17th February 2021 saw the Post Brexit Trade Workshop held by Brexit.Trade, part of the Trade Gateways Programme operated by Local Merchant Services. The Workshop featured Experts who are all available through the Trade Gateways Programme to support organizations in their Trade Activities.
The session opened with Remarks from Rick Schultheis of Trade Gateways which can be seen here
THE TRADE GATEWAYS PROGRAMME
The Trade Gateways Programme is currently in beta testing and will be in full operational mode this year. It creates access to Trade Gateways to countries that the UK has a Post Brexit Trade Deal with by providing the following features for each Trade Gateway.
– Access to Local Trade Experts for guidance in trade with the relevant country
– Access to Online Face To Face Meetings with Verified Buyers
– Access to Online Face To Face Meetings with Verified Suppliers
– Access to and the ability to feature Online Trade Catalogues
– Access to An Online Blockchain Facilitated Marketplace allowing for much faster, easier and secure cross border trade and payment
– Access to Blockchains Training to enable participation in the Blockchain Facilitated Marketplace
– Utilization of the Trade Gateways Blockchain to Facilitate Accruing Supply chains by using the blockchain to easily ascertain provenance and tracking, and generally address many of the issues that currently exist with traditional supply chains
– Provide Access to the required infrastructure to maximize the utilization of the Blockchain for Trade as above
– Use Blockchain and our Team of Local Trade experts to help address many of the disruption issues currently being seen as a result of Brexit
The Trade Gateways Local Trade Experts and Blockchain Experts are an important part of the Trade Gateways Programme as detailed above. A selection of them presented at the workshop and are available to help organizations with their Post Brexit Trade Requirements. All our experts are available to help your organization. Please contact us by using the contact link above. More on our selected experts, the regions and specializations they cover, and their video presentations in the workshop below.
SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES POST BREXIT
Session 1 – Cristian O: Supply Chain Issues and EU Trade Post Brexit
Cristian’s presentation can be seen here
In the last ten years Christian has worked, for different companies in oil & gas, energy, retail and logistics industries, having different managing roles within general management, supply chain, production planning, manufacturing, procurement, logistic, sales and project management functions.
He has experience in operations management, strategic planning, business development, program/project management, operational risk assessment and management, organizational change, assembly/overhaul projects, and budget administration.
He has been involved in designing and implementing lean six sigma principles and tools in operations and supply chain environment, being involved in organizational change projects. Delivered continuous improvements in business performance, cost reduction, quality and product delivery, optimizing staff productivity and process overall efficiency to assure achievement of strategic goals.
Specialties Include: Operations management, Business Plans development, Management consultancy, Operations assessment, Business model design and implementation
DOING TRADE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
USING BONDED WAREHOUSES IN THE EU
Session 2: Ondrej V
Part 1 – Using Bonded Warehouses in the EU to avoid Disruption
Part 2 – Doing Trade in the European Union
Ondrej’s presentation can be seen here
Ondrej is located in the Czech Republic in the EU. He can provide:
• Distribution and storage services.
• He can also Provide Trade and Local Customs Services in the Czech Republic as well as Provide Trade and Local Customs Services in Germany or Poland
REGIONAL CO-OPERATION FOR ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (RCEP)
(The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a free trade agreement between the Asia-Pacific nations of China, Australia, Brunei, Cambodia , Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.)
Session 3: Ravi M
Part 1 – Top Tips For Online B2B Sales
Part 2 – Doing Trade in a Country in the RCEP
Ravi’s presentation can be seen here
Ravi has vast experience in the implementation of long-term IT projects.
SOUTH ASIAN FREE TRADE AREA
THE ROLE OF TRADE ADVISERS
(The South Asian Free Trade Areas comprises of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)
Session 4: Shahid K
Part 1 – The Role Of Brexit.Trade Advisers
Part 2 – Doing Trade in a Country in the South Asian Free Trade Area
Shahid’s presentation can be seen here
Soon after completing his MBA, Shahid joined the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce UK and became an International Trade Services Advisor. He had good contacts with a range of Trade Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and good experience on Export related issues
HOW BLOCKCHAIN IS REVOLUTIONIZING TRADE
Session 5: Ray S (Trade Gateways)
Part 1 – Why Supply Chains will never Be the same again
Part 2 – The Impact of Covid-19 On Supply Chains and How Blockchain Can Help Mitigate this
Ray’s presentation can be seen here
Ray has more than 15 years of corporate experience in Project Management and has good knowledge of Supply Chain Management and Blockchain.
Blockchain is revolutionizing all aspects of trade and making cross border trade faster, more secure, and more efficient.
Blockchain is removing barriers of trade, which can lead to more than US$ 1 trillion of new trade in the next decade. Blockchain can greatly facilitate Paperless Trade. Applications of Blockchain in cross border trade include:
Trade Finance: The complexity and scale of existing procedures in trade finance have meant that many organizations that require Trade Finance, particularly SME’s have not been able to access Trade Finance. Blockchain can greatly help with addressing these issues and make Trade Finance faster, more accessible, and secure
Taking control of border procedures for trade: Blockchain with smart contracts can enable users to complete customs procedures efficiently and securely.
Time and Cost Savings: Blockchain can greatly reducing the time and expense of cross border trade procedures
Supply Chain: Traditional Supply Chains have inherent weaknesses that have been highlighted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Many Of these inherent weaknesses can be addressed by Blockchain. Blockchain can also greatly enhance the transparency of supply chains and the traceability of products within supply chains.
Session 6: Petra S
The Customs and Tax Regime Post Brexit and Northern Ireland Protocol Issues
Petar’s presentation can be seen here
Petar is a Customs Compliance Manager. His Specialities include: customs regulations, Post Brexit preparation, AEO procedures, customs warehousing
GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
THE LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES OF BREXIT
Session 7: Thomas C
Part 1 – Global Supply Chains
Part 2 – The Logistical Challenges of Brexit
Thomas’s presentation can be seen here
Thomas is an expert in Global Supply Chains. He has held different leading positions with Multinational Organizations including Head of Global. He has set up Logistics Flows and Processes. Thomas is located in Germany.
AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (AFCFTA)
Session 8 – 15.30 – 16.15: Kenneth C
Doing Trade in a Country in The AFCFTA
Kenneth’s presentation can be seen here
Kenneth has an LLB and an MBA from the UK. He ia a qualified Lawyer with significant experience in Contract Law, Commercial Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Property Law. His services cover Market Research, Business Plans, Business Strategy etc.
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
BRICS is the acronym coined to associate five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. BRICS countries are known for their significant influence on regional affairs.
Session 9 – 16.15 – 17.00: Renata M
Part 1 – Strategic Communication Strategies
Part 2 – Doing Trade in a BRICS Country
Renata’s presentation can be seen here
Renata has experience in the provision of Trade Services. She is Brazilian with a good understanding of Brazilian culture and the B2B local environment. She has created strategic communication plans for many companies.