Due diligence in customs and import/export compliance is the process of assessing a company’s compliance with the relevant laws and regulatory bodies associated with importing and exporting goods and services.
It involves conducting a thorough investigation of a company’s import/export activities to identify any potential adverse impacts (risks) or violations in their operations, supply chain, or other business relationships, as recommended in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
Due diligence helps companies identify, prevent, or mitigate the adverse impacts associated with business operations, products, or services.
The aim of import/export compliance due diligence is to minimise risks related to legal compliance, trade operations, reputation and business relationships, customs compliance and efficiency, national security, and financial considerations.
Thorough due diligence can help companies navigate the complexities of international trade and minimise the potential risks and liabilities associated with import/export activities.
Import/export compliance due diligence involves navigating a complex framework of legislation, including international, national, and local regulations. Examples of these include, but are not limited to:
This complex framework of legislation requires users to have a comprehensive understanding of the relevant laws and regulations. As UK law adjusts to Brexit and with political tensions rising across the globe, new rules and sanctions can be implemented at any time so knowledge must be up-to date to mitigate the risk of violation.
Harmonised System (HS) codes are internationally recognised codes that are used to classify goods for customs purposes, whilst export control ratings determine the level of control or restriction on the export of specific goods or technologies.
Misclassification of goods, relative to HS codes and export control ratings, is a significant risk to import/export compliance due diligence that can result in various compliance issues and consequences including:
Poor record keeping in import/export compliance due diligence can lead to significant challenges and potential compliance issues for companies. Effective record-keeping is crucial for demonstrating compliance, facilitating audits or inspections, and ensuring accurate reporting. Some key consequences of poor record-keeping include:
Planning is essential to ensure compliance with regulations, mitigate risks, and optimise import/export operations. Some consequences of inadequate planning include:
Import/export compliance due diligence is a critical aspect of international trade that requires a comprehensive understanding of legislation and regulations, and careful attention and planning.
When filling out enterprise/government due diligence, companies must consider the common pitfalls identified to ensure they are adhering to regulations and maximising their operational efficiency
To address the risks associated with due diligence, it is recommended that companies seek the expertise of trade compliance specialists or legal professionals to ensure effective import/export compliance due diligence.
Naq Cyber and clearBorder work together to deliver automated due diligence procedures for compliant import and exports. Our team of experts are uniquely placed to simplify the complex and deliver scalable automated compliance solutions to your business.
clearBorder provides independent advice on international trade, border systems, policies and processes. We deliver:
We deploy our expertise and extensive partnerships across the freight forwarding, customs, policy-making and trading sectors to help our clients trade seamlessly across borders.
Naq automates data compliance for businesses importing into the UK market. Through a combination of an automated platform, and expert support, Naq eliminates the manual work and the complexity of achieving and maintaining compliance with UK industry frameworks such as UK-GDPR, MOD DART, JOSCAR, NHS DSPT, and more.
By automating their data compliance, cybersecurity, and due diligence obligations, Naq has empowered numerous overseas businesses to unlock valuable opportunities with UK government departments such as the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the National Health Service (NHS).
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