On 29 March 2019, the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. This is the largest customs change in decades, with huge consequences for the private sector involved in EU-UK trade. On 20-21 November, KGH Customs Services will hold a seminar in which international experts give their view of the impact on trade and what companies can do to prepare.

The UK government recently announced publicly that private sector costs for the new border processes could be as much as GBP 17-20 billion a year. At the same time, surveys show that many companies are waiting to see the outcome of negotiations. This is a highly dangerous strategy, since at that time it will be too late to start planning. The different scenarios are already known and there are ways to prepare strategically in order to mitigate the risks.

20-21 November 2018: KGH organises a Brexit Symposium in Soest, Germany.

At the lunch-to-lunch event, the most knowledgeable speakers on the topic will give their view on how to prepare for the outcomes decided by the European Union and the UK government in October, the deadline for avoiding a hard Brexit in March 2019. Some of the key questions to be covered include:

  • What will the border procedures be from Day 1?
  • Will there be a transition period, and if so how long will it be and what will it mean for companies trading with the UK?
  • What happens at the end of the transition period, if there is one?
  • If there is no agreement, what happens then?


The attending speakers cover a vast area of expertise and are active in the academic world, the public sector and in business – both in Europe and the UK. For instance, participants will be able to learn about how some multinational European corporations have long since made contingency plans and been preparing for different Brexit scenarios in order to manage and minimise the risks involved.

The event is organised on a cost covering basis and any profits would be donated to charity.


Confirmed speakers so far, more to be confirmed soon:

Oliver Wieck, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Germany
Chris Southworth, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Kingdom
Dietmar Jost, Leading International Customs and Trade Expert
Lars Karlsson, former Director World Customs Organization, former Director Swedish Customs, Academic Brexit Researcher for the EU Parliament
Dr. Andrew Grainger, Trade Facilitation Academic Expert, UK
Roel van’t Veld, Senior Policy Advisor at the Tax and Customs Administration of the Netherlands
Wilson Delsocorro, Global Trade, Tax and Regulatory Affairs Director, Diageo
David Hesketh, Assistant Professor, Centre for Customs and Excise Studies ( formerly of HMRC), UK
Marcus Hellmann, Director Consulting Germany, KGH

If you have any questions, please contact:

Lars Karlsson
Managing Director
+46 (0)722 124948
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Find more information on the Brexit Symposium here