KIAP has successfully defended interests of a large foreign company in a dispute against Baltic customs

KIAP has successfully defended interests of a large foreign company in a dispute against Baltic customs

Internal analysis of foreign trade activities of the client discovered that the goods imported in 2014 could be classified on another tariff code of the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature, consequently the company has a right to reimburse customs duties and taxes paid previously.

The customs authority denied to accept the company’s application for tariff code changes in customs declarations released in 2014 and also left undecided the application for refund of customs duties and taxes.

The client decided to initiate a dispute in the State Arbitrazh Court of St.-Petersburg and Leningrad region and submitted an application in order to find the customs’ decision illegal and to oblige the authority to refund overpaid customs duties and taxes. 

However, the dispute on the case А56-74249/2016 was closed by termination of court proceedings inasmuch as the Baltic customs agreed with the company's legal position on the case and refund litigious duties and taxes before the court took a resolution. 

KIAP partner Alexey Sizov managed the case at all stages.

Customs and International Trade

KIAP's Customs and international trade section offers a full range of legal services in the area of customs law, administrative and legal representation in disputes with customs authorities, and advice on the application of and compliance with the relevant legislation. The practice is headed by Partner and Attorney at law Alexey Sizov, personally recommended by the international legal directories Best Lawyers 2021 (in three areas: Customs and Excise Law, Litigation, Trade Law) and Who's Who Legal 2019 (Trade & Customs), as well as by Russian Pravo-300 (Foreign trade/Customs Law and Currency Regulation) and "Kommersant" (Customs and International trade), who has extensive experience in settling and litigating disputes with customs authorities and advising on various aspects of customs law and IMEX. Among the practice's clients are major Russian and international retailers and manufacturers.

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