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Customs Compliance in Europe

Our annual gathering for European customs and trade compliance professionals, discussing topics ranging from Brexit and classification to investigation and enforcement.

Speakers include:

  • Mr. Christian Schmidt, Director, Global Customs & Trade Compliance EMEA,Adient
  • Ms. Carla de Labie, Senior Manager, Trade Compliance EMEA & AMR, Logitech Europe SA
  • Mr. Frederic Jacquot, Head of Customs & Excise, Airbus
  • Mr. Thierry Mottin, Global Senior Customs & Trade Compliance Manager, Auxitrol Weston
  • Mr. Jens Nilson, Director, Trade Compliance Europe, Xylem Europe GmbH
  • Mr. Pablo Muniz, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis
  • Ms. Selin Yavuz, Senior Proposition Manager, Thomson Reuters
  • Mr. Michael Schaefer, Partner, Deloitte

and other compliance specialists.

Mr. Christian Schmidt, 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 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.

Ms. Beata Kasperowicz, Customs Manager, Poland & Eastern Europe, PEPCO CEE

Beata is the Customs Manager Poland & Eastern Europe at Pepco CEE where she is responsible for customs clearance processes, managing customs brokers and creating customs division in Europe. Currently Pepco CEE is an European chain of 2300 discount shops located in 14 countries. On a mission to AEO compliance , she is focused on improving customs processes and showing a duty optimization possibilities.

Prior to taking on her role at Pepco CEE, Beata gained experience in Automotive and Building Industries as the EMEA Trade Compliance Program Manager at Bridgestone Americas. With over 20 years of experience in the customs industry, Beata has been working as an part-time advisor, trainer and lecturer for several years.

For Beata, helping others is the most rewarding part of her role. Outside of the office, Beata enjoys spending time with her family and playing squash with friends.

Mr. Jens Nilson, Director, Trade Compliance Europe, Xylem Europe GmbH

Jens Nilson is Director, Trade Compliance Europe at Xylem Europe GmbH – the regional headquarter of US-based Xylem Inc. – in Switzerland, responsible for Customs, Export Controls, and Anti-Boycott Compliance of the corporation in Europe. 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 1st July 2015, Jens Nilson is Part of Xylem’s Ethics & Compliance organization, looking after Trade Compliance in various geographies and for different business units.

He also led Xylem’s Brexit preparations, covering all aspects from Customs Declarations over Duty saving opportunities, HR topics, Product Conformity, to footprint- and projected revenue impact.

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

Ms. Maria Gaona Garcia, Foreign Trade Manager, Indra Sistemas

Mr. Thierry Mottin, Global Senior Customs & Trade Compliance Manager, Auxitrol Weston

Should you wish to join our esteemed speaker panel at the Customs Compliance in Europe 2021 Conference, please contact Mr. Alex Terry on

The agenda will look at topics such as:

  • Update from Brussels EU customs: current issues
  • Brexit – updates
  • Global trade strategies and tactics post-Brexit
  • US-China trade war: impact section 301 tariffs
  • The power of trade programs
  • Investigations on the EU and enforcement on the Member State levels: how are countries reacting to corporate mistakes
  • HS codes
  • Customs valuations: transactional value
  • Addressing challenges with different interpretations of “exporter definitions” for multinationals not headquartered in the EU
  • Free Trade Agreements and preferential origin” updates + latest practical usage

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Ms. Selin Yavuz, Senior Proposition Manager, Thomson Reuters

Selin has close to 15 years of experience in the Foreign Trade business where she was working as trade execution coordinator for import activities from order to plant delivery at Cargill and Barilla. Selin also has extensive experience in export operations and overall EU Global Trade landscape. Selin is now Global Trade Manager for Thomson Reuters Europe, where she supports all go-to-market activities with her expertise in Global Trade.

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 multijurisdictional 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.

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.

DeloitteDeloitte 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.

Mr. Michael Schaefer, Partner, Deloitte

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 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.

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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,


Accommodation allotment

Arrival: 8th of November 2021 

Departure: 10th of November 2021 

Room Rate: superior single room incl. breakfast – € 179,00 per room/night inc. VAT

Check In:From 3:00pm on the day of arrival 

Check Out: until 12:00pm (noon) on the day of departure 

The allotment is available until the 5th of October 2021. 

The reservation can be made using the keyword Nielson Smith.  A free cancellation for individual reservations is not possible later than 1 week prior to arrival date. Late cancellations or No-Shows will be charged at 90% of the agreed room rate 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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