2019 Agenda Day 3

Day 3 – Thursday 26 September 2019 - Workshops & Practical Day

09.15 Registration, Networking & Refreshments


10.00-12.30 Brexit – Managing the Moving Feast: Customised Solutions for Brexit-Impacted Supply Chains

In Partnership with:

Moderater: Hans De Backer, Chief Brexit Coordinator, Flanders Investment & Trade

  • Fiaz Darshan, Manager International Trade Optimization & Competence Development, SKF
  • Valerie Demeyere, Customs Coordinator, Lotus Bakeries
  • James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, Freight Transport Association 
  • Werner Rens, Advisor-General, Belgian Customs Administration
  • Lode Verkinderen, Secretary-General, Transport & Logistics Flanders

Brexit – in whatever form it eventually occurs – will have a major impact on many supply chains.

After more than 40 years as a member of the EEC and now EU, UK and European businesses are deeply entwined. More than 50% of all goods imported into the UK come from the EU and in the other direction, the EU is the UK’s largest market, commanding almost half of UK export volumes. Perhaps even more pressing is the deep integration of UK and mainland Europe manufacturing supply chains, and the ‘landbridge’ role that the UK plays for Ireland’s trade with the EU.

Companies of all types have been looking at the way they will operate and trade in a post-Brexit world, as custom formalities and tariffs come back into play between the UK, EU-27 and the rest of the EEA, anticipating additional red tape and non-tangible barriers. Flanders is one of the regions that has been taken a proactive role to advocate a business friendly Brexit and working to provide tailor-made assistance to companies. SCL is delighted to partner with Flanders Investment & Trade, the investment and trade promotion agency of the Government of Flanders, to deliver this special workshop assessing the impact of Brexit, expanding on potential change scenarios and how to overcome them.

The workshop will be based on an open panel discussion format for maximum audience interaction, engagement and live dialogue, focusing  on key sectors that stand to be most heavily impacted by Brexit: retail, food and drink, wholesale, pharma, chemicals, automotive, e-commerce, and logistic service providers. Bringing together experts from Customs authorities, road haulage, logistic service providers and exporters/importers, the workshop will look at scenarios for re-modelling supply chains for resilience in a post-Brexit world.

  • How can companies consolidate and remodel their flows to turn a negative into a positive?
  • What role can technology play in a post-Brexit world?
  • What solutions are avilable to optimise supply chain flows?

12.30 Lunch


The organisers reserve the right to alter the agenda and speakers

The agenda and speaker list is a work in progress and will be continually updated