In March 2018, I had more visitors than ever before on my web blog.

In March I had more than 16.000 visitors. A remarkable number for a blog about customs, borders, trade, capacity building, development, reform & modernization, music, film, sport & Zlatan Ibrahimovic!

Today Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will receive UK Prime Minister Theresa May for talks at Rosenbad in Stockholm.

The two heads of government will discuss issues concerning cooperation between the UK and Sweden, Brexit, Brexit, Brexit – and the aftermath of the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

Media programme

17.30 Prime Minister Löfven welcomes Prime Minister May in the entrance to Rosenbad.

17.35 Talks in the Guest Dining Rooms at Rosenbad.

Approx. 18.55 Press conference at Bella Venezia, Rosenbad.

Language: English.

The press conference will be webcast on www.regeringen.se.

If you are interested in the Autorised Economic Operator instrument and how AEO/TTP will be used in the context of new trusted trade lanes – like e.g. The new Silk route, then you should gonto Baku on 2-4 May for this conference.

The International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics together with the States Customs Committee of Azerbaijan organizes this event. I will be there – will you?

Link to agenda and registration

Link to The International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Organization

Earlier this year Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg held roundtable discussions focusing on innovation and cooperation for a sustainable future at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Among the participants were representatives of German and Swedish businesses, institutions and government agencies.

Mikael Damberg welcomes Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on her arrival to Sweden. Maria Nilsson/Government Offices

Mr Damberg opened the talks by presenting the new agreement on an innovation partnership between Germany and Sweden. The innovation partnership focuses on innovation and cooperation within four themes: mobility, test beds, digitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises, and eHealth.

“I am proud to be here today and to be able to launch the new innovation partnership between Germany and Sweden. This is a unique agreement on cooperation between our countries to promote innovative solutions for society, new export products and stronger competitiveness,” said Mrs. Merkel.

Source: www.government.se

With only a year plus transition left until the United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union, debate about the mechanics of cross-border trade between the UK and EU trade post-Brexit has given way to deep concerns about the fundamental lack of knowledge among UK traders and Customs personnel to properly and efficiently handle the complexities of the declaratory process itself.

The Institute for Government, a UK think tank, estimates that 180,000 British companies (many of whom are small and medium size enterprises) will have to file formal Customs declarations for the first time when the UK formally leaves the EU. The Institute further forecasts that the cost of filing such declarations could end up costing traders in the region of £4 billion a year.

For its part, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) concedes that it will need to recruit and train 3,000 to 5,000 additional officers to handle the increased workload in a post-Brexit environment.

Be that as it may, HMRC is a long way from its hiring goal – only 27 job openings were posted on the Government’s Civil Service Jobs website a year prior to exit.

Even if HMRC were able to hire an additional 3,000 officers, adequately training the new hires is not a given. Custom management, which demands a high degree of expertise in complex policies and procedures, typically takes years to acquire.

At this late stage, Britain appears to be hanging its hat on establishing a new customs arrangement with the EU bloc that would be “as frictionless as possible”. British Chancellor (finance minister) Philip Hammond said he would wait until “the very last moment” before releasing large amounts of money to fund contingency plans for a no-deal scenario.

For many traders, I imagine the very last moment occurred some time ago.

Source: Randy Rotchin 3CE

The 37-year-old twin brothers Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin from Ornskoldsvik , Sweden, announced last Monday they are retiring from the The National Hockey League (NHal) and ice hockey at the end of the season.

The Sedins are in their 17th season in the N.H.L. all with Vancouver. They are two of the best Swedish Ice Hockey players ever.

They led the Canucks to the Stanley Cup finals in 2011, when they lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games.

Henrik Sedin has 1,068 points (240 goals, 828 assists) in 1,327 regular-season games, while Daniel Sedin has 1,038 points (391 goals, 647 assists) in 1,303 outings.

Henrik this season added 23 goals and 55 assists in 105 playoff games, with Daniel adding 25 goals and 46 assists in 102 games.

Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer in 2009-10 with 112 points. He also won the Hart Trophy as league most valuable player that year.

“We felt the longer the season went, it became clearer to us this was going to be our last year,” Henrik Sedin said at Rogers Arena.

Over the years the brothers captured numerous awards and helped take the Canucks to new heighrs. Art Ross trophies, a Hart trophy, a Ted Lindsay award, and countless All-Star game appearances, all while helping get the Canucks within one game of the Stanley Cup.

The last game this morning was amazing, almost magic, when Vancouver played Arizona at home.

With their traditional numbers 22, Daniel Sedin, and number 33, Henrik Sedin, the stadium gave them a stankdng ovation thorughout the entire last game.

And the meeting with Arizona became so close to a perfect finish where Daniel Sedin could first score 1-1, assisted by the brother before the Sedins also won thegane scoring the last goal in overtime.

But the movie-like finish will be even better if you start studying the numbers.

The first (1-1) goal scored Daniel Sedin (from a pass from Henric #33) 33 seconds into the second period, but it is not enough to coincide. It was Daniel Sedin’s 22nd box for the season.

The last and final goal in overtime was scored by Daniel on a pass from Henric after 2.33 into OT, meaning 22.33 of the last period. Pureöy magic.

Thanks Sedins for everything!