After a week in South America and some days in the Middle East, I have today returned to United Kingdom for some meetings in Whitehall.

I had meetings with colleagues from KGH UK, partners and clients all day. Good meetings.

I always find it exiting to check the processing of people and goods at the border, in this case the UK Customs Border.

‪Is he going here? Is he going there? He is going everywhere…‬

‪The Swedish international has confirmed that he is leaving LA Galaxy and MLS after 53 goals in 53 games. He also this season broke the record of 500 career goals in professional fottball, as the fifth player ever. Will he stop playing? He is after all 38 years old….

No. Zlatan is not like other players. He is now looking for his next challenge, going back to European top football.

Both Boca Juniors in Argentina and Flamengo in Brazil has said they are going to sign Ibrahimovic for next season.

My guess is that he is going to Serie A in Italy.

Clubs like Milan, Napoli and Bologna – with Zlatans old friend Sinisa Mihajlovic as coach (and in treatment for leukemia). We will see, next week he will tell.

I am just happy of he plays on.

Dubai Internaitonal Airport has upgraded the people/passanger processing system to be prepared for the world fair EXPO2020 next year.

The new system is great. If you go in one of the ordinary queues one time youa re automatically registered to use the e-gates next time on your passport.

The new e-gates are fast and worked with excellence when I live tested the channels in both T3 and T2.

This is the future. No Unicorns to be seen anywhere. They seem to live only in front of social media screens these days.

Twenty-four government officials from around the world participated in the WTO’s three-week Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures, which concluded on 15 November. The course was organized by the Agriculture and Commodities Division and the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, with the support of the Standards and Trade Development Facility.

During their time in Geneva, participants had the opportunity to attend SPS Committee meetings and a Thematic Session on Approval Procedures. This enabled them to network and share experiences with WTO experts, delegates and representatives from other international organizations active in SPS-related matters, such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the International Plant Protection Convention and the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Source: WTO

‪Article in the Swedish Financial Times (DI) about how companies can prepare for Brexit. ‬

It is challenging jut possible for all companies to prepare for Brexit. In fact we know to a large degree already how to do this.

All companies should prepare properly and donso since Customs compliance is a strategic topic for all companies involved in international trade.

If a company prepares better than the competition, this will have a positive effect – if not….

It was great meeting a lot of friends in Brazil.

Here with Ernani Checcucci from the World Bank, former Director WCO and DG Brazil Customs (and my deputy in WCO), John Mein, Executive Secretary of the organizer Procomex also Chairperson of the WCO Private Sector Consultative Group and Enrique Canon former DG Uruguay Customs and Chairperson of the WCO. They are all really close friends.

With Constanza Negri Biasutti and Ronnie Pimentel from CNI, the Confederation of Brazil Industry.

The three musketeers of Customs and Border processing.

I met do many old friends in São Paulo from Governments and private sector. It was a great week with many good meetings.