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    Brexit Ready Workshop – Customs

    Start date: 30/10/2019
    Cost: Free to attend

    This one day course, delivered by Howard Levene of Five Lanes Consultancy Ltd,  will cover various key aspects of cross border activities from a business, logistics and regulatory point of view.

    It is aimed specifically, but not exclusively, at the movement of goods to the UK from the EU and vice versa in the event of a No-Deal.

    It is delivered in a very open and flexible way, covering the key areas but so that the concerns of the participants are addressed rather than just following a rigid agenda.

    The course encourages participants to discuss their concerns and raise their questions regarding the potential customs and border issues in the event of a No-Deal.



    The objectives of the training are to give a broad overview of all aspects of crossing the border in the event of a No Deal. We summarise this into the three key areas:

    Business activities – the buyer seller relationship we will discuss areas including:


    • the impact of incoterms,
    • the need for and selecting customs brokers
    • responsibilities
    • the need for an EORI


    Logistics and supply chain

    • What is the impact of:  A border on the supply chain


    Customer matters, including:

    • What is meant by ‘Compliance’?
    • What customs procedures will assist you in being more compliant, efficient and cost
    • effective.
    • Making a customs declaration
    • What documentation is required
    • What are Transitional Simplified procedures and what do they apply to?
    • Paying duties and VAT
    • Authorised Consignor/Consignee
    • The use of Transit under the Common Transit Convention
    • Selecting and using a custom broker
    • Instructing the customs broker
    • Where can you find support


    At the end of the course you will

    • have an awareness and understanding of the key areas to ensure your import and export activities are compliant, efficient and cost effective by being able to take advantage of the customs easements introduced by government and available to you and your company.


    Who should take this course:

    • It is suitable for all levels of staff and all areas of a business. Particularly those staff involved in cross border activities, specifically EU to UK and vice versa. Typically for logistics, supply chain, purchasing, finance and those new to customs/Border controls.


    About the trainer:

    Howard Levene;

    “I have worked in various capacities in the customs and international trade environment for many years. Having spent a number of years as an HMRC computer audit officer, I moved into industry and enhanced my experience by working with a customs software house, two of the worlds’ biggest supply chain and logistics companies, two of the big four consulting firms and most importantly as the Europe Middle East and African Customs Director for a global automotive supplier. I have previously chaired Trade Working Group of the Brussels based CLEPA association (EU Automotive parts suppliers) and represented them at a number of EC trade groups including the TAXAUD Trade Contact Group. In the past I also chaired the SMMT’s Customs &Tariff Working Group and continue to support this group and represent them at a number of UK HMRC JCCC groups. 

    I am business focused seeking to help companies improve their bottom line, be more efficient but maintain and improve compliance and can evidence this through various achievements with my customers.

    I am now putting my experience to good use as an independent customs and trade adviser to a wide range of companies, large, medium and small.”


    Additional information

    • The workshop is free to attend and you can register here.
    • The workshop will be held at Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds LS1 2HA
    • The workshop will run from 10.00-16.00
    • The Workshop is limited to 20 places.
    • Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day.
    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham