Global IT agreements mean that much electronic equipment is import duty free when globally traded. However often high duty rates are applicable to products that fall out of strict IT definitions. Whilst a phone importer may pay no import duty, peripheral products like a plastic-coated phone case can cost the importer almost 10% import duty when imported into the EU depending on its design, origin and how imported. Classification of goods for import purposes must be correct but is not always straight forward. The exponential growth of new electronic products, often combined with other items or multifunctional in ways unimagined months before means classification of goods and therefore the Customs arena is critical for the Technology sector.
Gavin is a very experienced Customs consultant and has for almost two decades helped companies that trade internationally remain compliant and minimise import costs in the areas of Classification, Origin and Valuation. He also provides customs retainers, training, AEO assistance, compliance projects and Brexit advice. After working in both a Big 4 and Boutique Customs consultancy Gavin started Trade Flow in 2014. He currently works with dozens of trade associations, retailers and importers and exporters. He is also a member of the Joint Customs Consultative Committee.