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Are you paying too much tax on your clinical supply shipments?

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Sharp Clinical Services – in conjunction with David Miller of The Customs People – will demonstrate using real examples, how Sharp can support you to optimise your clinical trial supplies into and out of the UK, from both non-EU and EU locations. Learn how to minimise your tax exposure on shipments and get to grips with your import/ export regulatory obligations. We will discuss the tax landscape as it is today as well as the impact that Brexit is likely to have on your tax obligation in the future.

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Any business that moves goods into and out of the UK needs to be aware of the rules that will impact taxes payable when goods move cross a border. Although many products in the clinical trial industry are not subject to import duties, other taxes such as VAT can be applied, adding an additional – and often unnecessary – 20% cost to the shipping of goods.

Sharp Clinical can either act as your ‘Importer of Record’ in which case all applicable charges will be passed through or alternatively, we can offer you expert tax advice in conjunction with our partners, to guide you through the process of reclaiming VAT. 

This webinar will cover:

  • Imports into The EU – The position today
    • How import duties and VAT taxes apply in moving goods into the EU now;
    • Simple practical steps to ensure that costs are understood, factored in and most importantly minimised, especially VAT;
    • What practical assistance is available;
  • Movements Between EU countries [UK > EU and vice versa]
    • What high level requirements there are in moving goods around the EU;
    • How taxes can be minimised now in moving goods around the EU;
    • Practical steps to consider
  • The Position Post-Brexit
    • An overview of the current situation with regards to Brexit [as it stands];
    • How this will impact the current situation;
    • Practical steps which can be taken now;
    • What practical assistance is available;

Our Speakers


David Miller
Customs Expert, The Customs People


Ian Morgan
General Manager, Sharp Clinical Services

About Sharp Clinical

Sharp UK is based in South Wales and is the European hub of our Clinical Services division. Following a successful inspection by the MHRA, Sharp can now offer a range of clinical trial and commercial services from the £9.5 million facility including primary and secondary packaging with low humidity control, labellingstorage and distributionQP services as well as controlled drug storage.

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