The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is aimed at protecting victims of slavery and
human trafficking. The requirement for large organisations operating in the
UK to produce an annual slavery and human trafficking statement, setting
out how they are preventing slavery and human trafficking taking place
within their business and in their supply chains, came into force on 29th
As a small business we are not legally obliged to report on slavery and
human trafficking, however, we still feel the need to publish a statement to
reassure our customers that we are committed to eliminating acts of
modern-day slavery and human trafficking within our business and supply
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern
Slavery Act 2015.
Organisational structure, business, and supply chains
Customs Connect Limited was founded in August 2009 by Neil Sheppard to
provide high quality Tariff Classification and Duty Suspensions consultancy
services to industry.
With success, the company further added to its expertise and in 2016
expanded into to providing Planning & Compliance, Export Controls and
VAT consultancy services.
Our wide range of services are all designed to maximise client’s profit and
by combining our expertise and knowledge with our dynamic approach to
assisting our clients we strive to deliver successful projects on a largely
contingent fee basis.
We have generated many millions in savings for our clients over our
business life span and our success remains attributable to a firm
commitment to quality.
We are an independent company operating within the UK & EU.
Our business comprises of consultants and associated support based at
our Head Office, above address.
Our supply chain consists entirely of providing support systems to our
business, such as finance, payroll, IT systems & support, telecoms, HR,
health & safety, professional certifications and essential subscriptions for
customs legislation, training, or process.
As our product is consultancy and digital analytical services, we do not
have a connected network of supply chains and procurement within our
business to deliver a physical product to a client and therefore low risk.
Policy on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human
trafficking in any part of our business.
This policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in
all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective
systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking
place anywhere within our business.
We consider ourselves to be a ‘low risk’ business with regard to slavery and
However, we foster a culture that encourages the identification and
reporting of any such risks within our business.
We recruit and vet all our employees either directly or through recruitment
agencies who are members of the Recruitment and Employment
We do not recruit or use agency workers.
Assessing and managing risk
We have an AML policy and process in place and as part of our efforts to
identify and mitigate risks within our business, we have introduced
screening software, Descartes visual compliance system to identify, assess
and monitor potential risk areas.
Effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking.
To ensure that all those in our supply chains comply we vet our suppliers
through our AML onboarding procedures and screening software, and we
require our suppliers to confirm that they have a slavery and human
trafficking policy in place and that they require the same from their
suppliers. We do take into considerations if they are a small business and
are not legally obliged to have a policy statement.
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