Leading pan-European trade and customs management organization increases their European presence with expansion into the UK and Ireland.
KGH Customs Services, the leading European independent provider of trade and customs management services, has appointed Des Hiscock as their UK and Ireland Managing Director.
With full responsibility for the leadership and development of KGH’s UK and Ireland business, Des Hiscock will play a key role in meeting the company’s growth goals. Des brings with him a wealth of knowledge gained over 36 years of direct industry experience in Europe, the Far East and Africa. He is the current Director General and Chair of the UK’s specialist Customs Trade Association, ACITA.
“Brexit will have a significant impact on businesses trading with the UK. Being a major player in Europe, we want to be there to support British business and their international trade partners through the Brexit transition”, says Lars Börjesson, CEO of KGH. “We know there is both a knowledge and capacity need, and we have the capability and experience to bridge this gap”.
Des adds, “I am really excited to be joining an organization with such specific focus, purpose and expertise. This extensive service offering and the depth of specialist knowledge accessible in the wider KGH organization is exactly what UK businesses need in these uncertain times. I also believe that the investment we are making in workspace at our new regional headquarters in Manchester and the specialist in-house training provided to new recruits will set us apart from our competitors”.
The journey to establish KGH UK & Ireland began in May 2018 with the acquisition of The Customs Consultancy Ltd., a small but profiled customs consultancy business. The two key owners, Steve Cock and Piers Loxton Edwards, will assume lead roles in this most recent expansion of the KGH business.
KGH was founded in 1963. Today it has more than 27,000 customers throughout Europe. KGH has its own offices at all major ports and borders in Europe, and has 700 employees across Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, UK and UAE. KGH is owned by Bridgepoint Development Capital, a major international private equity group focused on investing in market-leading businesses, working with management teams to create and realize value within its portfolio companies.
KGH’s service offering includes Customs Brokerage, Customs Declarations, VAT Representation, Customs and Strategic Consulting, Customs Training and Education, Customs Digital and Software Solutions and Border Services.