As we ring in a new year, you are probably looking forward to finalising a potential merger, acquisition of joint venture target. You go through your checklist one last time and all looks great, you did your due diligence and everything looks good to go.

However, if the target company has manufacturing plants in customs controlled zones, is trading goods across borders, has a large footprint in several countries in Asia where laws and processes are not so transparent, and is trading goods using free trade agreements, don’t you want to ensure that any potential areas of exposure there are identified? Do you know the potential consequences that Customs could have on your new business if there is non-compliance?

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