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Meetings

 

The meetings of the Group will normally be held six times per year on the second Thursday in the month.  We arrange flexibly in line with updates and new information but typically arrange to meet in January, March, May, July, September, and November (AGM).  Where possible we will hold a hybrid meeting based at various physical venues in central London, with an option to join by video conferencing.  The meetings are 6 o'clock in the evening until 8 o'clock with some networking typically starting from 5.30pm and additionally following the meeting.    

 

All members must be experienced practitioners in the field of customs across a number of specialities such as law, consultancy, in-house management, and brokerage.  Membership is £100 per year, which includes participation in the members' meetings, access to a members' forum, and receipt of regular mailings of customs and international trade related technical material (some of which is not always available as quickly or at all on the websites of European customs administrations, trade ministries, the European Commission, etc.). Members serve for the CPG on customs focussed working parties, and collaborate with the government, the European Commission and others to raise awareness of customs issues and work towards resolving them.

 

A technical specialist is usually invited to participate in a presentation and discussion with members at most meetings.  This is often a representative from relevant government agencies and/or a member with a specific technical update.   

Thursday 11th November 2021 - AGM

 

Speaker: David Vallely from HMRC's Traders & Intermediaries Account Management.  He will be covering the changes expected from 1st Jan 2022.  

 

Thank you to David for an informative session.

 

A record number of members managed to attend either in-person or online (52 members or guests), and we plan to continue holding hybrid meetings as it enables people to attend even if they can't physcially get to London.  

 

Venue: Hybrid

Physically we were at Ernst & Young, 25 Churchill Place, London, E14 5EY

Virtually we were on zoom

 

Thursday 9th September 2021

 

Speaker: HMRC's Dave McAlpine on Freeports

Venue: A virtual meeting via ZOOM

 

Thursday 13th May 2021

 

Speaker: Various members speaking including Barbara Scott, Jessica Yang and Arne Mielken

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

The meeting covered several interesting topics including:
Insufficient Production rules within the UK-EU TCA
The activities of the EU Trade Contact Group
The definition of an exporter
The consulation on tax advisors and the need for professional indemity insurance 
Case discussion - The revocation of a BOI from Belguim 
Deferred declarations

 

Thursday 8 April 2021

 

Speaker: No speaker as this is an additional update meeting

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

Thursday 11 March 2021

 

Speaker: HMRC’s Elly Paterson to talk about Northern Ireland

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

Thursday 11 February 2021

 

Speaker: Multiple speakers from governemt agencies to talk about Origin,

including FDO, HMRC and DIT.  

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

Thursday 14 January 2021

 

Speaker: No speaker as this is an additional update meeting

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

Thursday 10 December 2020

 

Speaker: No speaker as this is an additional update meeting

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

Thursday 12 November 2020 - including AGM

 

Speaker: – Claire Wilson of HMRC’s Customs & Border Design, Stakeholder Engagement Team

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

Thursday 8 October 2020

 

Speaker: No speaker as this is an additional update meeting

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

 

Thursday, 10 September 2020

 

Speaker: Ryan Sweeney of the Department for International Trade

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

 

Thursday, 13 August 2020

 

Speaker: No speaker as this is an additional update meeting

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

 

Thursday, 9 July 2020

 

Speaker: Claire Wilson of HMRC’s Customs and Border Design Team  

 

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

 

Thursday, 10 June 2020

 

Topic: Small business consultancy roundtable.  Members will share knowledge of the practicalities, challenges and opportunities associated with running a small customs consultancy practice.  

 

Venue: A virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

 

Thursday, 14 May 2020

 

Speaker: Colin Davies, HMRC to discuss the new AEO Authorisations process.  

 

Venue: Our first virtual meeting to be conducted via ZOOM

 

Thursday, 13 February 2020

 

Speaker: Barbara Scott, CPG Chair - customs updates

 

Venue: Baker McKenzie LLP, 100 New Bridge St, London EC4V 6JA

 

Thursday, 14 November 2019 - including AGM.

 

Speaker: Jeremy White, CPG Member - an update on recent Customs Case Law.

 

Venue: RPC, Tower Bridge House, St. Katharine's Way, London E1W 1AA.

 

 

Thursday, 12 September 2019

 

Speaker: Members' Open Forum on Brexit.

 

Venue: Baker McKenzie, 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6JA.

 

Thursday, 09 May 2019

 

Speaker: Ogechi Nnamani, HMRC International Trade Development Officer, London Region.

 

Venue: Pinsent Masons LLP, 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES.

 

Thursday, 14 February 2019

 

Speaker:  Margaret Whitby & Michael Allison, HMRC, on on Brexit D1ND & Customs update; Barbara Scott, CPG Chair on CDS.

 

Venue: Clifford Chance, 4 Coleman Street, London EC2E 5JJ

 

Thursday, 08 November 2018 - AGM.

 

Speaker: Jeremy White, CPG Member, on Brexit.

 

Venue: RPC, Tower Bridge House, St. Katharine's Way, London E1W 1AA.

 

This meeting was also the AGM and, after the formal business was concluded, we had a presentation from our own Jeremy White on Brexit, future trade arrangements with the EU and border delivery improvements.