The Brexit transition period is coming to an end. With the Maersk acquisition of KGH, the two companies combined customs knowledge and brokerage capacity will create a UK operations unit that is very well set to meet the increased demand for customs services.
In July, it was announced that KGH Customs Services has been acquired by A.P. Moller – Maersk. On September 1, the deal was finalized and KGH is now officially a Maersk company.
KGH is now mobilizing competence, experience and resources to support the UK to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December 2020. One major move is the building of an advanced customs competence centre in the UK ready to continue to serve both Government and the UK Private Sector with everything related to customs.
Lars Karlsson, a former Director of the World Customs Organization and well-known international expert in the field, is leading KGH Global Consulting, the trade and customs consultancy at KGH. Apart from being an advisor to the UK Government and HMRC on customs-related matters and Brexit, also having delivered testimony as customs expert to UK Parliament on numerous occasions. Lars has also been a member of several UK Government panels on Brexit, including the Alternative Arrangements Commission Technical Panel. He is also the author of the report “Smart Borders 2.0/2.1 Avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland” for the European Parliaments Constitutional Committee. Together with Steve Cock, Lars has established the consulting side of KGH in the UK.
KGH Global Consulting is a main partner behind the UK Customs Academy, together with the Institute of Export & International Trade, an initiative from HMRC to support the industry in the Brexit preparations. With the UK Customs Academy now fully operational and growing both in capacity and industry recognition, KGH now provides all new employees working with UK and Ireland customs and trade matters with training from the UK Customs Academy. This will allow the new employees to have the correct and updated knowledge in regards to UK and Ireland customs processes. Enabling the organisation to better support and guide clients as well as improve our reputation and acknowledgement on the UK customs market.
“Customs has never been more important than now. KGH is a Customs expert company. This is our core business and we have many years of experience from all regions of the world. Now we are growing in the United Kingdom and looking for new talent, leaders and experts. We will continue to do so during the rest of 2020 and 2021. We are looking forward to welcoming new people into our expert teams. We are committed to help and support both UK companies and the UK Government going forward with the border and customs changes at the end of the transition period and beyond. We have the knowledge and competence to help you do customs in the best possible way”, says Lars Karlsson.
“We in KGH are customs and border experts, it is in our DNA, it is our core business and what we have done all over the world for decades.”
He continues: “We have developed several specialized services, also with fixed price models, to help traders to be ready for the new normal including a range of Brexit analyses with practical support services, a ‘Brexit Smart Check’ Test on your Brexit preparations to ensure that you are prepared – and we can help you to get all the new formalities for the post-Brexit environment done with maximum efficiency. Also, we can optimize your business from a customs perspective making the return-of-investment of the preparations a win instead of an additional cost. If you have any questions about customs, go to the expert – contact KGH.”
During the remainder of 2020, Maersk and KGH teams will work together on establishing a joint operating model and optimal structure to serve our customers going forward.