This weekend was longer than usually dur to a bankholiday on Thursday. It is a hiking weekend for us together with our best friends. Since we – like last year – had to stay in Sweden due to the pandemic, we had this weekend for hiking at Kullaberg. We stayed at Gran Hotel Mölle …

The Northern Ireland Protocol is “dead in the water”, a senior ally of Boris Johnson has said as the Government gave the European Union two months to make the system work. Ministers are increasingly worried about the way that the European Union is enforcing checks when goods move from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. …

This measure comes in to resolve persistent non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and reduce the time spent in moving goods and persons, hence increasing intra EAC trade, which currently stands at 15 per cent of the partner states’ total trade volumes. EAC Secretary General Dr Peter Mathuki made his first visit to the Namanga One Stop …

David Frost, the British cabinet minister in charge of relations with the European Union has warned that the current operation of the Northern Ireland protocol is not sustainable for long. And in a hint at further unilateral action, he said Britain would “continue to consider all our options”. Mr Frost has spent two days …

TradeLens will be available in China through collaboration with China Unicom Digital Tech. “The industry has reached another important milestone with TradeLens now live in China, an economy at the center of the world’s largest trade lanes. Maersk customers need enhanced visibility more than ever to drive efficiency and resilience and they require digital …

The week has started. As always these days primarily online. I have good and productive meetings today. Tomorrow is another day.

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is pleased to invite you to the 5th WCO Global AEO Conference, to be held virtually in collaboration with Dubai Customs/ Federal Customs Authority, United Arab Emirates, from 25 to 27 May 2021. The fifth round of the WCO Global AEO Conference will look at the Authorized Economic Operator …

WTO members discussed the latest progress in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the 22-23 April meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation. An update on the rate of implementation of TFA commitments and on members’ technical assistance needs was provided by the WTO Secretariat. According to the update the current rate of …

The Chandler Institute of Governance has presented its annual report featuring the Top 20 Countries of the Chandler Good Government Index 2021 – the first index measuring government effectiveness and capabilities across 104 countries. Sweden is ranked as number 7 in the report. The Index stems from our belief that good national governance and …

Trade Beyond COVID19: Building Resilience is the topic of the 2021 WTO Public Forum. Under the main theme the Public Forum’s sub-themes will be Enhancing Resilience beyond COVID-19; Strengthening the Multilateral Trading System; and Collective Action towards Sustainable Trade.  For more detailed information about the event consult the Public Forum webpage: www.wto.org/pf21.

The saga of the EO-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, TCA. It was like a Christmas gift. The deal between the EU and the UK was concluded at exactly 14.44 on 24 December 2020, Christmas Eve. Ratified by European Parliament this week in Brussels. The Christmas Eve deal started the race against the clock so …

25 days to go. Don’t miss out to register for the 5th World Customs Organization – Global AEO Conference, this time online & co-organized with Dubai Customs. This conference is essential event for all stakeholders of international trade. I will be there speaking & moderating as I have done on the 4 previous bi-annual …

The European Parliament has ratified the post-Brexit EU-UK trade deal – a key move to ensure that tariff- and quota-free trade continues. The Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) has been operating provisionally since January. MEPs voted in favour by 660 votes to 5, while 32 abstained. The UK’s chief negotiator, Lord Frost, said the …

We had a digital After Work event today with the entire European KGH Global Consulting team. We did a professional online Quiz activity in five different rounds. Everybody participating with great engagament. I would have loved to be able to do this IRL, but this was a fun activity under the current circumstances.

Today TIME reveals the first-ever Most Influential Companies-list that highlights 100 businesses making an extraordinary impact around the world. The TIME100 Most Influential Companies, is a new list and an expansion of the annual TIME100 franchise that highlights 100 businesses making an extraordinary impact around the world. We are very proud to be included. …

CT Strategies reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has hosted their 4th CTPAT webinar discussing virtual validation. Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) virtual validation processes borne from the global pandemic are here and will likely continue to be a part of AEO programs even after the health crises comes to an end. The U.S. …

The UK and Serbia have signed a Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement to ensure £682m trade can continue and grow between the two countries. The Agreement secures continued preferential trade access between the UK and Serbia with significant savings for business to support jobs and the wider economy. It also sets out how the …

It’s time to wake up. This is the reality on the ground. In the shadow if the global pandemic, trans-national organized crime organizations have moved on & moved forward. ”The methods of operation being brought to Europe’s major ports, where Dutch and Belgian criminals are sub-contracted by Colombians to move the product onwards to …

Despite one of the most challenging years in recent history, the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation emerged from 2020 having increased its project work, refined its focus on innovation and digitisation to tackle trade hurdles, and worked harder to help the benefits of easier and simpler trade reach smaller businesses in developing countries, particularly …

I have known Tony Smith a long time & he is the best people movement expert around. Everybody should listen to his advice. Everybody should listen to his advice. The former head of the UK Border Force has called the queuing carnage at Heathrow a ‘disaster’ and mounted pressure on ministers to get a …