Expert Advice for Customs Compliance

Every business that imports or exports must manage their customs compliance. They must comply with the rules, regulations and requirements governing customs and international trade.

clearBorder provides expert training, consultancy and management resources to ensure your customs compliance. We help you turn compliance from basic risk management into a tool for growth.


Understanding Customs Regulations

Customs regulations cover all aspects of the import and export process. They can be notoriously complex and hard to navigate.

In the UK, HMRC determines the rules every importer and exporter must follow. These include goods classification, controlled exports, duty payments, VAT, safety and security declarations, product regulation and marketing rules and the records required for a customs audit.

If you breach customs compliance laws, HMRC can impose financial penalties, suspend trade activity and/or pursue criminal charges.

Working with a Customs Consultant

A customs consultant such as clearBorder helps companies stay customs compliant. We are experts in our field and bring knowledge, skill and experience to ensure your trade is compliant and efficient.

We review your processes, train your teams and are on hand for personal support when you need it.

We help you improve efficiency, reduce the risk of penalties, and expand your import and export opportunities.


Customs Compliance Best Practices for Businesses

  • Do keep accurate and up-to-date records, in case of an audit

  • Do outline clearly your supply chain management process

  • Do regularly review and correct customs compliance protocols

  • Don’t take a laissez-faire, casual approach

  • Don’t divide the compliance process across multiple parties

  • Don’t underestimate the benefits of expert advice


Ensure Your Compliance

Expert Training

Are you looking to upskill your international trade team and expand your internal skill set? We’ve utilised modern technology, import/export know-how and knowledge of the law to design some of the most effective training programs available in the UK. What could a clearBorder training program do for your business?

Bespoke Advice

Whether you need an experienced customs adviser, a food and animal product specialist, supply chain expert, or any other global trade specialism, clearBorder is here to help. Our clients have access to our combined wealth of knowledge, and we provide uniquely-tailored consultancy to help you trade without risk.


Importing and Exporting Goods with clearBorder

Does your business move goods, people or technology across borders? Use clearBorder’s expert management services now to ensure your customs compliance.

  • Avoid customs issues & penalties
    Avoid customs issues & penalties

    Customs compliance laws can be complicated. Preparation reduces the risk of fines, interrupted operations, court, or even imprisonment. With clearBorder, you can protect yourself from these risks.

  • Quick & accurate goods classification
    Quick & accurate goods classification

    HMRC requires detailed information for imported or exported goods. This includes the correct commodity codes, which affects the tariff and regulations that apply to your goods. clearBorder helps you classify goods correctly and avoid unnecessary costs.

  • Prepare for customs audit
    Prepare for customs audit

    Customs declarations contain extensive details on the goods you import and export. Our team offers expert support to ensure your declarations and records are in order. You’ll have expert support and on-hand advice to make any customs audit a breeze.

  • Pay customs duties & taxes with confidence
    Pay customs duties & taxes with confidence

    Whatever the nature of your freight, with clearBorder’s specialist guidance, you’ll know your requirements and be compliant with customs regulations. We take care to understand our clients’ business and ensure they stay within trade laws.

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What do our clients think?
We found Clear Borders training to be well structured, relevant, up-to-date and informative. The real life imperfect examples they provided us with throughout the training, placed our team in the shoes of the retailers and required them to consider the impact of the decisions they have to make. The knowledge gained from this training will be invaluable when we’re assisting our customers.
“We’re proud to be working with Capita on their market development strategy for border management services and technologies"
clearBorder advice is clear, informative, and available when we need it. It has proved invaluable in helping our team and partners navigate customs and shipping requirements in China, the EU and UK.
Jamieson Wellness Inc., Canada
clearBorder’s training is a great way to ensure that teams have mastered the complexities of importing and exporting in a rapidly changing field. The courses are short and digestible, with plenty of practical information to get businesses trading confidently.
Stephen Adams, Senior Director
"Clear Border has offered us in depth analysis and guidance on how we can improve our customs procedures, resulting in greater efficiency, not only in the day to day processes but in creating a robust Customs Policy. Friendly and helpful…every question answered."


Meet the Team Behind clearBorder

Christopher Salmon
Chief Executive
Christopher Salmon
Christopher Salmon founded clearBorder to help businesses optimise trade. He has wide experience across trade and borders, working with businesses of all sizes and sectors as well as being closely involved in government border modernisation programmes. Christopher oversaw the border during the UK’s exit from the EU as Senior Adviser to Michael Gove MP. He has experience across all aspects of border processes, from IT systems to business requirements and port infrastructure. Christopher was raised on a farm in mid-Wales and has over 20 years’ experience across government, business and in politics at local and national level.
Khyati Amin
Senior Consultant
Khyati Amin
Khyati Amin leads clearBorder’s strategic consulting work. She brings extensive experience as a strategy consultant with KPMG and deep knowledge of borders, supply chains and UK Government programmes from her work with clearBorder. She has worked on projects across sectors and led teams covering growth strategy, due diligence. Khyati brings extensive experience of market analysis and business development from work with her faKhyati brings extensive experience of market analysis and business development from work with her family business, one of the largest industrial piping suppliers in India. Khyati speaks native Hindi.
Mary Calam
Mary Calam
Mary is clearBorder’s chairwoman, responsible for providing a sounding board for the CEO and internal team and assuring corporate governance. Mary has extensive expertise in risk, governance and strategy, having worked at senior levels across the public and private sectors. Her government career spanned law enforcement, counter terrorism and national security, latterly as Director General for Crime, Policing and Fire in the Home Office. On leaving government, Mary joined McKinsey & Company, serving government and private sector clients around the world. She now holds a number of non executive director and trustee roles in public and private sector organisations and works as an independent consultant.
Rizwan Khan
Customer Accounts
Rizwan Khan
Rizwan Khan manages clearBorder’s training services and provides on-hand advice to businesses moving goods. Rizwan supports clients with customs requirements, paperwork, SPS processes, audit preparations and recordkeeping. He assists customers with training courses and detailed import and export queries. Rizwan brings extensive experience at the front end of customs and border processes from his work DHL Global Forwarding, Alpi and his time at clearBorder. Riz is an avid Liverpool supporter.
Sarah Rice
Senior Consultant
Sarah Rice
Sarah Rice leads clearBorder’s operational consultancy work. Sarah has 20 years of experience in customs and borders, including 15 covering export controls and advanced manufacturing. She has worked with advanced manufacturing, defence goods, dual-use items, research institutes and experimental technologies. Her expertise covers UK and US export control regimes (ITAR/EAR). Sarah has a degree in law and professional qualifications covering UK, US, and EU border controls.
Ugne Dapkeviciene
Business Support
Ugne Dapkeviciene
Ugne brings extensive business operations and office management experience. She is expert at navigating complex business processes and ensuring the smooth operation of business processes with UK and international clients. Ugne is a native Lithuanian speaker.


Our Insights & Resources

clearBorder is on a mission to make trade borders invisible. We share our knowledge and skill through our expert and professionally-produced resources.

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