Customs and Excise Duty

Already complex rules and procedures relating to how companies and individuals import and export their goods are set to become ever more uncertain over the coming months. Whether you import or export from outside the UK or move goods around the EU, these changes will throw-up new challenges that may bring additional costs and administrative burdens.

Here at MHA MacIntyre Hudson we seek to offer customs duty solutions that may help make a business become more cost effective and streamlined. We seek to assist businesses in understanding and utilising more efficiently the existing customs regimes and Special Procedures. Additionally, we offer real-world customs solutions that may help to mitigate the challenges and changes that lie ahead. However, regardless of Brexit, all firms can gain from considering how the existing customs regimes and procedures may benefit them.

We are uniquely and expertly placed to assist on such customs duty areas as:

  • Import and export procedures outside the European Union.
  • Customs Special Procedures – also known as CPEIs (Customs Procedures with an Economic Impact) – such as Inward and Outward Processing, Customs Warehousing and Temporary Admission.
  • Authorised Economic Operator Status – whether this regime offers a tangible benefit to the potential applicant.
  • Guidance on the correct classification of goods within the harmonised Customs Tariff (including the preference system) and the correct Customs Valuation methods.
  • Advice on excise duties to importers, local brewers, distillers and wholesalers.

Whilst the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the new Union Customs Code changes will no doubt be on every businesses’ mind, the benefit of understanding and utilising the various customs regimes available to business, in the right and correct circumstances, can be of real and immediate value and assist in taking potential solutions forward.

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Andrew Thurston

Customs Duty Consultant

Andrew joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson as our Customs Duty Consultant in October 2019.  He joined from HMRC where he gained valuable experience liaising with all sizes and sectors of companies within the UK by facilitating customs procedures and assessing compliance.

During his 15 years working in HMRC Andrew audited companies across sectors from retail, manufacturing and exporters who are involved in the supply of goods across global supply chains.
Andrew works closely with clients across the Baker Tilly International Network to manage the complexities of customs regimes and identify potential opportunities for supply chain improvements and duty savings. 

A key part of Andrew’s role is to ensure his expertise is available to all MHA MacIntyre Hudson clients through the Baker Tilly network, so they have access to the specialised services and support required to manage their customs activities. 

His background provides him with a unique insight into HMRC practices and uses this to benefit our clients.

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Alison Horner

Indirect Tax Partner

Alison is a Chartered Tax Adviser who works closely with her clients across the firm to manage the complexities of VAT and to identify VAT savings and opportunities.

As Indirect Tax Partner she has worked with the firm for 15 years and previously worked for Reuters, Deloitte and started her VAT career with HMRC. Alison and her team aim to provide commercial solutions to the issues facing our clients, who are from all types of sectors. In particular Alison enjoys advising on property and construction matters and international trade. 

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John Rossiter

Director – Indirect Tax

John has over 24 years of experience advising clients on VAT and other indirect tax matters and brings a wealth of experience to the team having worked in the UK, Ireland and Canada.

John works with businesses of all sizes from owner managed to listed multi-nationals in a broad range of industry sectors. He has a particular focus on supply chain and international indirect tax matters, real estate and construction, financial services, and tax risk management. 

A key part of John’s role is to leverage the international expertise that is available to all MHA MacIntyre Hudson clients through the Baker Tilly International network, so no matter where our clients operate or trade, they have access to the professional services and support that they need to succeed.

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