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Global Trade Advisory

We take pride in being a true end-to-end, integrated Global Trade Advisory provider and a trusted partner for our broad base of dedicated clients. Our team has developed a comprehensive knowledge of trade compliance regulations, related business requirements and corresponding leading practices. We focus on strategy, advisory and compliance, supporting you in setting up and/or advancing your existing global trade program to become world class and meet your operational and compliance-based requirements.

We combine in-depth knowledge and experience in customs and global trade to help clients understand and navigate complex regulatory requirements. We can leverage our extensive international network of global trade and technology specialists to provide advisory support on specific regulatory areas, including classification, customs valuation and transfer pricing, trade preference, duty reduction, and special customs procedures. We provide strategic advice and tailored guidance on global trade matters to help you analyze potential cost savings opportunities and make your trade processes and resources more efficient.

Besides, as the world becomes increasingly challenging to navigate, we also stand by the side of governments and public sector organizations in gaining relevant insights. Bringing together sector specialists and Deloitte-owned research, we aim at enabling public entities to take well-informed strategic decisions.

The complexities, constant changes and uncertainties surrounding the scope of application of sanctions and export controls regulations has left companies in the dark with regard to the penalties, fines and sanctions they are facing if they are uncompliant. Some situations including conflicting rules can leave companies with no choice than being facing sanctions. Deloitte GTA is supporting economic operators in carefully reviewing export controls considerations and select the appropriate actions allowing them to be up-to-speed and comply with the latest legal requirements.

Government agencies are more and more actively driving integration, data sharing and trust with the trade community, by shifting ever increasing compliance and electronic reporting obligations towards economic operators. Real-time self-assessment and control checks are quickly becoming standard.

In order to efficiently manage their global trade activities, business leverage more and more on technology & trade automation solutions to streamline their cross-border flow of goods, reduce risks and costs. In this respect, Global Trade Advisory experts regularly assist customers in defining trade automation strategies and solutions that help drive simplification and efficiency.

Deloitte’s unique holistic approach combines the regulatory expertise of our Global Trade Advisory specialists, combined with the deep technical and functional expertise of our technology colleagues to ensure that complex legal requirement are correctly translated into our trade automation solutions. This results in compliant implementations, while maintaining a high-level of efficiency.

In the ever-changing world of trade, new challenges and opportunities come into existence each day. With the extensive growth of new regulatory requirements, administrative complexities and emerging data obligations and implementations, companies struggle to ensure business continuity whilst preparing for the future of tomorrow. Enhanced by an intense war on talent, making it difficult to retain or attract the necessary resources with appropriate knowledge, experience and skills, it becomes almost impossible to maintain compliance. Deloitte offers different outsourcing models to support companies in their struggle to balance their organization’s needs correctly, depending on their maturity, way of operating or strategic vision. Identifying the right fit for your request, we can provide you with the necessary tools and technology, profiles, procedures, guidance and opportunities to be your co-pilot, pilot, auto-pilot or even build and launch your plane. You are in the lead and we promise to get you safe to your destination!

Many companies – multinationals as well as SMEs – seek to define their global trade strategy as part of the broader corporate strategy to gain organizational clarity and articulate the specific moves needed to bring the trade vision to life.

Next to strategy, trade transformation is essential to adapt to ever-changing conditions and work towards a resilient supply chain – even for companies that are already leading within their markets.

We work shoulder to shoulder with clients to articulate companies’ global trade strategies, define transformation trajectories and activate the organization to realize the defined moves.

Within the GTA team, we leverage the power of emerging technologies to automate trade processes. We fully embrace the technological trends that exist within the trade ecosystem and we look at the potential use case of technology adoption. Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) can be used for the auto-classification of goods or the auto-filing of trade documents. Internet of Things can be employed to track goods from beginning to end within a certain trade lane. Blockchain can be applied for the secure transfer of trade documents and the trustful tracking of high-value goods such as diamonds. Document archiving systems facilitate the centralization of trade documents for tax audit purposes. Data analytics solutions allow to make dashboards and management analyses of global trade data. Last but not least, SAP GTS is able to manage trade processes such as trade compliance, customs compliance and preferential trade processes.

Believing in the concept of “Learning today, leading tomorrow”, Deloitte Global Trade Advisory offers an assortment of trainings on the world of customs and international trade. Amongst others, these trainings familiarize you with the functioning of customs, the various customs procedures and the ground rules that govern the trade of goods between the EU and third party countries.

Our in-person trainings are facilitated by a selection of experts in the field and can be provided in English, Dutch or French, depending on your preferred language. Alternatively, we offer a best-in-class “Customs in Practice” e-learning programme, as well as the option to tailor this e-learning programme to your company’s specific needs.

Customs laws play an important role in a company’s trade flows, and a customs dispute can severely affect its financial position. Our customs attorneys guide companies through the Member States’ interpretation, application, and enforcement of the customs legislation. Moreover, in the event of disputes, we represent companies before the national customs administrations, the European Commission, and the national and EU Courts.

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