UK/USA/EU Export Controls Customs Advisor





TARA is a consultancy. specialising in Export Licensing, Export Controls, Trade, and Customs issues.


The services on offer from TARA are at three levels dependent upon the issue and an organisation's needs.


We are currently celebrating 20 years of consultancy on Export and Customs matters.



  Three Levels of Services
  1. External Representation e.g. to the BIS, European Commission, HMRC and UK Border Force, the US Government and/or organisations by experienced practitioners.
  2. Internal Consultancy, support, training, including tailor-made check lists for duty reduction, research, access to world-wide databases, and a plan of action.
  3. Advice and Support available at the end of a phone/fax/e-mail system including access to other consultancies in UK, Europe, Japan and the United States.

In matter of Export Control TARA Consultants have some of the most extensive experience available this side of the Atlantic. They can assist your business across the board and from top to bottom in defining the solutions to Customs problems, and Complex Export Control Issues.


Exporters of ALL products and their Forwarding Agents are more at risk in Today's World even than in the Cold War. Foreign subsidiaries (especially those with Ex Pat managers) are often unaware that they must comply with the Export Controls of the country in which they are resident as well as the regulations of their Parent Company's country of Origin.

Also some UK, US EU,UN and Japanese rules apply Extraterritorially to their exports and re-exports as well as to their websites and to their nationals resident abroad in more and more cases. This puts both forwarders and the exporter's directors at risk..

This is because of the complexity of an ever growing web of UN,EU, UK, and especially US Sanctions and Penalties which are superimposed on existing Strategic Export Controls. In an increasingly integrated global economy Multinational companies in particular can see their supply chains disrupted with severe financial loss as happened during the so called Toshiba Kongsberg Affair, some years ago. Anything to do with Encryption is particularly fraught because of the need for surveillance and Counter -Terrorism controls. In the case of anything related to Armaments and Embargoed Destinations the UK Trade Controls are worldwide in application.


For an independent source of advice see the excellent BIFA article shown here under Export Controls.  


"Blue Chip" companies and their Logistics, Warehousing and Distribution functions across Europe have benefited from their advice and support in resolving issues which had a "make or break" impact on the projects.


Because of this experience a short consultation can often be enough to evaluate the viability or otherwise of a multinational company's or inward investor's strategy. TARA can also assist any established company or inward investor anywhere in Europe in avoiding major pitfalls, enhancing service and enhancing productivity in this complex area. They can point to savings of tens of thousands (and for some clients millions) of pounds and the legal avoidance of tax, duty and Vat which would not have arisen without their essential input.


TARA has worked in association with lawyers in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, the UK and the US.



Withdrawal Agreement, Political Declaration and more

The FactBase is regularly updated. Here are pointers to the main recent changes:

Negotiation section updated with concise summaries of the 585-page Withdrawal Agreement and the 26-page Political Declaration under "current status"

Trade section updated to reflect new insights from my separate paper on UK trade and the WTO  and 2017 data throughout.

Economic context updated to reflect PwC November Outlook and the current estimated hit to 2018 GDP of 800m a week.

New publications/resources section which includes a useful Pdf of the summary section, which some of you have found helpful as a handout at market stalls and at meetings/briefings. There's also a website business card with one of those funny symbols that you scan to get to the site.




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The Brexit saga has been short on facts and long on deception and delusion such as " agreeing trade agreements will just be a cut and paste exercise".


Our trade with the Republic of Ireland alone far exceeds that with the whole of the Commonwealth including Australia, New Zealand and Canada. UK/ Irish trade is greater even if you add in trade with the so called BRICS ( Brazil,Russia,India , exports to China but not Chinese imports plus South Africa)  Australia for example accounts for about 1% of UK's overall trade and New Zealand for 0.4%.


Irish trade is also important because we cannot feed ourselves, the progressively lower value of the pound will give rise to increased prices and disruption or delay to food imports especially from Ireland would quickly lead to shortages in the shops. 



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