Our annual gathering for European customs and trade compliance professionals.

This year, discussing pressing aspects of Free Trade Agreements, OLAF investigations, AEO, new VAT regimes, Brexit and various internal process topics relating to customs compliance in Europe.

Speaker Panel includes:

Mr. Pablo Muniz, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis

Mr. Michael Tomuscheit, Global Manager Customs and Export Control Governance, BMW Group

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

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

Mr. Jens Nilson, Trade Compliance Manager, Germany and Northern Europe, Oceania, and India, Xylem Europe GmbH

Mr. Roy van Montfort, Senior Director of Solutions Consulting, E2open

Mr. Michael Schäfer, Partner, Deloitte GmbH

Mr. Aaron Gothelf, Executive Counsel International Trade, GE Global Operations Legal ITC COE, General Electric

Mr. Antonio De Biasi, Aerostructures Division – Trade Compliance/Import Export, Leonardo S.p.A.

Mr. Patrick Schultz, Manager Global Accounts, Thomson Reuters

And other specialists in the area of European 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. Michael SchäferPartner, Deloitte GmbH

Michael Schäfer is a Partner and head of Deloitte‘s Global Trade Advisory (GTA) Team in Germany since January 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in customs and global trade matters. Michael Schäferstarted his career as auditor for the German customs authorities. Consecutively he gathered experience in industrial enterprises as head of goods dispatch and customs. He implemented export control management and customs systems and added during his time at SAP a profound knowledge in SAP ERP. He was responsible for the go-to-market for SAP’s global trade management solution (SAP GTS) in Europe. Before joining Deloitte, Michael worked as Consultant and was leading several IT-related customs & trade projects.


Master in financial administration (customs)

Master in business administration

♦ Mr. Roy van Montfort, Senior Director of Solutions Consulting, E2open

Roy joined Amber Road, now part of E2open, 6 years ago as a Solutions Consultant.

With more than 20 years of experience in the global trade industry, Roy has performed various roles within leading software solution vendors and logistics providers.

Roy has an extensive global trade consulting experience with a focus on Customs & Compliance, ICT Management, Business Consulting and Operational improvement, which complements previous work in Logistics Management Execution. Roles have included consulting, implementation, project management and Business analysis for customers across the world in different sectors, including automotive, high tech, retail, chemical industry and 3PL.

♦ 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. Michael Tomuscheit, Global Manager Customs and Export Control Governance, 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.

♦ 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. Jens Nilson, Trade Compliance Manager, Germany and Northern Europe, Oceania, and India, Xylem Europe GmbH

Jens Nilson is Trade Compliance Manager at Xylem, Inc., responsible for Customs and Export Control in Scandinavia, BeNeLux German speaking countries, Russia, India and Oceania.

He started his career in the German Navy as a Navy Officer and then joined the Logistics industry to become a freight forwarding agent.

After five years with logistics services providers, Mr. Nilson moved into the Telecommunications industry as a Transportation Manager. Over more than 10 years he held various Supply Chain positions within the Consumer Electronics and Infrastructure business of top players in this market and more and more increased the international trade compliance part within the functions he had.

In 2012, Mr. Nilson stepped into the Automotive business, serving as Global Head of Customs in a family owned German automotive and mechatronics supplier with global manufacturing presence in 11 countries on 4 continents.

Since 1stJuly 2015, Jens Nilson is Part of Xylem’s Corporate Responsibility organization, looking after Trade Compliance in parts of Europe, India , Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Antonio De Biasi, Aerostructures Division – Trade Compliance/Import Export, Leonardo S.p.A.

Born in the south of Italy, IT expert’s maturity in 1991, degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bari in 1999. Stage in Bosch Diesel Technologies experience in production of Common Rail high pressure diesel pumps, experience in plant design in Penta System factory in Bari, 5 years of experience in Alitalia in maintenance and overhaul of passenger aircraft (MD80, B737, MD11, B777), 12 years of experience in Leonardo (Ex Alenia) 1 year of production line experience, 2 years of warehouse management experience, 9 years of Trade compliance experience.♦ 

Mr. Patrick Schultz, Manager Global Accounts, Thomson Reuters

♦ Mr. Aaron Gothelf, Executive Counsel International Trade, GE Global Operations Legal ITC COE, General Electric

The agenda is prepared by and for industry professionals, and will include the most interesting topics, currently pertinent to the field:

♦ How Airbus is preparing for a No-deal Brexit 

♦ Latest developments in Free Trade Agreements – how do they work in practice?

♦ OLAF and the increased collaboration between VAT, Tax and Customs

♦ Digitalisation of internal processes

♦ Customs Compliance Management system

♦ Panel Discussion – AI in the classification process for customs tariff codes

♦ Customs Valuation

♦ Stay ahead on the market reducing costs, increasing competitiveness and managing risk on your global trade operations

♦ Best practice in customs data analytics

♦ Leonardo’s approach to Temporary imports, including PMI – Saving Vs Management Cost

♦ New EU VAT regime – vendor collection model

♦ Round Table Discussion – Round table topics to be chosen by the Speakers & Delegates from questions and answers during the presentations. An opportunity to talk informally peer to peer.

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

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.



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About Amber Road

Amber Road’s (NYSE: AMBR) mission is to dramatically transform the way companies conduct global trade. As a leading provider of global trade management (GTM) software and trade content, we help companies all over the world create value through their global supply chain by improving margins, achieving greater agility and lowering risk. We do this by creating a digital model of the global supply chain that enables collaboration between buyers, sellers and logistics companies. We replace manual and outdated processes with comprehensive automation for global trade activities, including sourcing, supplier management, production tracking, transportation management, supply chain visibility, import and export compliance, and duty management. We provide rich data analytics to uncover areas for optimization and deliver a platform that is responsive and flexible to adapt to the ever-changing nature of global trade.

For more information, please visit www.AmberRoad.com, email Solutions@AmberRoad.com or call +49 89 2000 3410.

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.

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading provider of news and information-based tools to professionals. With a focus on risk, legal, and tax solutions for corporations of all sizes, we provide the intelligence, technology, and expertise you need to solve your toughest regulatory, legal, and compliance challenges. For more information on Thomson Reuters, visit tr.com.

Full 2-Day Conference Ticket Price for 1 person

including the Company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 1399 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. Please note: “Vendor” companies may attend as sponsors only.

Conference Venue 

Steigenberger Parkhotel

Königsallee 1a

40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

Conference Accommodation

Arrival: 11.11.2019

Departure: 13.11.2019

Room Rate:  superior single room incl. breakfast and VAT – € 179.00 per room/night 

Check In: From 2 pm on the day of arrival 

Check Out: Until 12 pm (noon) on the day of departure 

The allotment is available until the 1st of October 2019. The reservation can be made using the keyword Nielson Smith until the 1st of October 2019. A free cancellation for individual reservations is possible untill 6pm on the day of arrival. Late cancellations or No-Shows will be charged at 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 

E-Mail: reservierung@duesseldorf.steigenberger.de 

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