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A Voyage from the Past
and One for the Future


Mike Barlow - Khayyám Associates“Ocean Pirate” is owned by Khayyám Associates which is a consultancy run by Mike Barlow to provide advice on Customs and Excise related matters to the shipping, aviation and duty-free industry.   It was formed in August 1994 when Mike retired from a senior position in UK Customs and Excise after a career of thirty-three years during which he covered all aspects of the department's work.

The consultancy has a number of clients who are active in the field of passenger transport, cruises and sales of duty and tax-free/tax-paid goods and they have acted as technical advisors to the UK Travel Retail Forum, The Passenger Shipping Association, The Chamber of Shipping and the European Community Ship owners’ Association in Brussels.

The consultancy can advise on other topics including Community Transit procedures, Inward Processing Relief, CAP Refunds on Ship's Stores and arrangements concerning International and EU Cruises as well as Business Recovery Plans, Training and Staff Development and Induction programmes.