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DKM, a leading specialist in customs formalities, is starting a partnership with Tilleghem. CEO and shareholder Luc De Kerf, who has already managed a nice growth trajectory in recent years, remains on board as a significant shareholder. Together with Tilleghem, both further internationalization and external growth through acquisitions will be high on the agenda.
On Tuesday, 13/02/2024, EMCS will be upgraded to Phase 4.1 in all member states. EMCS is the customs platform for excise goods. Unlike the other new customs systems, this upgrade does not include a transition phase.
Following the crisis in Ukraine, the EU imposed new additional restrictive measures against Russia with an 11th sanctions package. Important in this package: the additional measures taken to prevent sanctions from being circumvented by imports through other countries. DKM Customs is happy to explain exactly what this means and what the consequences are.
A permanent customs representative? Does it really have that many advantages? Knowing all national and international regulations, avoiding risk management and thus fines, reducing lead times, mapping customs optimizations... That's work for specialists like DKM Customs. DKM Customs would like to give you 5 reasons why a dedicated customs representative can be a great added value for you too!
Technologies are nice, but as soon as they stop working, it's a different matter. NCTS (New Computerized Transit System) also needs a thorough update. To comply with the UCC, the transit document system must be updated. The NCTS-project falls under the umbrella of NCTS P5 (Phase 5) and is currently going live in Belgium on 11/29/2023. What all this means? DKM Customs is happy to explain it to you!
CBAM, a new European Union climate levy, is officially in the starting blocks. But what exactly does this CBAM mean? What is the purpose of this? And what changes will all this bring for you? DKM Customs is happy to explain it to you in concrete terms.
On October 31, 2022, the new CN nomenclature was published in the Official Journal of the EU. You can find the tables of the commodity codes that change from Jan. 1, 2023 at our useful documents.
DKM Customs is a big fan of sports. Football World Cup, Olympic Games, athletics games... We are always in the front row! We already knew that DKM sponsors the Borgerhout/GW korfball team, but now we also support triathlete Mike Ley. With a career spanning almost 20 years, Mike has already achieved a lot. That is why we would like to let him tell his story. So be sure to read on and enjoy!
A while back Customs received several questions regarding the preparation of customs declarations for cargo ex-Russia. These questions showed that it is not yet clear that no commercial release can be made for such shipments without the explicit prior approval of the customs services.
The competent authorities of the Member States and the European Commission decided that wood and wood products originating from Russia, Belarus and the militarily occupied territories of Ukraine can no longer be released for free circulation in the Union if the "due diligence system" was not fully completed by May 6, 2022.
In the context of the current sanctions against Russia, the General Administration of Customs and Excise developed a practical procedure for the import of oil and oil products in bulk from Russia or of Russian origin.
Were you still 100% convinced that phase 3 of the Brexit would not be delayed? Then we must sadly disappoint you, or make you very happy. The third phase of the Brexit normally started on July 1, 2022, but this date has been postponed once again. What this all means exactly and how this came about, we are happy to explain to you.
The COVID period ensured that, for a long time, it was not necessary to physically hand over original documents to the customs services unless this was explicitly requested. This measure has been scaled back. In concrete terms, this means that it is again compulsory to present original documents to the customs services physically from now on.
An anti-dumping measures on certain iron or steel fasteners originating in China is to be imposed as from 18 February 2022.
Have you been wondering whether the AEO certificate could be useful for your company? Would you like to have a handy overview of all the advantages of an AEO certificate? DKM will be pleased to provide you with everything you need to know about AEO certification, the various permits, and their benefits.
Since 2021, DKM has had a partnership with AP University of Applied Sciences. Thanks to this cooperation and through workplace learning, we train young customs clerks and teach them all the customs trade tricks.
From Monday, 1 November 2021, a new regulation applies for the collection of containers via CMA CGM under customs supervision that are in the ATO Temporary Storage Facility (TSF).
Sealogis Freight Forwarding Belgium is a subsidiary of Sealogis Groupe. The Belgian subsidiary is specialised in international transport, freight forwarding and logistics. And international transport involves a lot of customs formalities. Sealogis Freight Forwarding Belgium enlists DKM Customs' expertise for these formalities.
Do you want to import from or export to the United Kingdom? Unfortunately, there are many rules to be followed. To make these processes easier for you, we have compiled a list of everything you have to comply with.
Bij DKM Customs krijgen we regelmatig de volgende vragen voorgeschoteld: “Wat is het EUR1-certificaat en wat is de betekenis van dit certificaat?” Below, we clarify this as best we can.
Everyone has undoubtedly experienced it before: customs has selected your container for physical verification. During such physical verification, it is compulsory to be able to present a gas-free report. This is important to guarantee the safety of customs officials and quayside agents.
DKM Customs does not have an office in the Netherlands. For this reason, we have been cooperating with a partner in Rotterdam and Schiphol for many years regarding declarations in the Netherlands.
As soon as a vessel has been loaded on board, it is officially loaded for customs. The vessel’s departure date is irrelevant.
DKM BVBA has direct and fiscal representation. We will be pleased to explain to you in detail what this entails.
We investigated the various options for meeting the increasing demand from our clients for the possibility of customs clearance on camion. Due to the lack of our own ALUP permit and our current location, we had to look for an alternative. This resulted in a cooperation with Keurpunt.
Embassy Freight is a freight forwarder that unburdens clients who buy and sell goods abroad with logistics. Each transport is different; Embassy Freight focuses on the smooth running of all phases of the transport process, including the jumble of customs formalities. The forwarder can rely on DKM Customs' expertise and has done so for more than 15 years.
At DKM, we understand that our clients want to track and trace their dossiers themselves. and thus provide a free track and trace system.
New update: The British government has now announced that these new import rules and border controls will be postponed from 1 April to 1 October and 1 January.
To be able to import smoothly from the UK, the point of entry must have a valid customs location. The terminals in Antwerp and Zeebrugge have the necessary locations.


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