Day 1 - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

8:30
REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS
9:00
OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIRS
9:15
A YEAR IN REVIEW AND BEYOND: IMPACT OF BREXIT, THE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC AND TRADE AGREEMENT (CETA) AND US ELECTIONS ON GLOBAL CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE
10:15
MORNING REFRESHMENTS
10:30
GLOBAL CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE STRUCTURE: WHERE CUSTOMS SHOULD SIT WITHIN A MULTINATIONAL COMPANY AND WHICH FORMAT WORKS BEST FOR A COMPLIANCE TEAM
11:30
ENHANCING THE CUSTOMS AGENDA: BEST APPROACHES FOR GAINING ACCESS, PRESENTING INFORMATION AND SECURING THE RESOURCES YOU NEED FROM THE BOARD
12:30
NETWORKING LUNCHEON
1:45

SOUTH AMERICA

NORTH AMERICA

EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UCC

2:45

SOUTH AMERICA

UK CUSTOMS

EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UCC

3:45
AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS
4:00

NORTH AMERICA

UK CUSTOMS

EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UCC

4:45
CONFERENCE ADJOURNS

Day 2 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

8:45
REFRESHMENTS
9:00
OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIRS
9:15
MAXIMISING FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS AND DUTY RELIEF OPPORTUNITIES WHEN PLANNING YOUR LONG TERM SUPPLY CHAIN
10:45
MORNING REFRESHMENTS
11:15
MULTINATIONALS GUIDE: MASTERING CALCULATING AND MARKING ORIGIN ON ITEMS SOURCED FROM MULTIPLE AND CHANGING LOCATIONS
12:00
NETWORKING LUNCHEON
1:15
ANTICIPATING AND DEFUSING CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE RISKS WHEN TRADING WITH HIGH RISK MARKETS
2:30
AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS
3:00
UNCOVERING, ASSESSING AND AVOIDING RISKS OF FACILITATION PAYMENTS
4:00
CONFERENCE ENDS

Day 1 - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

8:30
REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS
9:00
OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIRS

Mike Bing
Associate Director Global Indirect Tax (Customs)
Diageo (the Netherlands)

Tim Cornell
AEO Consultant
KGH (UK)

9:15
A YEAR IN REVIEW AND BEYOND: IMPACT OF BREXIT, THE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC AND TRADE AGREEMENT (CETA) AND US ELECTIONS ON GLOBAL CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE

Jean-Paul Lemieux
Counsellor
Canada Mission to the European Union (Brussels)

Bill Williamson
Director of Customs
HMRC (UK)

Tim Cornell
AEO Consultant
KGH (UK)

  • Brexit: possible outcomes for trade between the EU and the UK including the Norway, Switzerland and Turkey models
    • Potential impacts on industry under each scenario and how businesses can insulate themselves from financial loss in advance
  • Future of EU free trade agreements following Brexit; what are the implications on EU countries, foreign countries and the UK
  • Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: key benefits for Europea and Canadian Traders under CETA
    • Which industries will see the biggest savings?
  • Changes to paper work, testing standards and moving goods through Customs under CETA
  • Anticipated impact on trade with the United States following the recent US election
    • Future of free trade agreements with the US, including TTIP

10:15
MORNING REFRESHMENTS
10:30
GLOBAL CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE STRUCTURE: WHERE CUSTOMS SHOULD SIT WITHIN A MULTINATIONAL COMPANY AND WHICH FORMAT WORKS BEST FOR A COMPLIANCE TEAM

Neil Stennett
Senior Manager Global Trade Services – EMEA
TE Connectivity (UK)

Agnes Cruz
Global Trade Management, Head of Customs
Nokia (Brazil)

  • Key drivers for the choice of customs compliance structure: compliance vs. business
    • Pros and cons of different placements for customs, including finance, legal, logistics or operations
  • Centralised, de-centralised and alternative approaches for multinational companies: how to assess what works best for your company
    • Pros and cons of having heads of customs in each region
  • Challenges that can arise from different compliance structures and how to resolve them
  • How to test the effectiveness of the structure your company has chosen
    • When to consider changing the internal structure

11:30
ENHANCING THE CUSTOMS AGENDA: BEST APPROACHES FOR GAINING ACCESS, PRESENTING INFORMATION AND SECURING THE RESOURCES YOU NEED FROM THE BOARD

Eric E. van der Starre
Trade Compliance Representative
MIC Customs Solutions (Belgium)

Eric Both
Managing Partner
the Export Control Group International (The Netherlands)

Gaining the Boards’ buy-in can be essential for obtaining the resources you need to run an effective, efficient and compliant customs programme throughout your business. This diverse panel will share insights on the best approaches for reaching out to the Board and receiving the support you need.

  • What are the Boards’ expectations from a meeting with customs and how to best grab the Boards’ attention
    • Who to put forward to present your case (i.e. head of customs vs. CFO)
  • What information is most useful to the Board when making financial decisions
    • Who is best placed to prepare this information
  • Effective methods for demonstrating the financial impacts of customs on the company’s bottom line to those not familiar with customs

12:30
NETWORKING LUNCHEON

Customs Café: Global Exchange

Each region has its own unique set of customs requirements and practices. As a multinational company, it can be virtually impossible to mater all the unique idiosyncrasies of a particular region, country or customs office. Take this unique opportunity to discuss some of the key challenges to trading in specific area. Share ideas and benchmark with peers on how to overcome roadblocks. You will be contacted prior to the conference for your preference in regions and will receive your time table prior to the conference.

A. North America – Petar Ljujic,
Senior Trade Compliance Manager
Esterline

B. South America – Agnes Cruz,
Senior Trade Compliance Manager,
Esterline (Belgium)

C. European Union and the UCC Mike Bing,
Associate Director, Global Customs,
Diageo (The Netherlands)

D. UK Customs – Jane Sewell,
ITDLO,
HMRC (UK)

e. UK Brexit – Tim Cornell,
AEO Consultant
KGH (UK)

1:45

SOUTH AMERICA

NORTH AMERICA

EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UCC

2:45

SOUTH AMERICA

UK CUSTOMS

EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UCC

3:45
AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS
4:00

NORTH AMERICA

UK CUSTOMS

EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UCC

4:45
CONFERENCE ADJOURNS

Day 2 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

8:45
REFRESHMENTS
9:00
OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIRS

Mike Bing
Associate Director Global Indirect Tax (Customs)
Diageo (the Netherlands)

9:15
MAXIMISING FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS AND DUTY RELIEF OPPORTUNITIES WHEN PLANNING YOUR LONG TERM SUPPLY CHAIN

Dave O’Gara
Customs advisor/Associate
Strong & Herd (UK)

  • Planning in advance: considerations for where to source items amidst uncertainty over which FTAs, trade barriers and duty relief programmes will be in place in upcoming years
    • Practicality of relying on current regulations
    • Pros and cons of planning your supply chain around FTAs currently under negotiation
  • Securing the benefits of duty relief and FTAs: best practices for ensuring eligibility for the relief intended
  • When to move your supply chain due to growing costs: key considerations
    • Unforeseen risks of moving your supply chain
    • Who to involve in the decision making process

10:45
MORNING REFRESHMENTS
11:15
MULTINATIONALS GUIDE: MASTERING CALCULATING AND MARKING ORIGIN ON ITEMS SOURCED FROM MULTIPLE AND CHANGING LOCATIONS

Susan Morley
Director
Morley Consulting (UK)

  • Best practices for capturing preferential and nonpreferential origin in a large scale supply chain
  • How to ensure you’re calculating origin correctly
  • How to keep track of origin when using multiple suppliers for the same part of an end product
    • Risks of getting the origin wrong
  • Unforeseen changes to origin: how to stay on top of origin when your supplier moves operations
    • Notification agreements to put in place with your supplier
  • How to prevent changes to origin that will invalidate the use of FTAs

12:00
NETWORKING LUNCHEON
1:15
ANTICIPATING AND DEFUSING CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE RISKS WHEN TRADING WITH HIGH RISK MARKETS

Petar Ljujic
Senior Trade Compliance Manager
Esterline (Belgium)

  • What to know before entering new ‘high risk’ regions
    • Weighing the risk vs. financial benefits
    • How political unrest impacts the customs in reality
  • How to best insulate your company from knock on effects caused by delays at customs offices
  • Keeping on top of frequently changing customs regulations in the countries you trade with: best practices from multinationals
    • Overcoming language barriers

2:30
AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS
3:00
UNCOVERING, ASSESSING AND AVOIDING RISKS OF FACILITATION PAYMENTS

Mike Bing
Associate Director Global Indirect Tax (Customs)
Diageo (the Netherlands)

  • What level of corruption risks still exists in customs departments in countries with high corruption ratings on transparency internationals corruption index?
  • Key of facilitation payments in different customs agencies
  • How to get around making illegal facilitation payments without your goods getting caught in customs?
  • Deciphering which payments are illegal facilitation: what roles do customs and international trade professionals have and when should this be passed to the anti-corruption/legal team?

4:00
CONFERENCE ENDS

INCOTERMS®: INSULATING YOUR COMPANY FROM UNNECESSARY RISKS NOW AND WEIGHING IN ON INCOTERMS® OF THE FUTURE

Mar 23, 2017 9:00am – 12:30pm

What is it about?

  • Understanding Incoterms Rules ®: who has liability for the goods and when
    • Who files the customs declaration on behalf of who and how is this made possible
    • When does the risk pass from the buyer to the seller
  • Different uses of Incoterms Rules ®
    • When should a transaction be FOB versus CIF and how does this impact the duties that should be included on the customs value of a declaration
    • Common mistakes made when using Incoterms Rules ®
    • When you’re the exporter
    • When you’re the importer
  • VAT and Incoterms Rules ®: when and where VAT needs to be paid
    • Which jurisdictions insist on the seller charging VAT for a ‘local transaction’
    • What evidence do you need to provide to show that the goods actually left the country?
    • Ramifications of the goods not leaving the country due to unforeseen circumstances
  • When do non-local buyers trading in the EU need to register for EU VAT numbers
    • Consequences of not registering
  • Export controls and Incoterms Rules ®: under what circumstances can a seller provide the export licences
    • How to minimise the risk to the seller
  • DDP Terms: when does a foreign buyer need to apply for a local VAT number
  • INCOTERMS® 2020: Key issues the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is looking at revising for the next set of Incoterms Rules ®
  • Discussion with ICC: share the biggest challenges your company is currently facing when using Incoterms Rules ® and what solutions could make the terms easier to navigate.