Customs compliance is different from Customs law. Compliance is, of course, built on Customs law, however it is more focused on the implementation than on the study of the law. So how should we define Customs Compliance?
A Customs compliance audit can be stressful as Customs officers are sitting in your office examining your documents and goods. As Customs controls increasingly move away from the border to business premises, Customs audits have become the mechanism to check traders comply with Customs regulations. Businesses should be prepared to ensure the audit is as smooth as possible.
Customs compliance is about knowing the law that is applicable to your export or import, understanding the provisions, meeting your obligations and keeping evidence that you have duly followed the rules. In the spirit of simplification, we have prepare a crib sheet of 10 steps to Customs Compliance that will lead you toward compliance. You can explore Customs compliance further in our article What is Customs Compliance?