Trade and Customs


Our international Trade & Customs Group advises businesses all over the world on cross-border trade and distribution. Drawing on the firm’s expertise in sectors such as aviation, aerospace and defence, communications, financial services, IT and life sciences, we work as part of Bird & Bird’s supply chain practice to help clients successfully bring their products to market.

We have an international and fully integrated team with considerable experience in helping clients establish tax-efficient international procurement and supply chains while keeping compliance costs to a minimum. We can provide outstanding geographical coverage with specialists across the EU and in key international ports and markets, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi.

Our lawyers regularly represent clients before EU and national customs and administrative courts as well as before the ECJ and advisory committees of the European Commission. They also provide specialist expertise on issues such as the WTO Information Technology Agreement for IT and telecoms products, and advising those involved in patent and technology disputes.

We provide expertise in:

  • Export and import controls
  • Tariff and non-tariff based trade barriers
  • Rules of origin
  • Customs classification and valuations
  • Food and product safety
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Dual use goods and technologies.

The principle contact of the group is Brian Mulier who is based in The Hague.

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