Free Trade Agreements Focus on EU

  • DateAugust 16, 2017
  • Time11:00 AM EDT
  • CostFree
  • Duration1.5 hours

Webinar Description

The European Union has over 40 free trade agreements (FTAs) and other agreements with a trade component in force, and is in the process of negotiating with several others. Depending on the agreement, terms might include the reduction or elimination of customs duties (taxes), quota restrictions and cutting red tape that makes it harder to do business with EU member nations.

This webinar will provide an overview of key trade agreement terms, and a synopsis of EU FTAs, including the ones currently under negotiation. The webinar will conclude with potential sourcing and selling strategies that can lead to economic benefits for companies.

Attend to learn how your company can benefit from FTAs, what changes your company needs to make in order to be able to benefit from FTAs, and which FTAs are in the pipeline that may affect your company’s imports and exports.

This session will greatly benefit new importers and exporters looking to learn about EU FTAs. It will also help experienced importers and exporters to refresh their knowledge and keep abreast of FTAs that the EU is currently negotiating and that may impact their supply chain and sourcing or exporting decisions.

Who Should Attend?

This session will greatly benefit new importers and exporters looking to learn about EU FTAs. It will also help experienced importers and exporters to refresh their knowledge and keep abreast of FTAs that the EU is currently negotiating and that may impact their supply chain and sourcing or exporting decisions.

Our Expert Speakers

Alan Leggett Senior Trade Management Consultant

Alan has had over 20 years’ experience within the export and import compliance field, working in the Defense and Aerospace industries. He currently directly liaises with clients through assessments and audits, establishing gaps in Export and Import processes to create Audit and Assessment reports, Compliance Improvement Plans, Corrective Action Plans and on-site Training. He has broad experience in the U.S. EU and Asia Military and Commercial Export Compliance activities, including Anti-Bribery controls. His work within industry included the Governance, Audit and Training of staff across GE UK, relating to international trade and compliance. He has a detailed knowledge and understanding of export and import control regimes, laws and regulations across U.S, EU and Asia regions. Alan was very instrumental in producing new procedures and technology control plans, whilst at GE UK. Alan was responsible for the successful implementation and training to all of GE UK of a new company tool for all technology and proprietary transfers.

Prior to working at GE UK he worked as an Export Control Manager at Lockheed Martin UK Ltd. Alan managed the day-to-day operations to ensure export and import compliance was adhered to and was responsible for all licensing activities. In this capacity, he developed and implemented export trade and compliance policies. Alan was instrumental in developing and incorporating a company specific intangible Export Log, that enabled complete visibility for all electronic transfers that were made to overseas destinations to ensure regulatory compliance. Alan was commended for this work when audited by the UK Government. Whilst as Lockheed, Alan also received an Excellence award for trade and compliance work performed on PGSE for the Apache Helicopter (an Urgent Operational Requirement).

Alan has always taken lead responsibility with external and internal training whilst working within industry across the UK. This has involved extensive UK and US Export awareness training covering both Military and Commercial legislation.

Prior to working at Lockheed, Alan was a Procurement Engineer at what was then known as Matra Marconi Space Systems for nearly 10 years (now known as Airbus). Here, Alan learnt the importance and skills of the supplier chain industry, being responsible for the procurement of high reliability components for various space programs.

Jayachand Pachakkil Senior Trade Management Consultant

In his role as Senior Consultant for Global Trade Consulting Services, JC has been delivering consulting engagements in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Indian subcontinent for the past ten years.

JC has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of Supply Chain roles including Supply Chain Operations, Customs & Free Zone Operations, Procurement, Imports and Exports, Inventory Management and Consulting.

With particular expertise in the use of supply chain operations software and having led many implementation projects, JC has managed the training and skills development for several employees in the use of supply chain systems.

In his previous role as Middle East & Africa (MEA) Commercial Manager with one of the world’s largest logistics and freight management service providers, JC was responsible for business development and managing new customer implementation. He also set up and managed the logistics and customs management operations in the Middle East for several multi-national clients in the high technology, home and personal care, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retailing sectors.

JC holds degrees in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Western Australia. In 2007, JC completed a training program on U.S Export Administration Regulations conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Industry & Security in Seattle. He has also completed a course in Supply Chain Management by the Logistics Institute, Georgia Tech, and one in Materials Management at the National Academy of Indian Railways.

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