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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.

Key contact

Indirect Tax Partner
Alison Horner
+44 (0)1604 624 011
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Meet the team

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Lucy Sutcliffe

National Customs Director

Lucy advises clients on customs and excise duty issues, assisting them to understand and utilise the various and often complex customs and excise regimes and procedures. Lucy helps firms identify streamlining solutions and business efficiencies when importing and exporting goods, and advises on real-world potential solutions to help firms prepare for the advent of Brexit. Our clients will also be able to benefit from her expertise in advising on the potential benefits and obligations of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) regime.

Prior to joining MHA MacIntyre Hudson Lucy led and directed the UK’s central team responsible for a range of customs special procedures within HMRC. This role included oversight of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) regime, Inward Processing & Outward Processing procedures and customs international trade supervisory work.

She is also an award winning and highly experienced senior financial and criminal investigator who led high level and complex civil and criminal investigations impacting both nationally and internationally.  

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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 VAT 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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