Forwarders are increasingly taking on
responsibilities which require a detailed knowledge
of Export Control ( see Export Control FAQs)as well
as the finer points of Customs law. But goods cannot
be correctly classified without a very detailed
knowledge of the Strategic Export Control List and
UK/US/ EU and UN sanctions.
Few Exporters are aware that they must by Customs
law keep their forwarders up to date with the Export
Control Classification of their goods as well as
normal customs data such as Origin. This exposes the
goods to seizure and both forwarder and exporter to
penalties from the UK Border Force.
Tara's principal Consultants Alex McLoughlin and
Nigel Gibbon have successfully negotiated many such
Non Compliance cases direct with UKBA and HMRC at
local level as well as training export staff. They
have also mitigated penalties more formally
where Voluntary Disclosures were involved and/or
assisted lawyers representing non resident owners as
well as UK Exporters and forwarders.
lead consultant Alex McLoughlin has extensive
experience as Head of Trade and Regulatory Affairs
reporting to the Main Board Legal Director of ICL (
later Fujitsu-ICL) in London and Vice President
Trade Relations of ICL USA in Washington DC.
has dealt extensively with the UK and US
Governments. He interpreted UK, European, US Export
Control, International Trade and Customs legislation
for the whole Group worldwide as well as key
Customers and Suppliers .
1995 Tara Trade has successfully dealt with almost
all types of Export Control and Customs issues on
both sides of the Atlantic and throughout Europe, at
all levels from local issues up to and including the
have advised a large number of SMEs, Multinational
and High Technology companies of a dozen different
nationalities. Alex himself has also served for
some 14 years as a member of the VAT & Duties
Tribunal ( a part time Judicial appointment)
hearing appeals against HMRC in Customs cases. He
also brought to bear the marketing and management
consultancy training he received from The Boston
Consulting Group among others and his experience as
an Economist, Systems Manager and Tax specialist
a solicitor specialising in Customs and VAT.
previously worked in the Customs and Excise Solicitor's
Office, he is one of the UK's most experienced advocate
in VAT and Duties appeals, having represented HM Customs
more than 1000 times between 1988 and 1996.
qualified as a Solicitor in 1983, and spent 3 years in general
litigation practice in Cardiff before joining HM Customs in
London in 1986. In 1990, he set up the Solicitor's Office VAT
and Excise Division in Manchester, of which he was head until
1996, when he joined Hammond Suddards.
has handled every area of VAT and Excise liability, including
land and property, partial exemption, retail schemes, TOMS,
pyramid selling and finance as well as mainstream assessment
and Alex have worked in association for many years on
multi-million pound cases involving 7 countries.