European Customs Practitioners' Conference

Law. Technologies. EU-UK TCA. Green cross-border trade. From the big picture to daily practice - for European importers, exporters and everyone involved in cross-border trade.

Let's meet in Vilnius, Lithuania on May 25, 2023! Online attendance is also possible. Registration will start in January 2023. The registration form and all the related information will be made available on the LCPA website.

The conference, including all the materials, will be in English language. Simultaneous translation to Lithuanian language will be available.

CEST - time in Vilnius

PROGRAMME 25.05.2023

8:00 - 9:00

Registration

9:00 - 9:10

Welcome address

9:10 - 11:00

LAW - WHAT ARE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND CHALLENGES FOR BUSINESS?

The development of mega-free trade agreements Prof Dr Hans-Michael Wolffgang, Head of the Institute of Customs and International Trade Law, University of Münster, Germany

'Hardening’ EU soft law Prof Dr Krzysztof Lasiński-Sulecki, Director of the Centre of Fiscal Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

How to navigate legal complexity and manage compliance? Michael Lux, Lawyer, Michael Lux BVBA, Belgium

Moderator: Enrika Naujoke, Director of LCPA, Lithuania

11:00 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 13:00

'EMPLOYING' TECHNOLOGY IN CUSTOMS AND BUSINESS - WHAT AND HOW TO?

TBA

Project management in customs IT projects Michael Tomuscheit, Managing Director, AWB Consulting GmbH, Germany

Classification of goods: pitfalls in the use of automation Christopher Matt, Managing Director, MA-TAX Consulting GmbH, Germany

Moderator: TBA

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

EU-UK TRADE AND COOPERATION AGREEMENT - WHAT WORKS, WHAT NOT, AND WHAT IS IN PROGRESS?

Double duty trap: issues of origin and status Zandra Horgan, Co-Founder, HFS Accountants, Ireland
Goods which are not purchased from the manufacturer cannot provide full proof of preferential origin. Goods lose Union status on leaving the EU and often cannot provide the proofs required for Returned Goods Relief (RGR). Does TCA need amendment?

Seamless border - is it realistic with a 24hr supply chain? Kevin Shakespeare, Director of Strategic Projects and International Development, Institute of Export & International Trade, the United Kingdom 
Brexit has introduced the idea customs clearance happening without stopping trucks or ferries. The future could see borders without any waiting for clearance. How is this possible?

Customs compliance - being prepared for a customs audit (focus on suppliers' declarations) Richard Bartlett, Managing director, Export Unlocked, the United Kingdom 

Moderator: Anthony Buckley, Chair of CKI Board, Customs Knowledge Institute, Ireland

16:00 - 16:30

Break

16:30 - 17:30

GREEN CROSS-BORDER TRADE - WHAT SHOULD IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS THINK OF AND PREPARE FOR?

TBA

TBA

Moderators: Dr Erika Besusparienė, Associate professor, Vydautas Magnus University, Lithuania and Monika Bielskienė, Manager in the Indirect Tax Team, PwC Lithuania

19:00

Let's meet for an evening event!

PROGRAMME 26.05.2023

Staying in Vilnius one more day? Let's explore the beautiful capital of Lithuania together! 
The plan of activities on 26.05.2023 will be made available in January 2023, as well as the registration form to the conference and all the related information.