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Glossary of terms

The following list shows abbreviations and terms used in this guidance and their meanings:

ACP African, Caribbean and Pacific states
     
     
  Group 1 Brunei Darussalam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
     
  Group 2 Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela
     
  Group 3 Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (SAARC)
     
  CAP Common Agricultural Policy
     
  CEMA Customs and Excise Management Act 1979
     
  CFO Central Filing Office
     
  CFSP Customs Freight Simplified Procedure
     
  CHIEF Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight
     
  BIS Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) formally Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR)
     
  EU The European Union Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom)
     
  EEA European Economic Area (includes all EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)
     
  EFTA European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)
     
  GSP Generalised System of Preferences
     
  MAGHREB Group name for Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia
     
  MASHRAQ Group name for Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria
     
  MSS Management Support System
     
  NAS National Advice Service
     
  NIDAC National Import Duty Adjustment Centre
     
  OCT Overseas Countries and Territories (the dependant territories of the Member States of the Community)
     
  SAARC The South Asian Association for Regional Co operation (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)