant Customs Procedure Codes (CPCs) will be amended to reflect the reduction from £18 to £15 in due course

4. Possible future FTA negotiations between the EU and Malaysia

After FTA negotiations between the EU and a group of ASEAN countries proved difficult, EU Member States in December 2009 gave the green light for the Commission to pursue negotiations towards free trade agreements with individual ASEAN countries, beginning with Singapore. At the same time, the EU is not losing sight of the ultimate goal of achieving an agreement within a regional framework.  Note: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967 by the five founding member countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.  Today, ASEAN encompasses 10 South East Asian countries with the addition of: Brunei Darussalam (1984), Vietnam (1995), Laos (1997), Burma/Myanmar (1997) and Cambodia (1999).

5. US Treasury list of Boycott countries:  US Treasury Publishes List of Countries Requiring Cooperation with the Arab Boycott of Israel:  (76 Fed. Reg. 27377) - In accordance with section 999(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the Department of the Treasury is publishing a current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) (i.e., the Arab boycott of Israel): 

  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen, Republic of

Iraqis not included in this list, but its status with respect to future lists remains under review by the Department of the Treasury.

6. Anti-Dumping Duties:

a)         EU has imposed a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of certain fatty alcohols and their blends originating in India, Indonesia and Malaysia within CN codes ex 2905 16 85, 2905 17 00, ex 2905 19 00 and ex 3823 70 00.  It applies as follows:

Country            Company                     Provisional AD duty %

India                 VVF Limited                              4,8

                        All other companies                   9,3

Indonesia         P.T. Ecogreen Oleochemicals 6,3

                        P.T. Musim Mas                        4,3

                        All other companies                   7,6

Malaysia          KL-Kepong Oleomas (KLK)         5,0

                        Emery                                       5,3

                        All other companies                   13,8

b)         EU has extended the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Regulation (EC) No 599/2009 on the imports of biodiesel originating in the United States of America to imports of biodiesel consigned from Canada, whether declared as originating in Canada or not.  It applies to imports of biodiesel in a blend containing by weight 20 % or less of biodiesel originating in the United States of America, and terminating the investigation in respect of imports consigned from Singapore.

7. New HMRC addresses:  1st June 2011: Further centralisation of Authorising and Supervising Offices for specific Customs Procedures with Economic Impact (CPEI) used by businesses in London and the South Region.  Large Business authorisations are excluded from the centralisation, as are simplified CPEI authorisations, which will continue to be supervised by the relevant team as specified:  Temporary Admissions – National Temporary Admissions Section (NTAS) at Salford.  Simplified Inward processing, Outward processing, Processing under Customs Control and End Use - National Imports Relief Unit (NIRU) at Enniskillen




Approved Exporters (Preference)


Customs Warehousing


Customs Freight Simplified Procedures



End Use


Temporary Admission


Authorisations & Returns Team


Peter Bennett House

Redvers Close



Tel No:           0113 389 4210/4457


Fax No:          0113 389 4490/4373



Returns, requests to scrap goods, requests for amendments or renewals to existing approvals, etc. for the regimes specified above should also be sent to the Leeds office.


The centralised work already undertaken at Nottingham for Inward Processing, Outward Processing, Processing under Customs Control and Approved Depositories is unaffected.


All Local Compliance businesses that complete C&E 1179 (Claims for repayment/remission of import duty, CAP charges, VAT and Excise duty) should send them to:

The National Rejected Imports Team

HM Revenue & Customs

Excise and International Trade


Reading  RG1 4TE

E-Mail: International.trade.team.reading@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

8. ECGD Events:  The world of Export Credit Insurance is changing. This ECGD Road show will explain more about new ECGD products that were announced in the recent white paper Trade and Investment for Growth and how they can help all businesses, particularly SMEs, to export with confidence.  The four new ECGD products are:

(i) A widening of the eligibility of ECGD’s short term credit insurance policy;

(ii) A bond support scheme;

(iii) An export working capital scheme; and

(iv) A foreign exchange credit support product.







17 May



0115 947 1767


19 May

North Staffs. Chamber of Commerce


01782 202 222


20 May

ShropshireChamber of Commerce


0121 607 1751


25 May

Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce


02476 654321


26 May

BirminghamChamber of Commerce


0121 607 1751


8 June

UKTI – North West


01925 400194


9 June

UKTI – North West


01925 400194


9.  Illegal Export to Iran (USA):  California Company and Its CEO Sentenced for Conspiring to Illegally Export Industrial Valves to Iran.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that GWC Valve International Inc., a company headquartered in Bakersfield, Calif., and its chief executive officer, David Meador, 52, were sentenced yesterday in the Eastern District of California for conspiracy to export services related to industrial valves to Iran.  At a hearing in federal court in Fresno, Calif., U.S. District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced GWC Valve International to a criminal fine of $300,000 and five years of corporate probation and ordered the company to forfeit $410,833.82.   The judge also sentenced Meador to 13 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.   The government has already received $110,000 in payments from the defendants.  On June 24, 2010, both GWC Valve International and Meador pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transactions Regulations.   According to court documents filed in the case, between July 2005 and May 2008, Meador and others conspired to cause the export of financial and technical services related to the sale of the industrial valves to Iran without having first obtained the required licenses and authorization from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.   As part of the conspiracy, GWC and Meador received orders from customers in Iran for industrial valves, totaling more than $2.16 million, then entered into contracts with these customers and caused the valves to be manufactured on behalf of Iranian customers.   The defendants also concealed that Iranian customers were the true recipients of the valves by once falsely asserting that the GWC office in the United Arab Emirates was the end user of the goods and on several occasions altering or omitting references to the Iranian banks and end-users in correspondence about the sales.


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