You want to export? Porath Customs Agents will support you.

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We have the right solution for your export

There is a lot of freedom when exporting goods. The foreign trade laws do set some limits:

• In some countries, export is limited by restrictions, requirements or other measures. The main reason for this is and national security and foreign political concerns.

• Foreign politics and security issues can limit the foreign trade for specific persons, organizations and institutions – i.e. in the fight against terrorism.

• Certain classifications of goods are restricted for export (VuB). These can be found in the foreign trade laws and are subject to constitutional, environmental, child protection and economic laws.

Who checks these restrictions?
This is done in accordance to export control and sanctions assessment.

The clearance of your export at customs is free of charge. Customs may however charge for special services, such as…

• when customs clearance is done outside of the customs offices or outside of office hours.
• when non-union goods are impounded by customs officers.
• when customs procedures are carried out at an airport, which is not officially designated as a customs location.
• when the goods need to be guarded or accompanied through customs.

Your export transaction is in the best hands at Porath Customs Agents:

Export declaration (AES)

What exactly is the customs clearance of exports and why do you need an export declaration?

We have the answer: The customs clearance of exports describes the entire official treatment of your registered goods for export. This happens at the customs office of export directly at the company location of the exporter or at the location of the goods. The customs office of exit, however, is located directly at the border, where your goods exit the EU. They oversee the actual exit out of the EU customs territory and are also responsible for registering goods that are not forbidden, restricted or exceed 3,000 Euro in value.

You request, we export. Exporting goods the Porath Custom Agents style:

  • We are your reliable partner for exporting goods, consulting and supporting you through customs clearance.
  • Problems with customs clearance and registration will be thing of the past.
  • Our experts are well-versed in the very latest versions of electronic registration for export.
  • A reliable und speedy customs clearance is our standard.
  • We compile all of the necessary documentation and oversee the entire transaction including the electronic export declaration Europe-wide – in accordance with our Single Point of Contact Philosophy.

Sanctioned party list screening

Sanctioned party list screening: The thing that makes the difference.

Sanctioned party list screening is a touchy topic and is a legally mandated issue for customs that can have dire consequences if done carelessly.

But what gets sanctioned in the first place?

Due to the fight on terrorism together with the country specific embargos, the European Union has started keeping files on people, associations, organizations and companies, whose finances were frozen and who through other business participants are not allowed to receive any trade recourses. Those partners who have been placed on the European sanctioned party list as prohibited for goods transactions should be absolutely avoided. That is why it is imperative to examine your business contact using name and address.

There are several sanctioned party list that should and must be checked. We oversee this important task, using a clearly defined examination process through outsourcing for you. This saves you time and resources and prevents unnecessary fees due to carelessness. More detailed information concerning sanctions lists can be found and downloaded here.

Sanctions screening and employee screening through Porath Customs Agents:

  • Porath Customs Agents oversees the sanctions screening through outsourcing for your company, according to agreed upon criteria.
  • We rely on the most modern software, since a manual screening of the various sanctions lists is practically impossible and is sure to be full of mistakes.
  • As a company, getting permission to access the list of Germany’s AEO S list (Authorized Economic Operator – Security) requires among other things employee screening – we will take care of that.
  • People who work in relevant security positions also need to be screened. We will also take care of that screening to insure that it is done in accordance to sanctions lists EG ordinance Nos. 2580/2001 and 881/2002 (“Terror lists”).

Export control

Porath Customs Agents will oversee the controlling of your export. In some countries, trade is so limited that any export regardless of the kind of goods, is forbidden. These kinds of foreign and security policies lead to embargo measures, which are divided into three classifications:

• A weapons embargo forbids the export of weapons, munition and other armament in given country.
• A partial embargo includes certain restrictions and limitations in trade with the respective given country. Again based on the respective EU ordinances.
• A total embargo forbids any and all forms of trade with given country. In this case, the EU ordinance is also the prerequisite.

The embargo definitions differ in kind and scope based on the country of final destination. Payment, consignment or technical support in connection to the export goods, may also be affected by embargo measures. A list of all countries under embargo can be found on the respective page of the customs office.

Porath Customs Agents is superbly informed about all of these requirements and procedures and will help you with the smooth export your goods out of the EU. We are also happy to take care of consultation and important formalities involved in customs clearance.

Export control also involves export restriction of following goods:

  • Waste
  • Narcotics
  • Cash of 10,000 Euro or more. This must be registered in writing with the respective customs office
  • Certain dangerous chemicals, especially those used for chemical weapons. These are subject to a ban and regulatory approval
  • Dual-use goods, meaning goods which can be used for civil as well as military purposes
  • Torture tools
  • Conflict and blood diamonds (KPCS)
  • Cultural goods: Export restrictions serve to stop stolen art work from getting across borders
  • Brand and product piracy
  • Animals and plants on the list of endangered species
  • Print and media dangerous for children as well as print, which goes against the constitution
  • Munition and weapons

Supplier’s declaration

Porath Customs Agents is your consultant for correctly executing the supplier’s declaration. The declaration for suppliers is an inconspicuous yet very critical document for export within the European Union. It contains the proof of the preferential law according to the origin of the goods and supplies information as to whether the preferential customs laws apply to the goods.

Preferential customs laws are based on preferential agreements, which can basically be divided up into two categories:

• Autonomous preferential regulations: These are set up solely by the European Union to advantage certain countries, groups of countries or regions and are based on the Unions Customs Code.
• Preferential agreements closed between the European Union and other countries or groups of countries.

What is the difference between the various supplier declarations and the long-term supplier declaration?

A simple supplier declaration is made for individual shipments. The long-term supplier declaration is made for repeat deliveries, which are made over set period of time. The longest period of time allowed for the long-term delivery declaration is 24 months and is valid for all deliveries and stated goods for that period of time. We are happy to consult you and create a professional declaration for you.

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