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Consignments (Customs Clearance)

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will instruct Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to review its treatment of express parcels;(2) if he will make it his policy to support the principle of rapid customs clearance for urgent consignments in meetings of the Customs Co-operation Council;(3) if he will amend the Customs requirements for express parcels services to reflect the transit times demanded by the international business community;(4) what representations he has received regarding the Customs treatment of express parcel services; and if he will make a statement;(5) whether he has received a copy of the recent survey conducted by Peat Marwick into the Customs collection of duty and value added tax on items shipped by express mail; and if he will make a statement.