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BTI and BOI: secure your imports and exports of goods

Anticipating risks with BTI/BOI

B.T.I. (Binding Tariff Information) and B.O.I. (Binding Origin Information) are 2 customs procedures that guarantee the importer or exporter against customs disputes:

Who is affected by these customs formalities?

  These formalities, recommended by customs regulations, concern companies located within the European Union that import or export goods to or from third countries.  Ces formalités, conseillées par la réglementation douanière, concernent les sociétés situées au sein de l’Union Européenne qui importent ou exportent des marchandises de ou vers des pays tiers.

The benefits of BTI/BOI


BTI and BOI:

Choosing ASD Group means choosing simplicity

Send us your mandatory documents, make them available on our servers or download the data and that’s it, your Intrastat is done.

ASD Group an take care of a customs request or an inspection prompted by a failure on the part of your customer/supplier to declare. Our tools enable you to cross-check all the data, guaranteeing your integrity in the eyes of the customs authorities.

BTI/BOI: specific information

Applications must be submitted prior to customs clearance, and BTIs or BCOs must be obtained before a customs dispute in order to be recognised and taken into account by the customs authorities.

It is therefore important to anticipate the analyses carried out by the customs services during inspections in order to avoid disputes, penalties and the possible blocking of imported goods in bonded warehouses.

More detailed information on the activity

Customs regulations, both in terms of taxation and trade liberalisation (production of specific documents, standardisation, prohibition, etc.), are based on the “country/product” pairing.

“Country” refers to the country of origin, not the country of provenance. The product is determined by a tariff classification.

Regulations vary according to these two factors; for example, the same product may be taxed differently depending on its country of origin.

It goes without saying that if one out of two pieces of information is incorrect, the importer is financially liable, and the consequences can be very serious.

Applications for BTI – Binding Tariff Information – and BOI – Binding Origin Information – must be submitted to the local customs authorities, but are managed by the national customs directorate of each country in conjunction with a specialised unit of the European Commission.

With regard to the rules of origin :

The rules of origin are complex. The BOI is strongly recommended when production takes place in several countries. In some cases, the origin goes back to the raw material; in textiles, for example, the origin of the yarn rather than the fabric is required for certain products. In other cases, it will be the percentage of production carried out in each country.

Anticipating customs actions

When goods are imported, if there is any doubt about either the origin or the tariff classification, the customs service will release the goods in order to analyse the accuracy of the data, which may result in the goods being held up in customs for several weeks while awaiting the results.

If it turns out that one of the two data items is incorrect, customs will re-establish the situation on the basis of the new data. An official report is then drawn up and the importer is given formal notice to pay the additional duties and taxes and/or to comply with the new requirements of customs legislation.

The BTI or BOI must be obtained before the goods pass through customs. In the event of doubt during a customs inspection, simply provide the BTI or BCR to avoid any disputes and release your goods.

The BTI and BOI are valid for 6 years and are recognised throughout the European Union, so you can import your goods with complete peace of mind via a port or airport as close as possible to your place of destination, and reduce your logistics costs (fiscal representation makes it easy to carry out these operations – contact us if necessary).

Product/BOI ratio

Obviously, there must be a direct link between the BTI and/or BOI. Requests are accompanied by technical data sheets and even samples if possible. An BTI and/or BOI can be used for several references if the variants do not affect the product itself.
For example: the same product in different colours, the product being the same, the BTI and/or BOI will be valid whatever the colour of the product.

Choosing ASD Group is a safe choice

ASD Group will study the dossier and carry out the preparatory work when the application is submitted:

Submission of applications, dispatch of files and any sampling required.
Follow-up of requests, archiving and conservation of samples.
Managing the validity and renewal of BTIs and BOIs.
Ongoing regulatory monitoring.
Customs experts at your service.

Choosing ASD Group is choosing simplicity

ASD Group consolidates all your BTI and/or BOI documents into a single database.

Very often, these types of documents are held by different international carriers. As they are valid for 6 years, it is very difficult to trace the origin of the request and the reasons for obtaining the data certification.

With our database dedicated to managing these customs formalities, the information is available regardless of the forwarding agents you use. What’s more, you remain free to choose your freight forwarding service providers.

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