Global trade advisory

Effective management of global trade decisions and obligations is an important – and sometimes overlooked – factor in a company’s global supply chain. Crucial to a multinational groups success today is the efficient integration of customs and international trade processes into its overall business goals, tax and supply chain management. Deloitte's global network of customs and global trade specialists help businesses meet their legal and regulatory requirements in a cost-effective manner.

Export controls

Deloitte's export control practices comprise multidisciplinary, multilingual teams of lawyers, consultants, ex-government officials and industry specialists, combining years of experience in global export controls. Our professionals are experienced in U.S. export controls and extraterritorial restrictions, as well as local and regional export regulations. Deloitte has a strong reputation for its knowledge in encryption controls and participates in international thought-leadership activities in this field. Our export control teams work with clients to review current compliance processes, assist with large scale, multi-country classification projects, provide training, help develop or enhance existing compliance programs, and implement automated solutions to support internal controls. Our teams' specialisations includes both dual-use and military controls.

Trade compliance and controversy services

Companies are facing an increasing number of compliance requirements imposed by the countries in which they operate, as well as more rigorous enforcement by tax authorities. Deloitte offers efficient, cost-effective customs and global trade compliance services including co-sourcing and outsourcing options. We help companies manage risk and provide timely and transparent reporting through the application of technology based solutions. This can help improve data management data integrity and accuracy. When controversies arise Deloitte provides tax authority audit or litigation assistance, advice and reports.  


Deloitte's customs and global trade teams include lawyers, accountants, auditors, customs brokers, economists, former government officials, and industry specialists. We advise companies on both fiscal and non-fiscal regulations duties, taxes and penalties related to non-compliance, as well as consequences such as complete import or export stops (e.g., REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, Authorised Economic Operator and others). Deloitte professionals help companies with a variety of customs and global trade related needs including post-merger integration support by tracking duty risks and potential tax deductions and in helping to identify consistent support for what is an "arm's length" or "fair" value for both customs and transfer pricing purposes.

Business model optimisation

Companies are looking for a sustainable competitive edge. Deloitte's Business Model Optimisation (BMO) professionals work as part of integrated teams consisting of consulting, enterprise risk and tax specialists. We help businesses pursue cost efficient global trade transactions that comply with the myriad of trade regulations around the world. Deloitte's approach to optimising business models and supply chains considers both import and export requirements, which helps companies manage incremental duty/trade costs and/or supply chain interruptions. It also offers companies an opportunity to rationalise their customs and global trade processes and a sustainable competitive edge through increased efficiency.

Customs and global trade diagnostics

Deloitte offers a combination of flexible, innovative technology and strategic advisory services to help clients efficiently manage customs and international trade business processes, assess compliance risks, and identify cash flow opportunities. Customs & Global Trade Diagnostics delivers a systematic framework to multinational companies seeking greater transparency into trade data and compliance levels and pursuing stronger operational and strategic compliance measures covering classification, origin, and valuation. Enhanced customs and trade operations help free supply chain and financial staff to focus on strategic business objectives as well as help facilitate consistent diagnosis of customs and trade related risks and opportunities.