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Customs Law

Customs duties, foreign trade law, excise and energy tax—the list of legal fields involved in the area of "customs law" goes on and on. Preferences, duties, customs valuation, export control and dual use are only a few of the topics faced by companies that sell goods beyond the borders of the European Union. Many companies must also deal with excise tax issues, in connection with electricity, energy products (primarily mineral oil) or spirits.

Customs offi­cials make the use of sim­p­li­fi­ca­ti­ons and bene­fits inc­rea­sin­gly depen­dent on whe­ther a com­pany is "com­p­li­ant", i.e. whe­ther it com­p­lies with legal requi­re­ments and has intro­du­ced pro­ces­ses that ensure that no mis­ta­kes - or as few mis­ta­kes as pos­si­ble - can be made.

Customs duties are often a sig­ni­fi­cant cost fac­tor in glo­bal trade. At the same time, howe­ver, there are many ways to make use of customs pro­ce­du­res that reduce customs duties or avoid them alto­ge­ther.

Our ser­vice port­fo­lio ref­lects the scope of duties of the customs admi­ni­s­t­ra­tion and is just as varied. Our team of expe­ri­en­ced con­sul­tants can assist you in all customs mat­ters and rela­ted areas such as:

Our ser­vices at a glance

  • Com­p­li­ance
    • Risk ana­ly­ses
    • "Quick-Check" to iden­tify risks and/or savings poten­tial
    • Eva­lua­tion of indi­vi­dual issues
    • Con­duct of out-of-court and judi­cial appeals
    • Assi­s­tance with tax audits (customs, for­eign trade and excise tax audits)
    • Rep­re­sen­ta­tion in app­lying for per­mits
    • Con­sul­ting in connec­tion with risk and com­p­li­ance mana­ge­ment/inter­nal con­trol sys­tem
  • Stra­tegy/Opti­miza­tion
    • Sup­ply chain opti­miza­tion
    • Reduc­tion of customs duties and excise taxes
    • Deve­lop­ment and impro­ve­ment of inter­nal customs pro­ces­ses
    • Opti­miza­tion of your customs orga­niza­tion
    • Con­sul­ting in the area of acqui­si­ti­ons and post-mer­ger inte­g­ra­tion
    • Sup­port in connec­tion with busi­ness valua­ti­ons
    • Work with col­lea­gues to pro­vide advice on cross-cut­ting tax issues, e. g. in connec­tion with trans­fer pri­cing and/or value added tax
  • IT
    • Advice in connec­tion with soft­ware selec­tion for customs duties, for­eign trade tax and excise duties pro­ces­sing
    • Sup­port in the imp­le­men­ta­tion of the soft­ware as an inter­face bet­ween busi­ness and your IT depart­ment
    • Sup­port in the imp­le­men­ta­tion of the customs admi­ni­s­t­ra­tion's IT requi­re­ments with regard to audi­ta­bi­lity in the con­text of audits


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