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Our annual gathering for European customs and trade compliance professionals.

This year, discussing pressing aspects of Free Trade Agreements, COVID-19 impact, Brexit, Digitalisation, Outsourcing and various internal process topics relating to customs compliance in Europe.

Speaker Panel includes:

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

Mr. Michael Schäfer, Partner, Deloitte

Mr. Pablo Muniz, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis

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

Mr. Henk Hartman, Senior Manager Indirect Tax, Thermo Fisher Scientific

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

Mr. Tamas Toth, Head of Global Customs and Foreign Trade, Ivoclar Vivadent AG

Mr. Christian Struck, Head of Customs, Wacker Chemie AG

Mr. Makram Gharsallah, Customs & Trade Compliance Manager, Axalta

And other specialists in the area of Customs compliance in Europe.

♦ 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. Michael Schäfer, Partner, Deloitte

Michael Schäfer is 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 Schäfer started 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

Focus topics

•EU Customs law
•Preferential trade agreements
•German / EU export controls
•Customs processes and organisation
•Customs & trade systems in logistics
•Audits and review projects

Focus industries

•Industrial products
•Process industries
•Aerospace & defense
•Consumer products
•Technology Logistic Service providers

♦ 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 Commission and 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. 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. 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. Henk Hartman, Senior Manager Indirect Tax, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Mr. Tamas Toth, Head of Global Customs and Foreign Trade, Ivoclar Vivadent AG

Mr. Christian Struck, Head of Customs, Wacker Chemie AG

Mr. Makram Gharsallah, Customs & Trade Compliance Manager, Axalta

Should you wish to join our esteemed speaker panel at this event, please contact Mr. Alex Terry on

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

♦ Update: EU Customs current issues and future of existing and new FTAs: opportunities, challenges and uncertainties

♦ A session related to the latest developments around the Brexit negotiation

♦ Status and progress of the UCC Work programme on electronic system

♦ Outsourcing of services on customs and trade e.g. classifications, origin, etc.

♦ Exploring customs compliance ROI’s landscape

♦ Preparing for post-COVID government audits – IT, programmes, training, audit capacity

♦ Panel Discussion: trade policy after the pandemic, lessons learned for the future

♦ Exporter determination – difference between Dual-Use regulations and UCC

♦ Customs specific KPIs and data – making customs measurable and increasing value proposition

♦ The effect of retrospective transfer pricing adjustments on declared imports

♦ Sound Customs Compliance programme – focus on liaising with the general compliance efforts of the organisation and being included in the overall compliance risk management

♦ Digitalisation and customs on an E2E approach

♦ Round table discussions – 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.

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.

At E2open, we’re creating a more connected, intelligent supply chain. It starts with sensing and responding to real-time demand and supply constraints. Bringing together data from customers, channels, suppliers, contract manufacturers and partners, our collaborative and agile supply chain platform enables companies to use data in real time, with artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive smarter decisions. All this complex information is delivered through a single pane of glass that provides a clear view across the supply and demand ecosystem. E2open is changing everything. Demand. Supply. Delivered. Visit

Full 2-Day Conference Ticket Price for 1 person

including the Company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 1399 euros

Virtual 2-Day Conference Ticket Price for 1 person – 800 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.

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Conference Venue 

Steigenberger Parkhotel

Königsallee 1A,

40212 Düsseldorf,


Conference Accommodation

Arrival: 02.11.2020

Departure: 04.11.2020

Room Rate:  superior single room incl. breakfast and VAT – € 179 per room/night 

Check In: From 3 pm on the day of arrival 

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

The allotment is available untill 30th of October 2020.  The reservation can be made using the keyword Nielson Smith. A free cancellation for individual reservations is not possible after reservation. 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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