Established in 1991, Blackburn Croft & Co (BCC) is a firm of Trade and Customs consultants providing advice and solutions to business on a wide range of trade-related commercial and public policy issues in Australia and New Zealand.
The firm is based in Auckland, New Zealand and through its affiliations is able to offer clients the services and resources of similar firms in Asia, Europe, United States and Canada.
Blackburn Croft & Co are specialists in Customs and trade law and actively represent clients in trade actions in both Australia and New Zealand.
A multi-disciplined and experienced staff is one of the key ingredients in being able to provide clients with innovative approaches and cost effective solutions. BCC has hands on experience in the development and administration of government policy, and the interaction of that policy with business. This practical expertise is a valuable tool in developing persuasive arguments to convince policy makers of a preferred course of action. BCC's staff includes holders of law, economics, science and accountancy degrees.
WHAT THEY DO
· Providing advice to parties in dumping and other trade remedy actions (subsidies and temporary safeguards) to industry in Australia and New Zealand;
· Solutions to problems incurred in the movement of goods; – rules of origin, customs valuation, duty concessions, tariff classifications, duty drawbacks, refunds and remissions, interpretation of trade agreements, advice on international trade and customs requirements, non-tariff barriers, standards and phytosanitary requirements;
· Advice on mechanisms to maintain and increase market share; competitor analysis;
· Economic and financial analysis, market research;
· Programmes to maintain and increase competitive advantage; labelling, standards, environmental regulations;
· Reducing importation/exportation costs; – auditing import/export documentation to minimise payment of duties and obtain duty refunds, structures to minimise the value for duty; advice on excise;
· Representations on legislation to parliamentary committees;
· Appearances before the customs appeal authority;
· Assisting law and accountancy practices in the practical application and administration of competition and trade and customs related law;
· Providing support to general litigation;
· Assisting in the formation of investment proposals;
· Advice on the interpretation and commercial application of trade agreements;
· Customs and VAT/GST matters.
· Provide advice on general customs and trade law.
· Represent clients in customs audits