In a globalised world, cross-border product development and the international sale of goods are key economic drivers. Customs and international trade law can present compliance hurdles for global companies. Laws and regulations must therefore be met with appropriate sensitivity. This is the only way to overcome the challenges of global trade and find the best possible operative and tax solutions for companies.
Our WTS experts assist clients with all matters relating to customs and international trade law, drawing on our extensive professional expertise and long-term practical experience in international consulting firms, the industry and financial management. Our consultancy services are competent, flexible and, above all, tailored to individual needs.
We also support companies through business partnering. In doing so, we take over operative customs responsibilities as part of a close working relationship.
- National and international companies from all sectors involved in the cross-border exchange of goods.
- Management, sales, purchasing, development, production, logistics, tax, legal, amongst others.
Our services in the field of customs and international trade include Customs Operations / Business Partnering and Customs Advisory:
Multinational companies must comply with numerous statutory provisions, which present them with major challenges. We help our clients overcome these challenges using a structured strategy that is tailored to their individual requirements.
Customs Operations / Business Partnering
Global mega-trends present many challenges to companies and their customs and tax departments: continuous new statutory regulations or the demand for greater transparency are just two examples. Added to this are the continuously higher demands on process implementation, technological progress, digitisation and demographic change, which all have an impact on the workforce.
Expectations of company customs departments continually increase. Not only should they meet stricter reporting requirements and lower compliance and liability risks, they should also ensure smooth integration into business processes - whilst all the time operating flexibly and cost-efficiently.
With our WTS business partnering model, we offer companies the chance to optimise and professionalise their customs departments with respect to these challenges, without governance and controls slipping out of the company's hands. With a highly qualified workforce, extensive tax expertise and many years of experience in tax business partnering, our WTS experts are a competent partner for a long-term, sustainable partnership.
When it comes to business partnering for customs, WTS can wholly or partly take over the functions of a company customs department. In doing so, we take care of operational activities, such as the preparation or completion of:
- Export declarations
- Import declarations
- Intra-community trade statistics
- Applications for special customs procedures
- Calculation and documentation of origin of goods and preferences
- Export certificates.
The specific structure of the partnership is developed jointly with the business partner and depends on the specific needs of the contracting company. It can go as far as a deep integration of WTS into the processes of the respective organisation.
In any form of business partnering, it is ensured that governance and control remain with the contracting company. This is ensured through clear reporting channels and regular updates. The company's customs representative is therefore always kept in the picture on all activities.
The foundation of our business partnering model is a combination of our consulting expertise in customs matters and our operational experience.