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Webinar series “Current customs practice 2024”

09 / 04
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The Foreign Trade and Customs group, with the participation of Denuo’s Tax team, invites you to the “Current customs practice 2024” webinar series.

With the current trend of strengthening customs controls, during our webinars we will be glad to share our own experience of supporting customs inspections, handling disputes with customs authorities, as well as advising on a wide range of customs and currency control issues, accumulated over many years of our successful practice.

The webinar programme is listed below.

Participation in the webinars is free of charge but registration is required. Registration links will be available on the relevant event page.

The webinars will be held over Zoom.

We look forward to seeing you at our events.

Date and time      
 
Topic

9 April 2024
11:30am – 1pm
Customs inspections 2024 - what do customs authorities inspect and how can businesses minimise risks?
• The main areas of customs control before and after the release of goods;
• Risks associated with customs inspections;
• The procedure for conducting and finalising a customs inspection;
• How to ensure effective co-operation with the customs authority?
• The scope of documents and information requested: what details should be drawn attention to and which ones should be omitted?
• The impact of the declarant's actions at the inspection stage on the prospects for further appeal;
• How to minimise the risks of additional customs charges and why is it important to file objections to the inspection report?
• Examples of successful and unsuccessful outcomes of customs control measures;
• Voluntary adjustment and additional payment of customs fees: pros and cons;
• Practical recommendations
23 April 2024
11:30am – 1pm
Customs disputes - recent court practice and the secret of success
• What is the recent court practice?
• How are trends and tendencies changing?
• How are the statistics of customs dispute resolution changing?
• Departmental appeal: when does it make sense?
• Advantages of judicial appeal
• Expert opinions and other evidence - what should they be in order to carry weight in court?
• Specifics of appeal and cassation
14 May 2024
11:30am – 1pm
Dividends in the structure of the customs value - how to overcome negative practice and protect the company's rights
• Legal position of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and a new round of law enforcement practice
• Specifics of customs inspections on the issue of including dividends in the customs value of goods - timing, list of requested documents and information, possible approaches of customs authorities
• What arguments and evidence in practice can confirm the declarant's position?
• Who bears the burden of proof of the manipulation of elements of the customs value of goods?
• Independent inclusion of dividends in the customs value of goods: pros and cons
• Tax Implications
• Practical cases and recommendations
4 June 2024
11:30am – 1pm
Intra-group royalties and other payments - how to prove the absence of their influence on the economic value of goods
• How the judicial practice is shaping up after the landmark rulings of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation: ”distribution” and ”production” royalties
• Re-qualification of royalties as part of income from the subsequent sale of imported goods
• Other intra-group payments: services, training, databases, other management and service payments
• What are the main reasons for winning and losing in court disputes, including in re-examination?
• Are there ”ironclad” arguments and a unified approach?
• How can additional charges be minimised or eliminated at the inspection stage?
• In which cases do royalties add economic value to goods and in which cases do they not?
• How to prove it, what is the key to success?
• Will fine-tuned wording of licence agreements and supply contracts help, or is it necessary to fundamentally revise the structure of intra-corporate transactions?
• ”Self-correction” before the inspection: when is it necessary and how can it help?
• Practical cases and recommendations
25 June 2024
11:30am – 1pm
Confirmation of the reliability of the price of goods when the parties to a transaction are interrelated
• Practical aspects of customs control measures on the influence of the relationship of the parties on the transaction value: how to prepare?
• Signs of unreliability of the declared customs value in the presence of interrelation
• How to prove the absence of influence of the parties' interrelation on the transaction value?
• How does the mechanism of verification values work?
• How and on the basis of what information should the verification values be calculated?
• What is the analysis of circumstances surrounding the sale and how does it work in practice?
• Which arguments are accepted and which are usually rejected by customs authorities and courts?
• Will transfer pricing documentation help? How to work with it?
• Practical cases and recommendations
16 July 2024
11:30am – 1pm
How to correctly classify goods under the EAEU Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activity and defend your position?
• Tools for correct classification of goods under the EAEU CN of FEA
• Mechanism of ECE decisions on classification
• Recent trends of verification activities on the issue of classification of imported and exported goods under the EAEU CN of FEA.
• Sustainable practice of goods classification: what is it and how can it help?
• How to justify the legitimacy of the declared code of the EAEU CN of FEA?
• What documents should be submitted and is it necessary to conduct an out-of-court expert examination?
• Do references to BTI, WCO opinions and other foreign sources have weight in Russian courts?
• Statistics of court dispute resolution by classification
• The importance of forensic examination for the outcome of a dispute
• Practical cases and recommendations
6 August 2024
11:30am – 1pm
Russian countermeasures
• Restrictive and supportive measures in the field of foreign economic activity, currency control, corporate restrictions, introduction of temporary management, sectoral and other prohibitions and restrictions
• Obligations and liability
• Current practice
27 August 2024
11:30am – 1pm
Parallel imports
• Customs and civil law aspects
• Current practice of Сustoms Intellectual Property Register applications. Risks for importers and resellers.
• Statute of limitations
• How does the list of goods authorised for parallel import change and in what direction is the trend developing
17 September 2024                                          
11:30am – 1pm
Restructuring of supply and payment chains
• Over-compliance syndrome among counterparties - how to deal with it? 
• Peculiarities of working through intermediaries in logistics and settlements
• Specifics of “neutral” jurisdictions
• When is it advisable to open divisions in “friendly” countries, and when does it not make sense?
• Peculiarities of warranty and post-warranty service
8 October 2024
11:30am – 1pm

Legal audit of the company's FEA function
• What is a legal audit of the FEA function?
• Why does a business need it and how is it conducted?
• Prerequisites for legal audit: customs audit and customs monitoring
• Complete and spot analyses of customs aspects of the company's activities
• Advantages of early risk identification
• Practical examples of a legal audit of the FEA function, identified risks and provided recommendations