What we do

Harwood Hutton is an award-winning firm of
chartered accountants with enormous strength in depth in
the areas of tax, audit and business advice

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Customs and Excise

Opportunities are out there for companies looking to expand their horizons and conduct more international trade.

The trick to maximising the potential is to have a proven customs and excise expert by your side, helping to hone your import/export strategy and guiding you assuredly through the minefield of rules and regulations.

If you run a business that buys or sells goods, materials, ingredients, semi-finished or finished, which cross the UK’s borders, then Harwood Hutton can give you the best possible platform for growth and profit.

We do this in a number of ways – some straightforward, some highly technical – but it really boils down to reducing your exposure to risk and making sure you can take advantage of whatever upside is available, including reliefs.

And our intimate knowledge of how tax authorities think and work will definitely improve your chances if you get caught in a dispute or are facing an investigation.

The four pillars of our customs and excise service are:


  • Supply Chain Planning
  • Duty Planning
  • Duty Reliefs
  • Duty Recovery


  • Tariff Classifications
  • AEO Certification
  • Inventory Control
  • Inward and Outward Processing
  • Customs Clearance


  • Audits
  • Risk Management


  • Tax Authority Investigations
  • Dispute Resolution


Leo Donovan on the international dimension to Harwood Hutton's indirect taxation advisory service.


Gerry Myton talks about some of the major issues surrounding VAT, Customs and Excise with Brexit looming large on the horizon.

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Client Testimonials
  • I always get quick, clear and definitive responses from the Harwood Hutton tax team – commercial answers to commercial issues.

    Robin Berry – Morgan Management
  • Right from the outset Harwood Hutton gave us direction and great advice – and that advice has evolved over the years as we’ve grown. We’re both medium-sized companies providing a bespoke service – one furniture, one accountancy – and the relationship works.

    Andy McCarron, McCarron and Co
  • I’m deeply impressed with Harwood Hutton’s extensive knowledge of tax arrangements for residential and commercial property landlords.

    Qadeer Ahmed, MD, ABA Finance
  • They really took their time to understand what was important to us and our business and the expertise we required. Whoever we speak to at HH, we get the same fantastic response and technical input. It’s a real partnership.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
  • I have worked with the directors at Harwood Hutton on a number of mutual client matters over many years. The reassurance of their clear, commercial and focussed advice is one of the main reasons I regard this as one of my most valuable professional relationships.

    Frank Wessely, Partner, Quantuma LLP
  • Harwood Hutton never seem to rest on their laurels. They are always seeking out new avenues and ways to improve their offering. A very forward-thinking company with staff who are always well briefed and who approach each task with drive.

    Karl Austen, MD, Surefoot Communications
  • We have engaged Harwood Hutton in several areas of structuring, including VAT issues, decoupling an SPV from a group structure and HMRC clearance for a transaction. The team have exceeded all expectations by being proactive, measured and very thorough.

    Adam Fawsitt, Director, FHT Limited
  • We moved to Harwood Hutton as they delivered a succinct and professional proposal. If anything, we have been more impressed post-move. They are a fantastic company to work with. They do truly differentiate. They have the skills and capabilities of a mega firm but with a personal service.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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