Events

This section presents future and past events. The link „past events“ provides details of conferences such as the „European Customs Law Conference“, the „Export Control Day“ and the „Foreign Trade Law Day“. Prof. Dr. Wolffgang organises or co-organises these events in his capacity as chairman of the advisory board of EFA European Forum for External Trade, Excise and Customs.

In addition, the section provides details on conferences in which Prof. Dr. Wolffgang participates as member of the PICARD Advisory Group.

The link „future events“ provides details on upcoming conferences involving Prof. Dr. Wolffgang or his team.

Future Events

On Friday 19 April 2024, the Erasmus School of Law hosts the Second Seminar of ECCE (European Common Customs Evaluation) dedicated to the topic: ‚VAT on import and customs valuation in e-commerce‘.

At the seminar, Professor Wolffgang, together with Dr Nathalie Harksen and Dr Benedikt Wemmer, will give a presentation on „Incurrence of a taxable event at import of e-commerce consignments“.

For more information, please click here or here.

As a member of the Permanent Technical Committee (PTC) of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Professor Wolffgang will take part in a discussion on the topic „Customs engaging traditional and new partners with purpose“ and will address questions from an international audience.

The German Tax Consultants‘ Congress will take place in Berlin on May 13 and 14. In this context, Professor Wolffgang will hold a workshop on new developments in customs law.

For more information please click here.

At the Cologne VAT and Customs Days, Professor Wolffgang will give an overview of the customs law reform after the joint opening of the event with Dr Nathalie Harksen. In addition to the new regulations (MUCC), he will also shed light on the newly planned EU Customs Authority and the planned EU Customs Data Hub. Professor Rinnert will also be appearing at the event and will cover other current topics relating to customs and VAT law in her presentations.

For more information please click here.

The motto of this year’s Export Control Day is „Trust and Responsibility“. As in previous years, experts in the field of foreign trade law will discuss current challenges in export control law. In various forums, high-ranking representatives from business, politics, administration and science will exchange views on the latest developments in foreign trade and offer participants the opportunity to find out about the latest developments in export control law. This year’s focus will include arms export controls and Russian-Chinese economic relations.

If you want to know more please click here.

The Export Control Day 2024 is jointly organised by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) and the Centre for Foreign Trade Law (ZAR) e. V. of the University of Münster.

Once again this year, the European Forum for Foreign Trade is hosting the European Customs Law Conference. „Artificial intelligence in foreign trade – possibilities and limits“ is the motto of this year’s „EFA Conference“, which will take place in Mannheim.

This year’s main topics include the possible applications of artificial intelligence in customs administration and foreign trade, practical experience with the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), the reform of the Union Customs Code and the associated ongoing digitalization of EU customs law, as well as an overview of „green taxes“.

Please click here for an overview of the topics to be discussed.

At the Foreign Trade Forum of the Cahmber of Industry and Commerce Schwarzwald Baar Heuberg, Professor Wolffgang will give a lecture on the geopolitical uncertainties and increasing legal burdens for companies in foreign trade.

Click at this link for more information.

As part of the „Zollwärts“ conference 2024, Professor Wolffgang will give an interview on the current and future challenges facing customs law and customs administration.

For more information please click here.

Past Events

13th Foreign Trade Theme Day

The 13th Foreign Trade Theme Day took place in Cologne on 17 and 18 October 2023. Prof. Hans-Michael Wolffgang again moderated the event and also spoke on the European Union’s customs law reform.

16th World Customs Law Meeting in Berlin

From the 27th to the 30th of September 2023, the XVI World Customs Law Meeting was held at the Humboldt University in Berlin. It was organized by the International Customs Law Academy. Since it was the first meeting since 2019 due to Covid, there were over 200 participants from over 30 countries from all regions in the world. The ICTL was one of the co-organizers of the event.

Topics of the meeting were the current status of world trade, like the implementation status of the TFA, the current mega-FTAs and export restrictions. Also an overview of national and regional legislation and changes in customs valuation was given. Prof Michael Wolffgang and Prof Andres Ponce led the event and participated in a variety of panel discussions.

For more information, please click here. For the whole agenda, please click here.

12th Foreign Trade Theme Day, 18th October

On the 18th Cotober the 12th Foreign Trade Theme Day was held in Cologne. The topics were the newest developments in foreign trade and rules of origin. Prof. Wolffgang was the main moderator of the event as well as one of the speakers.

Foreign Trade & Customs Seminar by the Swiss Shippers´ Council

At the 23rd September 2022, the foreign trade & customs seminar was held by the Swiss Shippers´ Council. Its topic was the challenges presented by the changes in foreign trade. The topics were supply chain law, export controls and sanctions, and the impact of the Russian war on Ukraine.

For more information, please click here.

Prof Wolffgang gives a lecture at the 6th foreign trade forum of the IHK Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg

For the 6th time, regional companies were able to look forward to the Foreign Trade Forum of the Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry. For the first time since 2019, the congress is once again taking place in person. At the forum in Donaueschingen, not only current topics such as the Ukraine war were discussed: The border crossing with Switzerland was also the focus.

The digitalisation of administrative processes should not only make the transition to the third country Switzerland easier in the future, but also counteract the lack of personnel. This means an enormous relief for the regional companies and above all also for the local authorities.

For more information, please click here or here.

ICTL hosts the third seminar of ECCE

On Friday 17 June, ICTL hosted the third ECCE seminar. The seminar was on Actual Value of Imported Goods: Actual price, Additions, Deductions. It was the third of four seminars of the joint project of different European universities. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the participants discussed current developments in the calculation of customs value either on site or remotely connected.

To learn more about ECC, please click here. For the schedule of the seminar, please click here.

16th Export Control Day by the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control

The 16th Export Control Day took place in Berlin on 9 and 10 June. For two days, experts discussed current trends and developments in export control. The theme of the 16th ECT was „Freedom is the insight into necessity“. The keynote address was given by Woodward Price, envoy of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. Prof. Dr Hans-Michael Wolffgang moderated several question and answer sessions on topics such as the current export control of the USA and the export control of China.

The Export Control Day 2022 was jointly organised by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) and the Centre for Foreign Trade Law (ZAR) e. V. of the Westfälische Wilhems-Universität Münster (WWU).

For more information, please click here. For the schedule of the event, please click here.

11th Foreign Trade Theme Day, 26th and 27th October 2021

From the 26th to 27th October, the Foreign Trade Theme Day 2021 was held. The conference focused on the new regulations regarding the supply chain, tax compliance and customs as well as e-customs

Foreign Trade & Customs Seminar by the Swiss Shippers´ Council

At the 21st October 2021, the foreign trade & customs seminar was held by the Swiss Shippers´ Council. Its topic was the challenges presented by the changes in foreign trade. The topics were the foreign trade agreements, Brexit, digitisation and the future of swiss foreign trade.

For more information, please click here.

32nd European Customs Law Conference

From the 17th to 18th June 2021, the 32nd European Customs Conference has been held under the headline „Outlook 2030 – The Future of Customs and Customs Law“. The conference took place digital as well as in presence at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. The conference was about the latest developments in the world of customs, be it the new silk road, artificial intelligence and block chain and their role in customs processes, or the development of customs jurisprudence.

For an overview of the topics, please click here.

The ICTL becomes a partner of ECCE

The ICTL has become a partner of the ECCE project. ECCE is an indipendent legal research project financed by European Commission, OLAF and the University of Bologna, Department of Legal Studies. The project is conducted in partnership with Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Universidad de Valencia, and Joint Research Centre (ISPRA).

The project focuses on two main aspects:

The first task of the research  is  to explore and compare national customs control practices. The research will be conducted  going beyond the national legal frame of reference of customs control (law on the books). It aims to understand and explain how customs controls about valuation are de facto performed by national customs authorities, exploring the actual attitude of national customs authorities towards such a control (law in action).

The second objective of the program is to explore the legal status and value of Theseus, which is a European statistical instrument, with potential affordability in fighting undervaluation fraud all over Europe. The legal status of Theseus cannot be taken for granted so far, because it should be checked against the law and other legal means. In other words, it is necessary to investigate the possible legitimate role of statistical tools in the control of customs valuation.

For more information, please click here or here.