Technical Expertise of industrial products controlled by the customs administration










                      WHO ARE WE ?


Technidouanes is a company founded by Albert Castel in June 2010 to provide technical case by case for any chemical, plastic, ceramic, petroleum, mechanical, electronic, metal ... and all other industrial products requiring a declaration to Customs for the application of the customs tariff, export control and energy and environmental taxation.

The assistance of an expert with both sound scientific knowledge and good regulatory experience Customs procedure is often necessary in order for the undertaking concerned not to make errors in its declarations; and that it defend themselves if it is in order to avoid blocking its commodity and heavy financial penalties. In both cases, it can hand over to Castel customs private expertise to explain the nature of its goods and justify its statement on a regulatory basis.

The Albert Castel service offering aims to publicize the activity an expert in industrial products controlled by the customs administration that mainly performs this purpose for four years at the request of reporters, as an independent consultant, member of the National Company of MCTH Experts.






Tariff classifications

Description of a material resulting in its tariff classification, used in case of control by customs or appeal to the conciliation commission and customs expertise (CCED).


Motivation probative of a claim in case of tariff classification error by the declarant.

Binding Tariff Information

Technical and pricing expertise of goods to reduce the délivance period of this document (RTC), or in case of subsequent administrative appeal to a disagreement over the classification given by the Directorate General of Customs.

Economic regimes

Description of the relevant industrial operation, indicating the "rate of return" from the conversion efficiency and signaling the presence of by-products and waste recoverable or non-recoverable.

Suspended duties

Technical explanation to justify the creation of subheadings of the Community Integrated Tariff (TARIC).


Technical Reviews (particular destinations, standards, prohibitions, industrial property ...)



Dual-use items

Description of a product of high technology, not used for the"weapons of mass destruction", showing, if that is the case, it does not appear in Annex I to Regulation No 428 of 5 May 2009 amended by delegated Regulation EU 2015/2420 of 12 October 2015 the European Commission and it is not likely to be subject to Article 4 (1) of the Regulation (so-called catch-all clause). Learn more about: 

Embargoes Iran, North Korea, Syria ...

Precise information on the nature and use of equipment exported to one of these countries indicating if that is the case, it is not concerned by the restrictive measures imposed by European regulation under a resolution of the United Nations Security Council.

U.S. Export Control

Study of a material (or technology) to which an ECCN code of Commerce Control List (CCL) annexed in paragraph 738 of the Arms Export Regulations (EAR) and integrated into a EU-made equipment and showing, if this is the case, it is subjected to control rules for US Export Control or dual use Regulation

License applications

Description of the technical characteristics of a product subject to an application license and its actual use, justifying his civilian employment; or assistance in filing global license applications to facilitate the export of sensitive products.






Petroleum products

Technical assistance in case of exemption request from the domestic consumption tax on energy products (ICT) for kerosene used in the formulation of an industrial product; or when there is a mixture containing biofuels which it is difficult to appreciate the amount of the tax.

Natural gas (TICGN) and fuel oil

Description of the manufacturing process for an exemption from the domestic consumption tax when used natural gas or fuel oil for dual use (combustion + reduction or mineral processing).


Technical assistance in the event of exemption from domestic consumption tax demand on coal, lignite and coke-called "carbon tax" (TICC), when these products are used as raw materials in the chemical industry and not as a fuel.



Dangerous products

Recommendation on the implementation of the CLP Regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures; and for applying the Regulation which established the PIC procedure (Prior Information Consent) on phyto-pharmaceuticals, biocides, disinfectants, insecticides, parasiticides ...

Regulated chemicals (REACH)

Expertise on a mixture (preparation) or article containing one of the substances registered to the European Chemicals Agency, showing, if that is the case, it is consistent with REACH.

Waste (TGAP)

Technical study on the recycling of waste in industrial production in the event of exemption or repayment of the general tax on polluting activities (TGAP).


  Albert Castel



Albert Castel assists foreign trade operators, and reporting of energy products, dangerous or polluting: either to facilitate administrative procedures (including statements) or to defend their interests in case of disputes with the customs administration.

He is a partner in the consulting firm AltaPrisma and provides practical training organized by this company on:

- Tariff classification

- Economic schemes

- Dual use goods

- Energy products

For further information:  Tel : 00 33 6 60 63 05 07


Albert Castel is part of the network of independent consultants Cadres en mission by agreement of April 23, 2010.

As a member of the National Society of MCTH experts, specializing in customs expertise, it is part of the Cercle de réflection douanière Collin de Sussy and the Observatoire des règlementations douanières et fiscales (ORDF).

Insix years of professional activity, either by delivery contracts managed by the Company Executives Mission, whether through direct and timely orders from its customers, Albert Castel has successfully completed numerous technical expertise to opportunity to challenges notably:

  • incorrect tariff classifications by Customs for chemical preparations, medical accessories, faucets of equipment, automation equipment; specific mechanisms, electrical equipment;
  • unmotivated refusal of exemption from domestic consumption taxes natural gas or fuel oil in mineral and organic industries;
  • excessive application of Regulation No 428/2009 modified free materials for export, as suspected dual use items (or simply suspected of subversive or military use) and unfairly blocked at customs.

Albert Castel is present on the following professional networks:


He was a member of the scientific staff of the Service commun des laboratoires (SCL), jointly attached to the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DGDDI) and the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control ( DGCCRF).

After an engineering career at the Laboratory of Paris, he was scientific advisor to the Directorate General of Customs and Excise; then special advisor to the General Secretariat for Defence and National Security (SGDSN)); and, finally, laboratory director, head of electronic products and dual-use goods.

It was therefore the expert of the customs administration for tens of years for the classification of high technology products in the list of dual-use goods in the Combined Nomenclature and the Common Customs Tariff.

Since May 2010 he has a consulting business, privately, on the implementation of import regulations, export and indirect tax (energy and environmental) on behalf of interested companies. It has a service contract, renewed annually for five years, to assist a large multinational company on customs issues of a technical nature, including rankings in the Harmonized Description and Coding System (HS) of raw materials, by-products, waste and finished products traded between its subsidiaries.

His explanations are communicated directly to companies in difficulty (consecutive to excessive power by the customs administration), or through their lawyers gave rise to infringement notification withdrawals revisions binding tariff information, for reconsiderations of decisions blockages customs free materials for export, or judgments favorable to the defense of the courts and courts of appeal.

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Updated: July 2016


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