China’s economic growth expected to slow to 4.5% in the first quarter of 2020 – the slowest pace since the financial crisis, according to a Reuters poll of economists. “Global oil demand has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus,” says the International Energy Agency. Factory shutdowns are slowing the flow of products and …

James Forsyth writes sin The Spectator that; “The reality is the talks will blow up shortly’. As I say in the Sun this morning, this is the verdict of one Downing Street figure on the UK / EU negotiations. The EU might still be finalising its negotiating mandate. But if you read the draft …

I have turned down media requests the last six months . I just couldn’t find time to do the interviews due to workload. Some weeks I had 20-25 requests, mostly from UK. Recently I have started done some news again. I did an article for the local media and I have done some things …

Important news. If you haven’ seen it UK Government on February 6th opened up a consultation period for the new UK Global Tariff that will be in force in January 2021. You can read more here on GOV.UK, click on the link: UK Global Tariff 2021

I have this week had a number of meetings at our HQ in Gothenburg. We have had the Board meeting, Management meeting, business reviee meeting and the innovation team meeting. We have had a good start of the year in the entire KGB group. Now we are ready for the rest of 2020.

UK Future Relations negotiator, David Frost held a speedBritain has really been leaving the party a long time ago, from our refusal to join the euro and Schengen, but it was only when we picked up our coat that people noticed. “Even if there is a short term cost to Brexit, this will be …

Germany has been named the world’s most innovative economy by Bloomberg. It takes the top spot from South Korea, ending the country’s six-year streak. Sweden is number 5 on the list. Cancer research, meat alternatives and smart home technologies are among the major developments of our time. But which countries are world leaders in …

Yesterday UK PM Boris Johnson presented his statement about the UK Government approach for the future relations negotiations with the European Union. You can read the statement here: UK approach for future relations Source: UK Government

Every day when I wake up I think about Customs. I know, it is probably strange. But it is the way it is and has been for a long time. I am passionate about customs. Going around the world supporting countries with customs, borders and trade is a fantastic mission. Trade fosters development, cretes …

Michel Barnier has warned Sajid Javid and Boris Johnson that “they should not kid themselves” that Brussels will give a special deal to the City of London after a photograph emerged of the UK’s opening negotiating position on the new post-Brexit arrangements. A briefing paper, snapped by a long-lens camera as it was taken …

U.K. Cabinet Minister Michael Gove warned the logistics industry to prepare for strict border controls between Britain and the European Union after Brexit, raising concern that trade will be disrupted. Speaking to representatives of lobby groups including the Freight Transport Association and British International Freight Association in London on Monday, Gove said U.K.-EU trade …

The Director-General’s annual overview of trade-related developments discussed on 12 December at a meeting of the Trade Policy Review Body shows that trade restrictions by WTO members continue at historically high levels. Between mid-October 2018 and mid-October 2019, the trade coverage of import-restrictive measures implemented by members was estimated at USD 747 billion. This …

Armand Mando Duplantis. Tonight he broke one of the unbreakable world records in track and field, when he jumped 6.17 in pole vault. Duplantis is 19 years old, soon 20. He has now jumped higher than any other human being ever. Duplantis is a Swedish supertalent and the new global superstar of athletics track …

Most people reading this blog knows that I am a great fan of dootball, Malmö FF and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. There is always a debate on who the best football player ever, some say Pele, others Maradona, Cruyff, Zidane, Messi or Ronaldo. But one thing can never be debated, namely who the coolest player is …

Happy 15th Birthday today to the international Network of Customs Universities (INCU). I am honorary fellow and international advisroy board member of the INCU. The last 15 years has for INCU been a great successful journey. INCU is an international not-for-profit organisation of over 200 members and affiliates, which aims to raise the academic …

Real Madrid had not lost in 21 matches before tonight’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal. But Swedish 20 year old supertalant Alexander Isak changed that tonight. Real Sociedad came to the Santiago Bernabeu to play the giant. After two dream goals in two minutes from Isak, Real Sociedad beat Real Madrid 4-3. And Alexander Isak …

GOV.UK reports that since UK has left the EU, the Government is free to make its mark as a champion of free trade, safeguard against the forces of protectionism on the rise across the world, and crucially ensure that our tariff strategy is best for businesses and consumers across the UK. This bespoke regime, …

I am passing through russels for some important meetings. Great dinner with one of our clients, talking about the future. Tomorrow meetings on EU-UK Future Relationship.

I have always loved elephants. I even wrote a book about then once, ‘When Elephants Fly’.. This one I found at Heathrow airport terminal 5. So in one way also a ‘flying elephant’.

Are you planning to go to Dubai next month? If not, you should. I will be at the 5th WCO Global AEO Conference, “AEO 2.0: Advancing Towards New Horizons for Sustainable and Secure Trade” on 10-12 March 2020. This is an event you don’t want tommiss, where all the latest developments in the areas …