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NOERR_COMMERCE & TRADE

NOERR_COMMERCE & TRADE Trade has always overcome borders, whether between companies, countries or in the age of digital commerce between analogue and digital. Goods of all kinds can be bought and sold over the internet at any time and more quickly than by traditional channels, buyers can choose from a more diverse range, and dealers can promote their products more precisely. But the market participants‘ basic needs are still the same: while some expect correct information on products and prices and problem-free delivery, others expect their goods to be paid for in full and on time. The protection of customer data and transaction data is of importance for both sides. To ensure this, the conclusion of contracts in digital form on digital commerce platforms has to take place just as securely as in a classical sourcing agreement. E-payment systems have to function reliably and online-trading and stationary distribution have to be perfectly synchronised. Data on sourcing behaviour offers great potential, but may only be used in line with data protection rules; otherwise, there is a risk of sanctions and expensive disputes. The basis for the flow of goods is a wellfunctioning supply chain. Companies have to look closely at the processes at all levels of the supply chain – in sourcing, production, logistics and sales. Besides economic factors, environmental and social criteria are playing an increasingly important role. The aim is to achieve a sustainable optimisation of procurement and sales and distribution, for example by concentrating resources and outsourcing business processes without sacrificing quality or the integrity of business partners. And without risking breaches of national and international export and customs rules. Companies can only act profitably if they are able to cope with the legal aspects of these challenges as well. A partner who is familiar with their business and invariably assists them in overcoming legal and entrepreneurial barriers is a great help in this respect. / YOUR CHALLENGES 4

COMMERCE & TRADE_NOERR Our specialised team is there to help you along the entire value-added chain. From the development and implementation of innovative business models to the establishment and expansion of suitable sales, distribution and logistics systems – on both a national and international level. Our areas of expertise include: Establishment of distribution structures and distribution companies abroad • Support in applying for funding and obtaining licences • Advising on compliance with provisions for investment grants and European subsidy law • Clearance certificates for foreign direct investments • Selecting locations • Negotiations with national and local authorities Foreign trade law • Drafting contracts relating to EU and US sanctions (e.g. Russia); compliance advice on individual projects on the design and implementation of company and group-wide processes • Advising importers and producers on the introduction or review of anti-dumping duties; structural advice on avoiding anti-dumping duties • Support on the “reassessment” of approvals by customs authorities and on new developments in customs law and the Union Customs Code; providing legal assistance in the case of illegitimate actions by the customs authorities • Drafting contracts to optimise levies following changes in customs value law; legal assistance • Designing, implementing and performing audits and stress tests to avoid breaches against foreign trade regulations; contracts to secure and outsource processes; advising on procedures involving fines and regulatory offences 5 / OUR SOLUTIONS

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