SGS CUSTOMS SUPPORT SERVICESThe Context SGS SolutionsGovernments, in particular national Customs SGS is uniquely positioned to propose and deliverAdministrations, are faced with the challenge of tailored solutions to individual countries needs and thismaintaining strong controls to protect their national for three reasons:interests while at the same time facilitating the flow of • Modular approach enables SGS to offer adaptedgoods to improve competitiveness. solutions that can be expanded or limited in their coverage over time. This flexibility is a guarantee ofModern Customs Administrations implement selective cost effectiveness and technical excellence;controls and are increasingly considering contracting • Systematic investment in people and systems! SGSout to the private sector supporting tasks/functions. has invested IT systems that are flexible and allowThis leaflet reviews the SGS services that are the client governments real time secured access toavailable to Customs, either on a stand-alone basis or information. SGS has organised internal networks ofas part of a comprehensive program of support. expert in the core customs skills and in product knowledge. • A unique network of affiliates in 140 countries which can become the “eyes and ears” of governments.Client NeedsThere is broad consensus about the increasingly Client Benefitscomplex challenges that Customs Administrations are The impact of SGS comprehensive import verificationfacing in today’s global trading environment. programs is well documented and the commitment to success demonstrated in these large programs isWhile SGS does not have a single response to all applied in smaller “modular” programs as suggestedchallenges, we believe that we can be of assistance below.(in a supporting role) to Customs in a variety of fields,such as customs valuation, protection of consumers, SGS is committed to perform in line with agreed keyoperation of scanning equipment, validation oftransactions, certification of entities, etc.. performance indicators.Why SGS?The SGS Group is the clear global leader and innovator in verification, testing and certification services. Founded in1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for the highest standards of expertise, quality and integrity. With32000 employees, SGS operates a network of almost 840 offices and subsidiaries and over 320 laboratories aroundthe world.As a professional, independent and reliable partner, SGS is committed to the delivery of enhanced value forshareholders, clients, employees and the public at large.Integrity, transparency and ethical behaviour are the core values of the SGS Group.
SGS CUSTOMS SUPPORT SERVICESServices DescriptionThere are four categories of services for which SGShas recognised competencies and capacities thatmight be of interest to Customs:• Inspection services;• Valuation, classification, origin validation;• Monitoring of customs regimes;• Trade facilitation and certification. Inspection The SGS network is well known for its unique country coverage (140 countries) and incorporates trained inspectors in all locations. The inspection tasks can be organised in the exporting, trans-shipment, or importing locations using a variety of means and techniques as described below: • Design of inspection procedures and manuals using SGS best practices relating to goods specific knowledge, sampling methods, and risk analysis. • Training programs in inspection techniques by commodities, customs classification, and physical risks. • Pre-shipment inspection to avoid delays at arrival or risks related to security, the environment, or public health (for instance hazardous waste imports). • Inspection services at arrival as a sub- contractor of Customs for technical inspection (for instance radiation, quality testing, or phyto-sanitary compliance). • Laboratory analysis / management services made available to Customs. SGS is also available to assist in the operation and management of cargo scanning equipment and “second inspection” audit chains. Customs administrations (Mexican Customs for instance) are putting in place a random second inspection chain that immediately validates / audits the inspection performed by Customs.
SGS CUSTOMS SUPPORT SERVICESServices Description (contd) Valuation, Classification, Origin The implementation of the WTO Agreement on Customs Valuation and the multiplication of regional free trade agreements have led to increasing concerns about revenue losses related to misdeclared values and origin. SGS has competencies in the following areas: • Customs risk management to assess transaction specific risks and identify required intervention levels; • Validation of declared customs values and classification using SGS international network of valuation / classification experts and unique IT tools; • Training in customs valuation and classification techniques to support developing countries efforts at strengthening their institutional capacities; • Independent validation of compliance with rules of origin through leveraging SGS global network in exporting countries (visit of manufacturers premises; review of documentation). • Post-entry audit support through development of procedures, training of customs officers, and operational support to customs; Monitoring of Special Customs Regimes Special customs regimes are increasingly used by international supply chains, including bonded warehousing, temporary import/export regimes, and duty drawback/refund schemes. • Monitoring of duty drawbacks and refunds through independent assessment of claims and certification of compliant beneficiaries; • Bonds / guarantees management as a sub-contractor to Customs to perform physical supervision related tasks on goods entering the country under bond / guarantee / exemption schemes; • Act as a contractor to Customs to manage clearance process in special / export processing zones when Customs administrations don’t have the capacities available locally (for instance in-land SEZs/EPZs); • Bonded warehouse supervision to monitor compliance with regulations through physical and documentary checks.