The Changing EU CUSTOMS LEGISLATION 2016 and its



After years of drafting, negotiations and delays, new EU customs legislation will come into force in May 2016.  Compared to the current customs legislation, the changes are substantial and many businesses will be affected. Given the fact that the Union Customs Code (UCC) and related legislation are directly binding in all EU member states, the changed rules are expected to have an immediate effect on the duty burden and compliance obligations of many businesses. In addition, the upcoming changes may create opportunities to optimize supply chains in terms of network optimizations, centralization of management and optimized inbound flows into Europe, such as:

Does the new legislation:

  • Increase the opportunity to centralize supply chain management organizations?
  • Drive towards eliminating steps in the transaction and supply chain? E.g. related to customs valuation?
  •  Create opportunities to route inbound flows to e.g. Southern Europe directly to that region instead of through a Northern European port?
  • Impact the DC location choices companies make on the longer term?

During a one hour webinar, Buck Consultants International and Greenberg Traurig, LLP will provide an overview of the anticipated changes in the EU customs law and how such changes will affect international businesses and the way they can optimize their supply chains. Attend this live webinar to:

  • Have a better understanding of the upcoming customs and trade rules
  • Assess whether the 2016 EU customs legislation could affect compliance obligations and duty burden
  • Discover possible saving or efficiency opportunities
  • Understand how the 2016 rules could affect international supply chains and transactions
  • Start preparing for the changes

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Erik de Bie (Greenberg Traurig, LLP) is an attorney and tax lawyer who specializes in European trade, customs, VAT and excise duty matters. He focuses his practice on developing programs to lower duty and VAT burdens, risk management and internal audits. On behalf of his clients, he applies and implements customs permits and he rules on various import and export related aspects with national and EU authorities. He is an expert in EU export compliance and sanction matters. Erik represents clients in litigation on a regular basis, both before Dutch courts and the European Court of Justice.

Johan Beukema (Buck Consultants International) is a Partner at BCI, specializing in global supply chain and operations optimization. With 16+ years of experience he is responsible for complex projects in the areas of e.g. supply chain network optimization, location selection, transport management, route to market and S&OP. Johan has a strong experience base in e.g. pharma, medical devices, fashion and lifestyle, high tech, food and FMCG industries.