2019 has announced itself as a challenging year for world trade with upcoming events like Brexit, a full blown US-China trade war with potential fall-out to other trading areas, the revised US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the effect of the newly elected president Bolsonaro on Brazilian’s trade policy, the EU’s continuing efforts to conclude comprehensive (Japan) & less comprehensive (US?) FTA’s and last but not least Africa reinventing itself and creating exciting new platforms like the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

All these events will some way or another disrupt global supply chains. This seminar intends to map the risks and opportunities for exporters and importers and aims to provide concrete guidance. By attending, you will listen to experts coming from about 14 foreign jurisdictions all in the heart of Antwerp!


Registration + LUNCH

Welcome remarks

Setting the scene “How political risk and national security dynamics shape trade environments across the globe”
by Dominique Orsini – Founder, Political Edge

Brexit – How the Port of Antwerp is preparing for Brexit
by Jan van Wesemael, Senior Advisor Customs and Compliance, Alfaport

Brexit Panel – What do we know and what can we expect on both sides of the Canal ?
With: John Carlin (Carilon Millor – UK) – Christian Salder (KMLZ – Germany)- – Catarina Belim (Belim – Portugal) &  Fausto Capello (Gianni Origoni Grippo Gappelli & partners –Italy) (moderator: Bert Gevers – Loyens & Loeff)

The America’s Panel: Has the US gained from its trade rows and where does this leave its trade partners ? Have Belgian (European) companies to gain from this ?
With: David R. Stepp (Crowell & Moring  – US ) – Leonor Cordovil (Grinberg & Cordovil – Brazil) –Ricardo Romero Aburto (Chevez, Ruiz Zamarippa  – Mexico)  – Jose F. Mafla (Brigard & Urrutia – Colombia)  (moderator: Peter Kirby – Fasken)

EU/Asia/Africa Panel: China is facing a full blown trade war with the US and is suffering from significant economic slowdown: only risks or also opportunities ?
With: Vladimir Tchikine (Russia) – Matthieu le Roux (VdA – Africa) – Christina Rinne (Niederer Kraft Frey – Switzerland) – Eduardo Gardeta (Garrigues – Spain)  (moderator: Francisco J. Cortina Velarde – Chevez)

Closing remarks


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