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Customs and Global Trade

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Effective management of global trade decisions and obligations is an important – and sometimes overlooked – factor in a company’s global supply chain. Deloitte's global network of Customs & Global Trade specialists are experienced in global trade strategy, automation, export controls and import/export compliance. Our professionals assist you with planning and the structure of global transactions to reduce customs duty payments and other international trade costs, increase duty recoveries and help address legal and regulatory requirements a cost-effective manner.

Crucial to a multinational company's success today is the efficient integration of customs and international trade processes into its overall business goals, tax planning and supply chain management. Clearly, indirect tax savings—including customs duty savings—have a direct impact on a company's bottom line. But high-volume global traders wishing to achieve such savings face a host of challenges.  We offer services in the following main areas:

Export Controls  

Deloitte’s market leading export control practice is a multidisciplinary, multilingual team of  consultants, ex-government officials and industry specialists, combining years of experience in global export controls. Our professionals are experienced in U.S. export controls and extraterritorial restrictions, as well as local and regional export regulations. Deloitte has a strong reputation for its knowledge in encryption controls and leads international thought-leadership activities in this field. Our export control team works with clients to review current compliance processes, conduct large scale, multi-country classification projects, provide training, develop or enhance existing compliance programs and implement automated solutions to support internal controls. Our team’s specialization includes both dual-use and military controls. Learn more.

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Automating Global Trade  

Most business units within today’s multinational companies are keenly focused on cost reduction, process efficiency and exploring cash savings opportunities. No group is exempt, including the trade group. If your company faces challenges to changing, or even assessing, your trade automation situation, think about how much easier it might be with the help of a professional service provider that combines world-class systems consulting and specialized global trade and tax knowledge. Learn more.

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Trade Diagnostic  

Deloitte’s CGT Trade Diagnostic can be the platform for change that helps you analyze cost savings opportunities and makes your trade processes and resources more efficient. In collaboration with your trade team, the Deloitte Customs and Global Trade practice can help assess your supply chain efficiency and help you evaluate your company’s overall competitive position. Learn more.

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Trade Compliance & Controversy Services 

Companies are facing an increasing number of compliance requirements imposed by the countries in which they operate, as well as more rigorous enforcement by tax authorities. Deloitte offers efficient, cost-effective Customs & Global Trade compliance services including co-sourcing and outsourcing options. We help companies manage risk and provide more timely and transparent reporting through the application of technology based solutions. This approach improves data management and determines data integrity and accuracy. When controversies arise Deloitte provides audit assistance, representation and litigation before authorities, advisory opinions and reports. Learn more.

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Deloitte’s Customs & Global Trade team includes individuals with backgrounds as lawyers, accountants, auditors, customs brokers, economists, former government officials and industry specialists. We advise companies on both fiscal and non-fiscal regulations to help them avoid additional duties, taxes and penalties related to non-compliance, as well as consequences like complete import or export stops (e.g., REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism,  Authorized Economic Operator and others). Deloitte professionals help companies with a variety of Customs & Global Trade related needs such as post merger integration by tracking duty risks and  tax planning opportunities and in helping to reconcile and determine consistent support for what is an “arm’s length” or “fair” value for both customs and transfer pricing purposes. Learn more.

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Business Model Optimization  

Companies are looking for a sustainable competitive edge. Deloitte’s Business Model Optimization (BMO) professionals work as part of an integrated team consisting of Consulting, Enterprise Risk and Tax specialists. We focus on removing avoidable costs from global trade transactions while addressing compliance with the myriad of trade regulations around the world. Deloitte’s approach to enhancing business models and supply chains considers both import and export requirements, which helps companies to avoid incremental duty/trade costs and/or supply chain interruption. It also affords companies an opportunity to enhance their Customs & Global Trade processes and to gain a sustainable competitive edge through increased efficiency. Learn more.

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Tax Management Consulting (TMC)  

Deloitte provides companies and public bodies with support and advice on global trade technology solutions for Tax accounting and reporting. We deliver tailored solutions to clients through centrally led, global teams that consist of Information Technology consultants, with backgrounds as economists, former government officials, lawyers and industry specialists. We assist businesses with vendor selection to assess and identify recommended solutions; blueprinting of Customs & Global Trade processes; functional and technical executions; integration of the trade solutions with various ERP systems (SAP, Oracle, AS400 and others); and post launch application support. Learn more.

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