Established in 1991, Blackburn Croft & Co (BCC) is a firm of Trade and Customs consultants providing advice and solutions to business on a wide range of trade-related commercial and public policy issues in Australia and New Zealand.
The firm is based in Auckland, New Zealand and through its affiliations is able to offer clients the services and resources of similar firms in Asia, Europe, United States and Canada.
Blackburn Croft & Co are specialists in Customs and trade law and actively represent clients in trade actions in both Australia and New Zealand.
A multi-disciplined and experienced staff is one of the key ingredients in being able to provide clients with innovative approaches and cost effective solutions. BCC has hands on experience in the development and administration of government policy, and the interaction of that policy with business. This practical expertise is a valuable tool in developing persuasive arguments to convince policy makers of a preferred course of action. BCC's staff includes holders of law, economics, science and accountancy degrees.
The deregulation and restructuring of the worldwide economy and the proliferation of trade agreements has emphasised the need for companies to minimise costs imposed by legislation affecting trade.
That legislation can also be used to obtain a competitive advantage.
The administration, application and development of trade related legislation is as important as the cost of a raw material or an improvement in productivity. Those companies which understand this will continue to enhance the competitive and strategic position of their businesses. BCC is a consulting firm, which delivers an important input to companies seeking to maintain and improve profitability.
After a career as a research economist and lobbyist for the manufacturing sector, Jules Croft has been advising on trade and Customs matters prior to and since the establishment of Blackburn Croft & Co. He has recently been involved in a number of anti-dumping investigations in both Australia and New Zealand. His areas of expertise include Customs valuation and regulatory issues involved with the movement of goods.
He has taken issues to the Customs Appeal Authority and Select Committees. His work in Australia has required representations to Politicians at the Federal and State levels.
Following a period working as a commercial lawyer, Jeff Blackburn has spent more than 30 years advising corporate clients on Customs and trade-related issues. He has developed an expertise in anti-dumping, subsidies, Customs valuation, transfer pricing, Rules of Origin, tariff classification and other regulatory barriers to trade.
Mr Blackburn has appeared before numerous Parliamentary Select Committees, has taken a variety of issues to the Customs Appeal Authority and has provided litigation support for a number of cases.
He liaises closely with key officials in the Customs and trade area of Government, which provides clients with the necessary access to decision makers when required. Mr Blackburn assisted the New Zealand team with respect to the Economic Cooperation Chapter of the AANZFTA negotiations.
Mr Blackburn has carried out numerous assignments in the Pacific Islands for the Forum Secretariat. This work has involved engagement with officials and private sector organisations in the majority of the Pacific Island Countries, and the subsequent completion of reports for consideration by Ministers.
Jenny O’Donnell has been involved in trade advisory work since 1986. Ms O’Donnell’s detailed knowledge of the policy and administrative practice relating to the entry into Australia and New Zealand of goods has resulted in reduced duty liability and substantial duty refunds. In advising companies on the different thresholds required to comply with preferential entry into New Zealand and Australia she has put in place strategies to ensure the success of rationalisation proposals. Responsible for the research element in a wide range of economic and financial analysis she has been involved in the development of numerous projects relating to the pricing behaviour of competitors.
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