Unless an international trader has authorised access to the Customs Handling of Imports and Exports Freight (CHIEF) system, they will be unable to process import (or export) customs declarations. This means that, by necessity, most traders have to rely on third party agents, such as freight forwarders, clearance agents and other registered parties, to correctly declare goods on their behalf.
However, just because the work is completed by an agent, this does not absolve the trader from the responsibility of ensuring that declarations are made correctly. Regardless of who does the work, the importer (or exporter) is solely responsible for whatever happens. The agent only has negligible liability placed on them when something goes wrong. So, what happens when an appointed agent fails to make the right declaration? HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) can, through their audit system, actually identify when a mistake has been made. If this mistake (inadvertent or otherwise) has resulted in a shortfall of tax payments being made to the UK Treasury, then one of the functions of HMRC is to collect any outstanding amounts.
This can have serious implications for an organisation’s profit margin and cash flow.
Consequently, and partially to avoid the above scenario, but also to try and cut down on their workload caused by incorrectly completed entries, HMRC are keen that traders are aware of all declarations made on their behalf. The simplest and least expensive way that traders can do this is by ensuring that for every import and export made by them, they have copies of the corresponding import and export entries (C88) and that these are checked manually by someone in the organisation to ensure that the correct entry has been made.
Please note that this information, plus other accounting paperwork, needs to be kept for certain minimum periods to comply with statutory legal requirements. Most organisations keep records for 6 years, but it should be remembered that, in the event of a criminal investigation, trader’s records dating back 10 years may be used as evidence. Any record kept must be accurate and up to date; legible; readily accessible whether held on paper, computer, microfiche or microfilm and be available for inspection at all reasonable times.
Sometimes, however, traders find that Import and Export Entry declarations are not readily available from their agents, so (for a charge) HMRC can supply most of this information direct to the trader via their Management Support System (MSS). The MSS is an interfacing database with the CHIEF system and contains archived data for all cleared customs declarations for imports and exports. This data, which is collated under an organisation’s EORI number, includes information such as entry dates, commodity codes, Customs Procedure Codes (CPC), values of goods declared and taxes paid, and can be delivered electronically via e-mail (to a nominated person in the organisation) in the format of a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.
There are two things that should be noted about this system. First, not all information available can be released by HMRC, especially items which might compromise HMRC control activities. Secondly, in agreeing to this method of communication, HMRC are not liable to the trader for the security of the information once it has been transmitted via e-mail on the Internet.
If a trader does decide to sign up to this system, then they must do so for a minimum of 12 months. However, it is possible to have a single sample of one month’s import and export data made available without charge, to enable traders to assess whether or not the scheme is of benefit to them. The address to contact about this scheme is
Excise Customs Stamps and Money
10th Floor Central, Alexander House,
21 Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea,
Essex, SS99 1AA
Its also possible to obtain copies of individual entries from the MSS team. The amount of information supplied is limited, which is why it is known as a Partial Entry, but the information supplied is usually the most pertinent. Data is held in the CHIEF MSS Database for 4 years only, so any enquires need to be made within this period. To request a copy, a Partial Entry Request form needs to be completed and sent (along with an original signed letter on business headed paper of the company owning the relevant EORI number) to the MSS Team at the above address. Both these documents must be signed by a responsible person of the business i.e. Owner, CFO, CEO, Partner, Company Secretary or Director.
This form, as well as additional information about the MSS scheme, can be downloaded from the HMRC website. Go to the Import and Export page and scroll down to the bottom to CHIEF. Enter this page and scroll down to the bottom to Management Support System (MSS) trade information.
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May 11th, 2013 Unfair competition, exploitation of foreign workers, and dangerous situations on the road, these are just a selection from the stories included in survey forms on the future of the transport sector completed by some 3000 Dutch truck drivers. In recent years I ve heard a great deal about the problems faced by truck drivers, says SP Euro-MP Dennis de Jong, but the outcome of this enquiry is nevertheless shocking. Six out of ten do not believe they will be able to continue to drive trucks for a living, given the problems in the sector.
The broad enquiry was filled in by almost 3000 drivers over a period of six weeks. Questions concerned such matters as the drivers financial circumstances, safety on the road, the use of the digital tachograph and the future of the transport sector. Nearly all of the drivers said that they were proud of their work, but that they were at the same time faced with enormous problems. Seven in ten said that their financial position had worsened in recent years. The degree of distress is shown by the support expressed by two-thirds for an extension of the working of the unpopular tachograph by the addition of a location function to prevent misuse.
The results of the enquiry will be collected into a black book which will be presented to European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas. The Commissioner stated at a recent meeting with De Jong and other MEPs that he was looking forward to seeing this document and accompanying proposals for improvement. As well as the black book I ll be giving him a list of concrete recommendations relating to existing European rules and for possible new standards, says De Jong. The rules governing cabotage, for instance the taking of a completely domestic route by a driver from another member state must be tightened up and certainly not relaxed, as Kallas favoured in the past.
The drivers were careful to point out in their answers that although many of the problems were linked to competition from eastern European drivers, they did not blame the drivers involved for this, but argued rather for a tougher approach to the firms which often hire them on illegal terms and without regard to the prevailing labour agreements in the sector. Nine out of ten Dutch drivers see massive differences between their remuneration and that of the eastern Europeans. The drivers are confronted on the roads with what is happening to their eastern European colleagues, says De Jong. Sometimes the eastern Europeans are forced to wait for days in a layby with too little money to be able to afford to go to the services to get something to eat, which means they have to cook for themselves on the layby. There is sometimes no provision for sanitation on these laybys and if there are any toilets and washrooms they are often broken or filthy as a result of constant use. It s clear to everyone that these drivers aren t getting rich.
The drivers point above all at the numerous forms of false construction used by the abusive firms. One in eight has been given the choice during the last year between the sack or accepting a new contract via an employment agency, says De Jong. This is known as the Cyprus-route : the drivers are employed by a box number company and from that moment onwards have to put up with much worse working conditions. Social security and pension rights no longer come under the laws of the Netherlands, but those of the state where the employment agency is established. This is illegal, but very little is done about it, in part because such employment agencies aren t properly registered. By means of a central registration system and a few simple measures, such as insisting that the company in question has parking space for every one of its registered trucks, you could really tackle these practices.
A quarter of the drivers gave examples of false self-employed workers who in reality drive the year round for the same firm and who do not own their own truck. Often, they do not have the required papers. Numerous drivers who took part in the survey named Dutch haulage companies which take advantage of such illegal constructions. It would be good if the labour inspectorate could keep a closer eye on these firms and make more unannounced checks, says De Jong. This would require a radical reversal of the Dutch government s policies, because as things stand we re still seeing massive cuts in inspections, for example with enforcement contracts which mean that a firm may no longer be obliged to submit to inspection if it s properly followed the rules for a few years.
A last point which is causing huge annoyance is the feeling amongst Dutch drivers that they are picked on by the police and fined when abroad because they are known to be able to speak the language and because they pay up promptly. This shouldn t be happening, De Jong says. Fines should be levied because the rules have been broken, irrespective of whether or not it s going to be easy to collect. So I d also like to see clear agreements between traffic police services in Europe, that checks must be objective with no discrimination based on the colour of the registration plate.
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Penalty marks the final chapter for EPA cleanup action near Flathead Lake from hauling accident(Denver, Colo., May 7, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Keller Transportation, Inc. (Keller) has agreed to pay penalties totaling $83,500 to settle Clean Water Act claims related to a 2008 tanker truck spill approximately 500 feet from the shores of Flathead Lake and within the exterior boundaries of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Nation. The tanker spill resulted in more than 6,300 gallons of gasoline entering springs along Flathead Lake, impacting groundwater as well as the lake. The proposed settlement addresses violations of the Oil Pollution Act, which prohibits the discharge of oil to waters of the U.S.
Truck accidents can have a significant impact on the environment and in this case caused a threat to public health, said Mike Gaydosh, EPA enforcement director in Denver. This penalty serves as a strong reminder that every effort must be taken to avoid accidents and spills when hauling hazardous materials. EPA will take necessary steps to protect the public.
The tanker truck accident occurred on April 2, 2008 and was determined to have been caused due to excessive speed around a curve on Montana Highway 35 in Lake County, Montana, resulting in the second tanker trailer striking a rock embankment causing the trailer to rupture. Gasoline from the tanker discharged onto the embankment directly up gradient from Flathead Lake, impacting the seeps, springs, and adjoining shorelines of the Flathead Lake. Fumes from the spill resulted in the evacuation of five homes along the lake for nearly a year.
EPA, in coordination with CSKT, has been working with Keller on the clean up at the site since April 2008. In May 2008 and amended September 2008, EPA issued an administrative order to Keller for the remediation activities that were necessary at the site. Remediation activities have included installation of air abatement systems in the affected homes, ongoing air monitoring, removal and appropriate disposal of contaminated soil, and installation of a groundwater collection trench and permanent water treatment system to treat the contaminated groundwater.
Annual air monitoring has indicated that the abatement systems are working properly as there have been no identified indoor air violations in the affected homes in the past three years. Groundwater sampling shows that the area of contamination is decreasing, but there are still high levels of contamination in the main spill pathway. Keller will continue to operate the water treatment system under the requirements of EPA s administrative order until such time as EPA determines that appropriate clean up levels have been met. Keller has complied with all the cleanup requests that have been required by EPA.
For more information on the Oil Pollution Act requirements:
- ^ http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/lawsregs/opaover.htm (www.epa.gov)
- ^ http://epa.gov/oem/content/reporting/index.htm (epa.gov)
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If anything, there is one undeniable fact about the second staging of the vaunted Mint 400 by the Martelli brothers and Mad Media. This group not only appreciates the value of history, but they also do very admirable job of integrating that past into today s present.
A perfect example of this is the Mint 400 Show N Shine that graces the entrance to the race s huge Tech and Contingency activity on Las Vegas Fremont Street. Thanks to the hard work of many teams and crews, along with the organization of NORRA,nearly a dozen historic vehicles made up an impressive and very popular display of rolling off-road history.
Here s an exclusive RDC review of the General Tire Mint 400 Show N Shine.
Parnelli Jones/BFGoodrich Chevy Blazer
Without question this thundering black and gold beauty was the day s showstopper.
Parnelli Jones originally built it this black Chevy Blazer in the mid-1970s for General Motors into one of the most iconic vehicles in off-road racing history. The late Frank Scoop Vessels and then Don Adams subsequently raced it before storing it in Colorado for decades.
Now owned by Mint 400 veteran Cameron Thieriot, the Blazer was made famous in ABC s Wide World of Sports coverage of the 1980 Baja 1000.Thanks to impeccable a ground-up restoration by Thieriot and Sean Hoglund, the famed BFG Blazer now glitters thanks to its famous paint and graphics package, along with that unmistakable aluminum wing.
It is being prepped to run down the Baja once again at April s GT NORRA Mexican 1000, driven by the late Vessel s son Kash, Adams and even Malcolm Smith, who co-drove the car with Adams to a 1983 Baja 1000 class victory.
Vehicle: Chevy Blazer Unlimited Class 2
Owner/Driver(s): Cameron Thieriot (owner). Drivers Kash Vessels, Cameron Thieriot, Don Adams, Malcolm Smith
Prep by: YT Motorsports (Sean Hoglund)
Engine: Chevy 430 HP small block
Trans: Art Carr Turbo 400
Rear End/Drivetrain: Custom Parnelli Jones-built live axle rear end
Sponsors BF Goodrich, American Racing, Earls, Art Carr, Baker Precision, Bilstein, K&N, PCI
Mickey Thompson Challenger IV
Built in 1977, Challenger IV was the brainchild of none other than the Speed King, Mickey Thompson. Always the innovator, while everyone else in the off-road racing world was building VW-powered race cars with 10 of wheel travel, Challenger IV was built with a monster V8 and suspension travel that nearly doubled its competition.
On the rear of Challenger IV you ll find 41 shocks, unheard of in those days, or even until the mid 1980 s. The innovation from this vehicle can be seen in the form of shock, tire and suspension technology in today s off-road racing vehicles. Challenger IV was raced from 1978 to mid 1980 until it was replaced with the more advanced Challenger V.
After Mickey and Trudy s untimely death in 1988, Challenger IV made its way up to Eugene, Oregon. It remained there for the past 17 years, sitting in a loft, waiting patiently for its current restoration by owner Rory Ward. Ward has made impressive strides in the car s uber complex restoration, and is looking forward to running it in the 2014 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.
Vehicle: Mickey Thompson Chevy Challenger IV
Owner/Driver: Rory Ward
Prep by: Rory Ward
Engine: Chevy 383 small-block
Trans: Two-speed Power Glide
Shocks: King-built retro shocks
Rear End/Drivetrain: Henry s Magnesium Dana 60 by Sandy Cone
Years Raced at the Mint: 1978, 1979 and 1980.
Sponsors: MasterCraft Safety, Ironclad gloves, Wilwood brakes, Allcoat powder coating, King Shocks, C&R Racing, Collins Motorsports, Turn 2 TV
General Tire Class 5 VW Baja Bug
This beautiful vintage unlimited Volkswagen Class 5 Baja Bug was originally built in 1981 by the talented hands of the iconic Ed Frisk. The car was revamped by Jimco in 1988 for Hernquist/Lund Motorsports before becoming a General Tire factory sponsored vehicle from 1989 1992.
The VW s biggest success came in the HDRA short course events, including earning a victory in the 1990 Off Road World Championships. It was also a two-time Hot VW s magazine feature car.
Rebuilt in time for the 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000, owner Bill Hernquist has returned the car to its original yellow, black and white livery for the 2013 NORRA four-day run down the Baja peninsula.
Vehicle: Volkswagen Class 5 Baja Bug
Owner/Driver Bill Hernquist
Prep by: Racer Services
Engine: Major Performance 2180 cc VW Type 1
Trans: PowerBox VW Bus 091
Shocks: Fox Racing Shox
Years Raced at the Mint: Several times
Sponsors: General Tire, Fox Racing Shox, Racer Services, Hernquist & Associates.
General Tire / NORRA 1984 Ford Bronco Retro Pace Truck
Originally built as a Baja prerunner over 20 years ago by desert racer Lee Patton, this retro-themed 1984 Ford Bronco is now owned by off-road veteran Ron DeWolf.
This Bronco was retrofit especially for the 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 by DeWolf and Brian Coats Motorsports to serve as the event s official pace truck. Outfitted with a retro yellow, white and black General Tire graphics treatment, the Retro Pace Truck provided VIP rides to key General Tire personnel for the 1,000-plus mile rally. It also served as a camera and equipment transportation vehicle for the film crew producing the Baja Social Club documentary.
Now a highly popular and visible icon of the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000, fans up and down Baja will enjoy seeing this bright yellow Bronco for years to come.
Vehicle: 1984 Ford Bronco
Owner/Driver: Ron DeWolf
Prep: Brian Coats Motorsports
Engine: Ford 351 Windsor
Trans: Ford C-6
Rear End: Sandy Cone
Sponsors: General Tire, American Racing Wheel, KC HiLites, MasterCraft, MSD Ignition, NORRA, Azunia Tequila, Broadway Glass and Mirror
Snortin Nortins 1971 Chevy Nova
Brought back to life before the 2011 Mexican 1000 in just 30 days, the infamous Snortin Nortins Nova has become an iconic symbol of the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.
Originally built by Larry Tunnell and Mick Newton of Parker, Arizona (who owned the Snortin Nortins t-shirt shop), this unique off-road racer was a SCORE Class 6 car that ran many events during the 1980s. Veteran off-road competitor Rick Johnson, who saved it from a tough second life as a mud racer, rediscovered it in Louisiana. With the help of crew chief Matt Dowland, the Nova found its way into the hearts of a third generation of off-road fans.
Now driven by Jim Riley and Johnson, this Chevy Nova has won its class for two consecutive Mexican 1000 s (2011 and 2012).
Vehicle: 1971 Chevy Nova
Owner: Rick Johnson
Drivers: Jim Riley/ Rick Johnson
Prep: Matt Dowland
Engine: Chevy 350
Trans: Turbo 350
Shocks: Fox Racing Shox
Rear End: Dana 60
Sponsors: General Tire, Azunia Tequila, American Racing Wheels, Maxima Racing Oil, KC HiLites
Westhem Racing TimeRider GMC Class 8
Originally built in 1981 by the iconic Precision Preparation Inc. for Jeff MacPherson, this famous Class 8 full-size race truck soon became the property of Michael Nesmith. Nesmith, in case you don t recognize the name, was in the The Monkees television show and pop band. Nesmith raced the truck under the TimeRider nickname for many years, in deference to a movie he worked on with the same name.
The truck was then sold to Dave Westhem, who raced with Bill Holmes to an upset victory in the 1987 Baja 1000. Westhem and co-driver Randy Salmont went on to form a factory GMC Class 8 race effort, with the TimeRider eventually being used as a reliable prerunner before being sold.
With the advent of the NORRA Mexican 1000, Westhem and Crew Chief Tony McCormack reunited with the truck so it could undergo a complete restoration and race prep. Resplendent in its GMC factory red, silver, black and white paint scheme, TimeRider is now a fixture at each year s NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally.
Vehicle: 1980s GMC TimeRider Class 8
Owner/Driver: Dave Westhem (owner/driver), Randy Salmont
Prep: Tony McCormack / Darryl Putnam
Engine: Chevy 430 cubic inch V8 by Leon Patton
Trans: Turbo 400 by GearWorks
Rear End: Solid rear end by GearWorks
Sponsors: BFGoodrich, American Racing Wheel,
1981 Class 7 Dodge D50
This beautiful new NORRA Mexican 1000 restoration was originally constructed in 1982 by off-road legend Sandy Cone. Completely TIG welded and described as a sister truck to Roger Mear s original Class 7 Datsun, this D50 Dodge was commissioned by Dodge and original owner Jerry Mallicoat.
It was raced for many years, including several appearances at the Mint 400. Thanks to original co-driver Mike Meeks, current owner Dana Dague found the truck in 2012 near Canyon Lake, California. Nearly one year later, this prime example of a vintage off-road racer will hit the dirt once again as part of the 2013 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.
Owner: Dana Dague
Drivers: Mike Meeks/Jerry Mallicoat/Morley Willams
rep by: PalapaBoy Racing, Huntington Beach, CA
Engine: 3.2 Dodge by Jerry Mallicoat
Trans: Steve Culhane
Shocks: Rancho/Deaver Springs
Rear End: Sandy Cone
Years Raced at the Mint: 1984, 1985 and 1986
Sponsor: PalapaBoy Racing
1974 Spencer Low Datsun Truck
While much of the earliest days of off-road racing were focused on Jeeps, Broncos and assorted VW-powered sedans and buggies, this early Datsun pick-up was a pioneer in terms of the mini-truck movement so popular from the 1980s until today.
Built by soon-to-be factory racer Spencer Low, this humble Datsun started its life as a brand new production 4 4 truck modified for off-road racing. Sponsored by Low Manufacturing, one of the sport s original performance parts suppliers, this Datsun saw competition in the desert, short-course and even the sand drags.
In 2012 current owner Dana Dague retrieved the very rough racer from Parker, Arizona after Low agreed to turn over the keys. An extensive restoration, complete with old school hand lettering by Jimmy Richardson, have transformed the old veteran into this modern jewel of history. It will run again at the 2013 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.
Owner/Drivers: Dana Dague/Spencer Low
Prep by: PalapaBoy Racing, Huntington Beach CA
Engine: SLR; Maxed Performance Huntington Beach, CA
Trans: Maxed Performance, Huntington Beach, CA
Shocks: Fox Racing Shox
Rear End/Transfer Case
Front End Precision 4-Wheel Drive (Warren Baird)
Driveline Drivelines Incorporated, Mission Viejo, CA
Wiring BDR (Brian Dague)
Paint Precision Powdercoating, Santa Ana
Lettering Rich s Signs (Jimmy Richardson)
Suspension Deaver Springs, Santa Ana
Sponsor: PalapaBoy Racing
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