Speakers

9:10-11:00 LAW - WHAT ARE THE LATEST NEWS 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. Professor Wolffgang promotes academic research in the field of customs and advises on customs matters. Besides his academic activities, he is also co-founder of the AWB Tax Consultancy and AWB Legal Services Partnership, which specialise in customs, export control, VAT and excise law. He is a member of working groups of the European Commission and the World Customs Organisation, and various other advisory bodies. Professor Wolffgang is author and editor of a number of publications on customs and foreign trade law. 

'Hardening' EU soft law

Prof Dr Krzysztof Lasinski-Sulecki, Director of the Centre of Fiscal Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University and Member of the Executive Board, IFA Poland. Mr Lasinski-Sulecki is Tax and Customs Law Professor at the same university, tax advisor and legal counsel.

How to navigate legal complexity and manage compliance

Michael Lux, Lawyer, Michael Lux BVBA, Belgium. Mr Lux is advising and coaching persons involved in international trade on how to ensure compliance and how to save customs and excise duties, as well as VAT. Achievements include the introduction of centralised clearance (so-called single authorisations), the e-Customs decision, the elaboration of the Modernised Customs Code, contributions to the Union Customs Code, and successful representation of clients before national customs authorities.

Moderator: Enrika Naujokė, Director of LCPA, Lithuania


11:30-13:00 ‘EMPLOYING’ TECHNOLOGY IN CUSTOMS AND BUSINESS – WHAT AND HOW TO?

Digital transformation - Customs

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Project management in customs IT projects

Michael Tomuscheit is Managing Director of AWB Consulting GmbH, Germany, a company specialising in business consultancy on customs, export controls and VAT matter. AWB Consulting is part of AWB Group which furthermore includes a Tax Consultancy as well as a Law Firm. After completing his studies at the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences in Münster, Westphalia, Michael started his career in the senior ranks of the German customs administration. At the same time, he furthered his education by studying business law at the University of Saarland. As Senior Manager of customs consultancy at Deloitte and Ernst & Young, Michael advised national and international companies on all legal aspects of customs, excise and foreign trade as well as the implementation of customs and customs-IT projects. As Trade Compliance Manager at Intel and Global Manager of Customs Strategy and Governance at the BMW Group, he specialised in international project management in all areas of customs and foreign trade law. Thereby, he established and implemented process and organisational structures, risk management systems and customs-IT.

Classification of goods: pitfalls in the use of automation

Christopher Matt, Managing director of MA-TAX Consulting GmbH, Germany.

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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 is Chartered Certified Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser, Customs Agent & Adviser, based in Ireland. She is co-founder of HFS which offer Customs, Accounting & Tax services to a varied client base of multinationals to the SME sector. For many businesses, trading through a customs border for the first time is a challenge and Zandra has helped many upskill and thrive to regain their market share. Specialising in SPS clearances she works closely with clients and all government agencies involved.

Seamless border – is it realistic with a 24hr supply chain?

Kevin Shakespeare, Director of Strategic Projects and International Development at the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT), the UK. The director of the IOE&IT Academy and an approved UN international trade trainer, Kevin has developed several of the IOE&IT’s educational and training programmes including the Diploma in World Customs Compliance and Regulation. He has worked on trade initiatives with Invest NI, Scottish Enterprise, UK Export Finance, Saudi Export Development Authority, among others, and is also the dean of the UK Customs Academy and NI Customs and Trade Academy.

Customs compliance - being prepared for a Customs audit (focus on suppliers’ declarations)

Richard Bartlett, Managing Director, Export Unlocked, the UK. Richard has worked in logistics for over 26 years running his own forwarding business until 2016 when he set up ‘Export Unlocked’ offering Consultancy and Advice in International Trade, helping businesses Export. An enthusiast for all things to do with world trade, Richard understands the many aspects of both importing and exporting. Using his vast experience, he is now working closely with Greater Manchester Chamber, Halton Chamber, ICC Academy in Singapore and the Institute of Export & International Trade delivering training in Brexit Compliance, Incoterms, Rules of Origin and commodity codes, understanding Exporting / Importing, Customs CompliancRichard’s work has taken him around the world. In 2020 alone he has presented in Genève for the World Trade Organisation (WTO), in Doha for Qatar Development Bank and North and South of Ireland with Trade Ireland giving him valuable insights and a strong understanding of how different markets operate. For example, in a recent project for a Manchester based company he helped them establish offices in the US with a 3 PL warehouse, its own brokerage and direct shipments from Taiwan and Shanghai into Nevada.

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


16:30-17:30 GREEN CROSS-BORDER TRADE – WHAT SHOULD IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS THINK OF AND PREPARE FOR?

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