Nowadays, there is an increase in activity of customs authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan within post-customs control, through performance of on-site customs audits of customs applicants.

As a rule, in the course of audits customs authorities check the correctness of customs cost determination for the imported goods, definitions of HS code and, respectively, rates of customs duties, and also about observance of conditions of the procedures such as temporary import, processing in the customs territory, the free economic zone, etc. that calls amounts of taxes and customs duties into question in case of customs registration. Customs audits can result in additional charge of tax amount and custom duties; also it could result in a fine or penalties, which can be objected by companies.

The complexity of customs disputes consists, in our view, in specific nature of the branch of the law, dimension of the customs legislation, which is subject to frequent changes, imperfection of norms and lack of a uniform and consecutive practice of their application by customs authorities.

GRATA Law Firm’s experience in disputes with state authorities regarding, in particular, performance of fiscal obligations, allows us to objectively estimate legitimacy of application by customs authorities of norms of the customs and tax legislation and validity of the additional charges of the amounts of taxes and duties, as well as to protect interests of companies before customs authorities in judicial instances.

GRATA is glad to offer services in all categories of customs disputes:

  • representation and protection of interests when appealing results of customs audits: notices of the additionally charged amounts of taxes, customs duties and fines, in particular:
  • disputes on the correctness of determination by a customs applicant of customs cost of goods;
  • disputes on the correctness of determination by a customs applicant of the product classification by HS code; 
  • disputes on the legitimacy of application of benefits on VAT for import and the customs duties;
  • disputes on observance of conditions of customs procedures such as temporary import, processing in the customs territory, etc.;
  • representation of interests during administrative proceedings and the appeal of resolutions of customs authorities about imposing of official penalties;
  • appeal of other actions or omissions, as well as conclusions of customs authorities.
  • successful appeal in court of additionally charged amounts of customs payments, duties and VAT for import of 95 mln Tenge with respect to a mining company;
  • successful protection of interests of a FMCG company in courts in appealing the results of customs audit regarding royalty inclusion into the customs cost of the goods for the amount of over 1 bln Tenge;
  • representation of interests of a brewery in courts in appealing the actions of customs authorities on refusal in offset of earlier paid amounts in the account of the forthcoming payments;
  • successful representation and protection of interests of an uranium company in customs authorities of Kazakhstan on the correctness of calculation of customs payments, customs duties and VAT for amount of 80 mln. Tenge.

 

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В Каспийском Университете прошли гостевые лекции с GRATA International

С 10 по 16 ноября 2017 года Каспийский Университет принял юристов GRATA International в качестве лекторов по актуальным темам.

15.11.2017

GRATA International has been recognised as an ‘outstanding’ law firm according to Asialaw Profiles 2018

We are proud announce that GRATA International has been ranked as an Outstanding Law Firm by Asia Law Profiles 2018

14.11.2017

GRATA International organised a Doing business in Kazakhstan seminar in Atyrau

On 13 November 2017, in celebration of 20 years of GRATA International in Atyrau, we organised a Doing business in Kazakhstan via a Joint Venture and Consortium seminar.

14.11.2017

GRATA International in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

As a further step in GRATA International’s strategy designed to provide a comprehensive coverage in the Eurasian region, we are pleased to announce the expansion of our Mongolian desk into a significant presence in Ulaanbaatar.  Absolute Advocates, a full-service law firm, has started operating as an associate firm of GRATA International with effect from November 10, 2017.

13.11.2017

Shaimerden Chikanayev Took Part in the Round Table ‘Strategy 2025’

On 7 November 2017, a round table ‘Strategy 2025’ was held in Almaty.

13.11.2017

GRATA International Took Part in the Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers

On 2-3 November 2017, the XII Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty. GRATA International took part in the Forum as speakers.

13.11.2017

Doing business in Kazakhstan seminar

On 13 November 2017, in celebration of 20 years of GRATA International in Atyrau we are organising a DOING BUSINESS IN KAZAKHSTAN VIA JOINT VENTURE AND CONSORTIUM seminar.

25.10.2017

Arzinger & Partners Associate office of GRATA International in Belarus “Climbed up” in the Rating IFLR 1000

And again October, and again the time of the rating IFLR1000.

In the company section of IFLR 1000 Financial & Corporate we have gone up and take a worthy place in Tier 2! Similarly, we are located in the section Project Development, which replaced Energy & Infrastructure.

25.10.2017

Associate office of GRATA International in Samara RBL became a partner of the large industrial park of the Samara region

Associate office of GRATA International in Samara RBL law office became a partner of the large industrial park of the Samara region

10.11.2017

Bakhyt Tukulov: "It's awesome to be a lawyer!"

On 10 November, Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner, Director of the Litigation Practice, will speak at the Caspian University.

24.10.2017

Tax Advising

Preparations are being made in Belarus for the introduction of a new institute in the consulting sphere - tax advising. Edict of the President adopted on September 19 serves this purpose by approving the Regulation on the activities of tax advisers in Belarus.

18.10.2017

GRATA International hosted a Termination of employment agreement seminar in Atyrau

On 13 October 2017, in Atyrau, at the Renaissance Hotel, GRATA International hosted a Termination of employment agreement seminar devoted to labour law regulation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

17.10.2017

Проверка российского контрагента перед сделкой

Статья управляющего партнера Ассоциированного офиса GRATA International в Новосибирске (Россия) USCONSALT Евгении Бондаренко о проверке российского контрагента перед сделкой.

17.10.2017

Как предъявить иск в суд к российской компании

Статья управляющего партнера Ассоциированного офиса GRATA International в Новосибирске (Россия) USCONSALT Евгении Бондаренко о соблюдении ряда обязательных требований при принятии процессуального обращения арбитражным судом Российской Федерации. 

17.10.2017

IFLR 1000 2018 recognised Shaimerden Chikanayev as a Highly regarded lawyer for Financial & Corporate law

GRATA International is delighted to confirm that Shaimerden Chikanayev has been endorsed as a Highly regarded lawyer for Financial & Corporate law following client and peer recommendations during IFLR1000's research process.

16.10.2017

GRATA International participated in the 19th German Economy Day in Kazakhstan

On 6 October 2017, the Union of German Economy in the Republic of Kazakhstan and Representative Office of the German Economy in Central Asia held the 19th Day of German Economy in Kazakhstan.

16.10.2017

GRATA International visited Almaty Invest - 2017

On 5 October 2017, the International Investment Forum - "Almaty Invest" - was held. The Forum platform annually incorporate about 500 high-ranking participants. 

13.10.2017

В Новосибирске прошла Межрегиональная практическая конференция для бизнеса «Государственно-частное партнерство. Просто о сложном»

11-12 октября 2017 года, ассоциированный офис GRATA International в Новосибирске ЮСКОНСАЛТ совместно с Правительством Новосибирской области и Ассоциации Юристов России организовали межрегиональную практическую конференцию для бизнеса «Государственно-частное партнерство. Просто о сложном».

19.10.2017

Construction of “Tashkent city”

For Uzbekistan 2017 was marked by numerous changes in the life of the country. The changes accelerated the development of business environment in the country, in particular in Tashkent city.

Строительство «Ташкент сити»

Одобрена концепция международного Делового Центра Ташкент Сити, который будет размещен на площади 80 Га в центре города Ташкент между проспектом А.Навои, ул. Олмазор, ул. Фурката и проспектом И.Каримова.

10.10.2017

Kazakhstan - Data Protection in the Financial Sector

Over the past 25 years Kazakhstan has developed its own financial sector, which is considered to be the most advanced in Central Asia. With the evolution of financial sector and the complexities of key players involved, the need for regulation of dealing with data arose.

13.10.2017

GRATA International hosts a Termination of employment agreement seminar in Atyrau

On 13 October 2017, GRATA International in Atyrau hosts a Termination of employment agreement seminar

05.10.2017

White-Collar Crime Practice

GRATA International is launching a new practice in Russia - White-Collar Crime. In keeping with GRATA International's practice of informing about important legal developments that might affect their business, we highlight the impact of criminal law on business in Russian Federation.

21.09.2017

Shaimerden Chikanayev and Bakhyt Tukulov will Speak at the Kazakhstan Legal Forum 2017

On 28 September 2017, the Kazakhstan Legal Forum 2017 will be held in Almaty at the Inter Continental Hotel. 

27.09.2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Mining Law 2018: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Mining Law 2018 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 

Major Economic and Social Developments in Uzbekistan

Uzbek government intensifies restructuring of the state apparatus by adding modern-thinking specialists to the management, alongside with radical improvements in legislation, directed to full-scale liberalisation, increasing trade turnover and development of local industry, attracting foreign investors, full transfer to market economy and overcoming such obstacles as corruption, restrictions for payment on current international transactions, tariff and non-tariff barriers.

25.09.2017

Aidar Sarymsakov took part at the Europe-Caucasus-Asia Forum in London

6-8 September 2017 Europe-Caucasus-Asia Forum was held (former CIS Local Counsel).

22.09.2017

GRATA International attended 4th annual Skolkovo Patent School

On 13-15 September 2017, “2017 Skolkovo Patent School” was held by the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow.

22.09.2017

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov took part at the Mining and Metals Working Group Meeting in Almaty

On 19 September 2017 Mining and Metals Working Group Meeting was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

22.09.2017

Shaimerden Chikanayev was a speaker at the International Scientific Practical Conference

On 21-22 September 2017, an International Practical Conference was held at the Caspian University in Almaty.

21.09.2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 

20.09.2017

Shaimerden Chikanayev to speak at International scientific conference about public-private partnership agreement in Kazakhstan

"Current problems of international financial and tax law" international scientific conference will be held on September 21-22 in Caspian University, Almaty.

20.09.2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018: Russia

GRATA International Moscow office contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018 with the chapter on Russia. 

19.09.2017

Shaimerden Chikanayev Took Part at the Workshop Titled ‘Practical Aspects of PPP Projects’

On 15 September 2017, the workshop on ‘Practical Aspects of PPP Projects’ was held in The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Almaty.


25.08.2017

Bolat Miyatov Has Rejoined the Firm after Completing Studies at Harvard Law

GRATA is pleased to announce that Corporate Partner Bolat Miyatov is again a part of our team.

25.08.2017

The Intellectual Property and Antitrust Review 2017: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan office experts became the contributors of the 2017 edition of The Law Reviews Guide to The Intellectual Property and Antitrust Review 2017 Kazakhstan

23.08.2017

GRATA International Attended the Finnish Energy Forum

On 15 August, Astana hosted the Finnish Energy Forum organised by Business Oulu, Planora, the Finnish Power Club, the Association of Finnish Energy Companies, and Astana Expo-2017


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