Virtual Customs & Global Trade Marathon 2020

We are delighted to invite you to the first-ever entirely virtual conference covering the latest developments and innovation on customs, trade agreements and export controls for the US & EU.



Date: Monday, 4 May 2020

Conference timing 

Starts at 10 am CET / 

Ends at 4 pm EST or 9 pm CET

Total Running Time:  11 hours

Cost: $ 250 / € 250                        (billed in GBP £ 199)

7 Reasons to take part

Essential Customs & Global Trade Training for the European Union and the United States - from the comfort of your home.


Up to 11 hours of content covering the three essential topics: Customs, Trade Agreements and Export Controls.


Hear from experts in the field and get the latest updates. 


Chat: During the conference, you have the opportunity to ask questions that will be answered by your the speaker


No travel and accommodation costs 


Training certificate in your inbox 


Simple, well-known and easy to operate video conference technology 


No matter if you are in the US or the EU, we have got you covered!

You Just Need A PC or Laptop

All you need to participate is a suitable end device (PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone) and an internet connection.  


Dip-In and Out OR Mathaton? The Choice Is Yours

No kidding, over 11 hours, we offer you an extensive programme covering customs, export controls and trade agreements across EU and US timezones. Best of all, you can dip in and out as you please. Or you can run the virtual marathon! Take part in some or all of the sessions - with maximum flexibility. 

Low Pricing - Affordable for Every Global Trade Professional

Our goal is to create the worlds' largest community of empowered customs managers. To do this, we offer the most reasonable participation rate, to let more global trade professionals join us.


To register, please take the time to fill out the information below.

AGENDA (subject to change and confirmation of speakers)

The following times are in CET

10.00 - 10.15 Welcome by the Host, Arne Mielken, Founder of Customs Manager

The following blocks are delivered by experts, practitioners and policy specialists in the field. Names will be provided in the following weeks. Participants are free to join proceeding at any time.

EU Customs  and Global Trade Specialisation 

BLOCK I:  EU Customs

10.15 - 10.45  Update on latest changes to the Union Customs Code (inc. 15 Q&A)

11.00 -  11.45 EU Customs Preparations for Brexit (inc 15 min Q&A)


BLOCK II EU Trade Agreements

12.00 - 12..45 Latest Update on EU FTA where are we and where are we going? (inc. 15 Q&A)

12.45 - 13.00 Rules of Origin under JEFTA and other challenges with "modern" FTAs (inc. 15 Q&A)


BLOCK III EU Export Controls

14.00 - 14.45 What's left of the EU Dual-Use Regulation? A critical look (inc. 15 Q&A)


The following times are in EST


10 am - 10.30 am (3 CET) Welcome to the US audience by Arne Mielken and  Keynote address by the WCO - Customs priorities for the global community​

US Customs  and Global Trade Specialisation 

BLOCK IV:  US Customs

10.30 - 11.15   An end to additional duties under  Section 301 - A state of play (inc. 15 Q&A)


BLOCK V:  US Trade Agreements

11.15 - 12.00   Time for USMCA. Are you ready? A look at the final preparations and what's different. (inc. 15 Q&A)


BLOCK VI US Export Controls

13.00 - 14.00 BIS update (inc. 15 Q&A)

14.00 - 14.45 OFAC update (inc. 15 Q&A)


Global Trade Specialisation  

BLOCK VII From around the world

15.00 - 15.45 Chinese Export Controls - What has changed in the second version?

15.45 - 16.00 (9pm CET) Conclusion and closing by Arne Mielken