01 July 2008

Goodbye and thanks for all the (ornamental) fish!*

Bureaucracy is not a science; it's an art. If you don't believe that I give you this quote from the introduction to the Intrastat Classification Nomenclature as thoughtfully provided by the UK Tariff and Statistical Office of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise:

"Another example is ornamental fish, which can, in theory, be classified under heading 0106 ('Other live animals') or heading 0301 ('Live fish'). However, on the basis of note 1a of Chapter 1 and the first sentence of general rule 3a, it is clear that ornamental fish are to be classified under heading 0301."

I am certain that you are all much relieved.

*With sincere apologies to the late, lamented and much missed Douglas Adams.

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