Another great visit to the worst airport in the world this morning, Charles de Gaulle Airport. 1h10min transfer. 3 security controls, 2 passport controls, 2 bus rides, endless walking, rude ground staff & arrogant security people.

Worst border processing around. How is it even possible to be this bad? And in a developed country, a leader in many other fields? It is a mystery.

If you want to study how bad it can be in an airport – Paris CDG always delivers.

Tuesday evening I delivered a MasterClass on Compliance at the TCO Certfication Programme in São Paulo.

TCO is a qulificstion programme for students aiming to become certified Trade Compliance Officers.

This was the second time I have opened this programme with an interactive MasterClass workshop on Customs and Borders.

It is great to meet the future Customs and Trade experts like this. I very mich enjoy it. Thanks to Alexandre Lira at LIRA Advigados for inviting me.

On Tuesday I participated and gave a speech about international experiences and advice on the way forward at the Procomex Integrated AEO Work Shop in São Paulo.

Multiple agencies from nine countries participated in the event. South America is leading the developments of AEO and Trusted Traders right now.

Hello Monday. A new day, a new week. The future is ahead of us. I like Mondays.

Started early with my alarm on 3.30am. Time is too short to sleep long hours. In the car by 04.15am. At the airport 05.00am. Managed to get a flat tire passing the bridge. Just because.

I was on the first plane out of Copenhagen Airport. The 0600am ‘early bird’ to Paris. I often am. I like that flight.

In France before 8am. Two telecons/meetings in Challes de Gaulle Airport. I don’t particulary like this airport though. In fact it is one of the worst. Hopeless for transferring. However, so big that you can’t avoid it.

Now on the plane to Sao Paulo, planning the week and making presentations for speeches later this week in South America.

I have done it before, but it is also a new day. A Monday like no one before.

What will it bring? Monday, my old friend. New challenges? New problems? New solutions? I am eager to find out. 15 hours from now I will be in another country on another continent.

At Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo I will open my smart phone and find 70-80 new e-mails from today. From all around the world. Always exiting.

A world to save. Every Monday. See you soon again.

Chinese consumers collectively spent 158.31 billion yuan (US$22.63 billion) in the first nine hours of Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza, scooping up everything from consumer electronics to luxury items and even cars. The figure is two thirds of last year’s final tally of US$30.8 billion.

Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping festival, which falls on November 11 every year, is the world’s largest of its kind. The festival will be closely watched this year as a barometer for consumer sentiment 16 months into a US-China trade war and amid a slowdown in the Chinese economy. While the company’s e-commerce marketplaces Tmall and Taobao are traditionally the mainstays of the annual shopping extravaganza, this year’s festival will also include business-to-business e-commerce platforms like AliExpress as well as Lazada, Alibaba’s Southeast Asian e-commerce subsidiary, as the company taps international consumers.

Greta Thunberg, teen climate activist, is getting a huge mural in downtown San Francisco.

The Bay Area has many murals, with images of everyone from Robin Williams to Nipsey Hussle gracing its buildings.

Now, there’s a new name to add to that list: Greta Thunberg.

A mural of the Swedish teenage climate activist, whose movement has caught the attention of the world, is set to be completed next Tuesday.

Located in downtown San Francisco near Union Square (420 Mason St., for all you locals), the mural features Thunberg from the chest up — gazing straight into our souls, lips pursed.

It’s enough to make anyone stop and consider their environmental impact.

Source: CNN