Yesterday I was in Denmark for a meeting with Danish Customs colleagues. In the afternoon I took the day off and stayed for a few hours in Copenhagen, a wonderful city.  Here I am enjoying a typical Danish lunch meal, red sausage (pölse) bread, mustard and tomato. And the nost important thing, a Danish …

World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an interactive map that shows the scale and complexity of the world’s shipping routes.  If you’ve ever doubted the scale of shipping around the world, here are 250 million things that will convince you of its sheer size. Commercial shipping is vital to the movement of goods around …

Customs compliance is the new black! We have talked about it for a decade already, but the last years we have seen how it works in reality on the ground.  Today everybody wants compliance. In June KGH Education, together with ICI.BR starts a higher education programme to certify Trade Compliance Officers in Brazil. We …

Wifi onboard. More and more airlines are introducing opportunities to access the Internet from the cabin while you are flying. It means that you can stay connected, if you want to. You don’t have to – but you can.  The speed and quality is not there yet, but it will be soon. Some people …

It really has happened! The European Union has a new Customs legislation in place. Some people said that it would never happen, but now it has – the Union Customs Code (UCC) is operational. I remember when we started talking about updating the legislation, to develop a new Customs act – and this is …

Today I also got a chance to cruise the streets of Dubai and Abu Dhabi with Batmans car, the batmobile. Here with my co-driver, my longtime good friend Suoud Alagroobi.  After having had coffee at the Bruce Wayne residence, Batman appeared and asked if we wanted to take a cruise drive in his famous …

Welcome to the worlds largest hand-llomed carpet, the fastest roller-coaste, the highest high tea, the tower withvthe greatest lean, the most interesting Formula 1 racetrack, the largest cluster lf cultural buildings of the 21st century – UAE capital Abu Dhabi isn’t afraid to challenge the world records. It is an exciting city where nothing …

The Africa we once knew and that most people in the West still think exists is not there anymore. In fact the view most people have of the wonderful African continent is fundamentally wrong.  Africa today is a young, prosperous, modern and fast growing region of the world. Listen to Professor Hans Rosling when …

Early bird coffee at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dubai this morning. Waiting for a friend. We are onnour way to Abu Dhabi this morning.  Ot is always exiting talkng the highway from Dubai to Abu Dhabi or the other way around.  Once and not very long ago, there were only sand here. Now two of …

I am in Dubai for a few days working with our client Dubai Customs. Together we are building the most modern AEO programme in the world, AEO UAE – that will be pilot tested in Dubai by Dubai Customs. We are virtually designing the future. This is a fascinating country in relation development.  Dubai …

Whenever I can – I fly Emirates. The by far best airline in the world right now.  Best on service, prices, entertainment, comfort. Recommended.  Today Paris to Dubai. See you in the city in the sand. 

I am in one of the most beautiful and famous cities in the world, Paris. For a very short stay this time, but still. I arrived yesterday, have some important meetings today and I fly to Dubai tonight.  I have visited Parc des Princes – the legendary stadium of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) many times. …

It was time to return to Paris. I have important meetings here tomorrow.  Tonight I visited friends.  It was as always a great pleasure to return to one of the most important cities in the world. I love Paris. 

“A working Class Hero is something to be”.  Today is International workes day, May 1st. All around the world workers marches the streets and fiery speeches are given in the defence of workers and the working class. It is still necessary. In some places. Almost everywhere. A well functioning labour market is depending on …

The Fixer was here. If you get the goods you ordered on the Internet quickly or if youpasses a border fast when travelling, then it is likely that international capacity builders have been there supporting new and modern border processes. I am an international capacity builder. If there is a problem, I try to …

When working in the area I am in – international border security and movement of goods and people, you get to see the world. So far I have visited 164 countries. Last year I travelled almost 280 days. For me travelling is about learning. You learn about people, culture, language, life. You also learn …

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The world of Customs is changing very quickly. Since the word around us is a new place. During my years in Customs I have had the fortune to work with more than 120 Customs Services around the world. One of the Customs Administrations I have always admired and that I have had the pleasure …

Terrorist attacks make headlines, but policy-makers should be just as concerned about other forms of violence linked to organized crime and other criminal activities. In fact, violence is unfortunately increasing in our societies. There are also connected links between organized crime and terrorism. This is a worrying trend we need to address.  The increase of …

Having just written an article about the Swedish King – on his 70th birthday – and the Swedish Royal family, I have to write another one about another Swedish King. The King of Swedish football.  King Zlatan the 1st. Yesterday Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored goal number 33 & 34 in the French Ligue 1. This …

Today is the birthday of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and he celebrates his 70th birthday. A big day for Sweden. Carl XVI Gustaf, or in his full name  Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus Bernadotte, has been King of Sweden since 1973, when he was crowned at age 27. King Carl Gustaf has three …