Customs Compliance in Europe 2018 conference, 6 – 7 November 2018, Dusseldorf, Germany

Our annual gathering for European customs and trade compliance professionals to discuss pressing aspects of UCC implementation, Brexit and other topics relating to customs compliance in Europe.

We started the 2017 conference with the phrase ‘It never gets simpler’ and developments over the last year has proven this true. Uncertainty over Brexit and uncertainty over the future direction of international trade relationships are clouding the horizon with automisation bringing its own travails and opportunities such as Blockchain, Robotics and AI ready to be taken up. It truly does ’never get simpler’ but there is light at the end of the tunnel, by attending this years Customs Compliance in Europe conference in Dusseldorf you will have the opportunity to discuss these matters in depth with your peers.

We cannot promise you answers but we can promise a room full of customs specialists eagerly seeking best practice and willing to share their experiences whilst open to learning. Unique in the conference world our conferences have been been designed to allow you to go back to the office with new insights and share these with your colleagues for up to twelve months after the event.

Speaker Panel Includes:

Mr. Pablo Muniz, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis 

Mr. Tesse Douma, Head of Global Customs & Export Compliance, Henkel

Mr. Michael Tomuscheit, Group Reporting, Taxes, Governance, Risk Management, Customs and Export Controls, BMW Group

Dr. Christian Struck, Manager Customs & Trade Europe & Africa, Lear Corporation

Mr. Frederic Jacquot, Head of Customs & Excise, Airbus 

Mr. Graham Ide, Head of Trade Management, Eaton 

Mr. Christian Schmidt, Regional Director Global Customs & Trade Compliance EMEA, Adient 

Mr. Steve Lowe, Central Customs Compliance Manager, BAE Systems plc

Ms. Carla de Labie, Senior Manager Trade Compliance EMEA, Logitech Europe SA

And other specialists in Customs Compliance.

Mr. Pablo Muniz, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis

Pablo Muñiz is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office. He has specialised in EU trade law since 2001, with a particular emphasis on EU customs law, including customs classification, origin issues, customs valuation controversies, export controls and sanctions. He regularly advises clients on multi-jurisdictional customs matters involving the European Commission, OLAF, and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Pablo represents clients before national customs administrations. His extensive experience extends to litigation before the EU and national courts. Recent cases before the EU Court of Justice include Case C-552/14 P Canon Europa v Commissionand Case C-553/14 P Kyocera Mita Europe v Commission, where the Court addressed the issue of whether economic operators could challenge the validity of EU customs measures directly before the EU Courts.

Pablo is widely published and regularly participates in training seminars organised by the WCO as an expert speaker on various customs matters, as well as other conferences in Europe, the US and South America. He is on the Editorial Board of the Trade and Customs Journal. He is recognised as a leading practitioner in his field by major legal directories, including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.

Mr. Christian Schmidt, Regional Director Global Customs & Trade Compliance EMEA, Adient

Christian is Adient´s Regional Director of Global Customs & Trade Compliance, responsible for EMEA´s Border Operations and Center of Expertise covering Export Control, Classification, Valuation and Origin. His focus covers operational customs excellence and effective implementation for foreign trade related projects in the Region.

He brings more than 13 years of experience in international trade serving different foreign trade roles including leadership positions cross industrial sectors, where he worked on implementation and developing efficient customs strategies as well as establishment of lean high professional organizational structures.

The EMEA Global Customs & Trade Compliance Organization is accountable for 21 Countries with more than 80 locations.

Mr. Frederic Jacquot, Head of Customs & Excise, Airbus

Frederic was for 11 years in the law firm Ernst & Young and was leading the French customs practice. He was part of the international customs network and was as such involved in multinational projects from automotive to textile including oil and aeronautic in customs, excises and VAT matters. Before that, he was working as assistant to the customs counsellor of French Customs in Washington D.C.

He joined Airbus in 2010 in Toulouse as customs director. From then, he has been working constantly to ensure customs compliance from transfer pricing issues with USA, in the deployment of new customs IT tools as in China or by implementing corporate customs policies.

Mr. Graham Ide, Head of Trade Management, Eaton

Graham Ide worked in HM Revenue and Customs for over 23 years, covering all areas from Inland Controls (both SME and LBG) to Frontier work.
After working as part of the Deloitte Customs team for 6 years, I joined Invensys who were acquired by Schneider Electric. I was responsible for supporting and advising business units in UK, Ireland, Nordics, Baltics and Middle East on all matters of import and export compliance. I was also a key member of the UK Exit team there. After 4 years, I joined Eaton as their Head of Trade Management EMEA.

Mr. Michael Tomuscheit, Group Reporting, Taxes, Governance, Risk Management, Customs and Export Controls, BMW Group

Michael Tomuscheit currently works as a Manager and Network Lead within BMW Group’s Strategic Governance and Risk Management Function where he is responsible for the area of customs, export controls and excise taxes. After graduating, he started his career within German Customs Authorities where he has worked as a Customs Inspector for 4 years, followed by a period of 6 years within Deloitte’s and Ernst & Young’s Customs Consultancy Practice as a Senior Manager. Prior to joining BMW, Michael worked for Intel Corporation as EMEA Trade Compliance Manager.

Ms. Carla de Labie, Senior Manager Trade Compliance EMEA,Logitech Europe SA

Carla de Labie studied Tax law on the Tilbury University and has a broad experience in Trade Compliance for already 20+ years. In the past she worked for different companies like logistics providers, consumer companies and as a customs consultant.  Her specialties are Customs Valuation, Classification, Economic customs procedures, Dangerous Goods and bonded warehousing. Currently she is the Senior Manager Trade Compliance for Logitech Europe S.A. In this role she is responsible for Trade Compliance for North and South America and EMEA.

Dr. Christian Struck,Manager Customs & Trade Europe & Africa, Lear Corporation

Dr. Christian Struckis a lawyer for customs and international trade law. He now holds a position as an in-house lawyer and manager for an international group in the automotive supplier industry. As a practitioner, he advises and coordinates on international supply chains with respect to customs and export compliance, foreign trade law, market regulations, preferences and origin, as well as to parts of foreign trade-related contract law. Christian is an author of several articles on customs-, export control- and tax-related topics as well as an author of the book ‘Product Regulation and Standards in WTO Law’ and a co-author of the book ‘UCC – Practitioner’s Edition’

Mr. Tesse Douma, Global Head of Trade Controls, Henkel

– Develop and execute internal customs and export compliance program
– Build AEO program to the global organization
– Develop and execute control plan for customs and export control and automation
– Sponsor global customs broker harmonization projects
– Drive customs innovation to automated solutions using business analytics
– Keen in finding new duty optimizations
– Trainer (EU-US) export control and Customs
– People manager (3 direct in Amsterdam, 2 indirect in Germany)
– Responsible global trade strategy Shared Service Center – includes 30+ people
– Member Trade Management Team

Mr. Steve Lowe, Central Customs Compliance Manager, BAE Systems plc

Steve is the Central Customs Compliance Manager for BAE Systems in the UK where he has worked for the past 21 years. After graduating in Transport and Distribution in 1988 he worked in the Freight Forwarding and European Road Haulage industries.

Although the vast majority of his time at BAE Systems has been spent in the Import and Export teams in the Military Air Division, he now has responsibility for Customs Compliance across all Air, Land and Sea sites. He has been involved in building a robust compliance culture within the company, including obtaining AEO accreditation and preparation for CDS and Brexit.

Mr. Stef Amling, Managing Partner, nControl

Senior Manager with 20+ years regional and global management experience. Areas of expertise includes: Customs Strategy, Union Customs Code, AEO Authorisation, Customs Transition, Program Strategy, Business Process Improvement, etc. Stefaan has served clients in multiple industries nationally and globally.

  • Part of the European Commission UCC program. Define, advice and assist the EU COM management in long term planning, strategy and implementations;
  • Lead consultant for business transformation strategy for European Customs Directorates-General (DG TAXUD);
  • Manager responsible for meeting strategic objectives by improving services;
  • Program Director of major programs in the Asian Pacific region;
  • Responsible for the successful implementation of major streams in demanding, complex environments both public and private;
  • Experience in bridging gaps between strategy and execution combined with strong organisational business transformation knowledge.

Topics discussed at the event will include:

♦ Brexit: consequences for export-import processes

♦ Free Trade Agreements: Integrated Sourcing, Local Content Strategies and current Developments

♦ Handling the strategies for one’s customs organisation to tackle upcoming regulation i.e. 2022 Centralised Clearing

♦ Importation of low value goods through e-commerce: customs value and OLAF investigations

♦ Automatisation potentials and challenges within customs and trade compliance (IoT, AI, Robotics, Blockchain etc.)

♦ Running an effective customs brokerage harmonization program

♦ Panel Discussion 

♦ Best practice in Special Procedures: inward processing for larger corporations

♦ Best practice in AEO SOPs and preparing for audits

♦ UCC – dealing with processes related to clearance of shipments

♦ Developing a customs compliance culture within an organisation

♦ Impact of current developments on importing into the US

♦ Round table discussions on the most pertinent topics brought up during the conference

Please contact your Nielsonsmith representative to discuss the programme in more depth.

MIC – Managing International Customs & Trade Compliance

One world, one market, one partner

MIC Customs Solutions is the worldwide leading provider of global customs and trade compliance software solutionsensuring efficient customs and trade compliance processes within the legal frameworks in 48+ countries on six continents.

Our 700+ multinational clients achieved tremendous cost savings and transparency in the customs supply chain through integrating and automating customs processes. MIC is the number one global customs software provider in the automotive industry reflecting its 30 years’ experience exclusively in this sector, and is strongly growing in other industry sectors as well.

MIC’s software products are offered as On-Premises or as Software-as-a-Service Solution (SaaS).

Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels with more than 30 years of experience in EU trade and customs law, specialising in trade defence instruments, investigations and export controls. The firm has an office in Geneva dedicated to WTO matters. With nearly 70 lawyers coming from 20 different countries, we offer our clients the support of a highly effective team of professionals with multi-jurisdictional expertise and an international perspective. Our expertise is focused and specific, resulting in deep experience within our specialisations, which include EU competition law, EU regulatory law and Belgian business law.

Who we are

At nControl, we combine our expertise of Customs Strategy with Business Transformation. Our experienced team members are working in consulting and customs since 1995 and they are closely involved with the implementation of the UCC. We support the European Commission with the strategy, approach and planning of the changes to this legislation and are therefore uniquely positioned to guide companies in the upcoming challenges.

Equally so for the changes that will arise from the Brexit. We at nControl guide companies in setting up the right approach to retain the UK market and even create a competitive advantage. As an example, we deliver expert advice and support on the process of applying for the AEO status.

Our Expertise

Customs Strategy

An excellent Customs Strategy can ensure that a company is not only aligned with the legislation but immediately positions itself in a more advantageous place on the market. nControl supports companies from being UCC and Brexit proof to optimizing their customs processes, maximizing profit and increasing their competitive advantage.

Guidance in AEO Authorisation process

Becoming an Authorised Economic Operator is an extensive and time-consuming activity, but due to the many benefits that companies with an AEO authorisation receive, it is certainly worthwhile and it will increase in importance during the UCC transition period. This is why nControl offers a service that takes care of the practical organisation of the application process, while you have access to our expertise in order to advise about the quality of the company’s answers. The AEO service can thus be handled faster, clearer and therefore cheaper.

Union Customs Competency Training Center

nControl can help you deal with the complexity of the Union Customs legislation by offering customs courses conform the EU Customs Competency Framework and Training Curriculum for the private sector. The level of courses vary from awareness to expert level.  At the end of each course the participants are receiving the accreditations of participation.

Customs Advice

When you have questions on how to handle a difficult situation when dealing with customs, you can count on the nControl expertise to give you accurate and up-to-date advice to enable you to make well informed decisions.

Deloitte provides audit, risk advisory, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries; legal advisory services in Germany are provided by Deloitte Legal. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. Deloitte’s approximately 264,000 professionals are committed to making an impact that matters.

Making an impact that matters. Every day we challenge ourselves to do what matters most – for clients, for our people, and for society. We serve clients distinctively, bringing innovative insights, solving complex challenges and unlocking sustainable growth. We inspire our talented professionals to deliver outstanding value to clients, providing an exceptional career experience and an inclusive and collaborative culture. We contribute to society, building confidence and trust in the markets, upholding the integrity of organizations and supporting our communities.

Full 2-Day Conference Ticket Price for 1 person

including the Company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 1199 euros

Please note, we will not charge VAT on this price. The price includes all sessions, lunch, refreshments and available documentation. Please contact us for Group Booking Discounts.

Conference Venue

Steigenberger Parkhotel
Königsallee 1a | 40212 Düsseldorf, Germany


Arrival: 05.11.2018. Check In: From 2:00pm at day of arrival.

Departure: 07.11.2018. Check Out: Till 12:00pm (noon) at day of departure.

Room Rate: € 199.00 per room/night  incl. breakfast.

The allotment is available till 8th October 2018. The reservation can be made using the keyword Nielson Smith till 8th October 2018. A free cancellation for individual reservations is possible till 6pm at day of arrival. Late cancellations or No-Shows will be charged with 90% of the agreed room charge for the entire stay. Individual reservations can be made under the following contact details:

Tel.: +49 211 1381 0

Fax: +49 211 1381 592


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