Do chemical and life sciences companies in Belgium make optimal use of the existing free trade agreements? Or are they missing out on duty savings? Find out in this free online webinar, organised by essenscia in cooperation with the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency and the Federal Public Service Economy.
- The recent study ‘Belgian Exporters & Free Trade Agreements: a good match?’ shows that chemical companies in particular make too little use of the existing free trade agreements (FTAs) and the cost-effective options they offer. The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency will present the key findings and how the use of FTAs can be improved.
- The Federal Public Service Economy will demonstrate how to efficiently use the free Access2Markets-portal launched by the European Commission in October 2020. This portal aims to help companies, especially SMEs, to trade with countries outside of the EU. It provides a clear overview of applicable tariffs, country specific taxes, customs & import procedures and other requirements for trade.
- In addition, the portal also contains a self-assessment tool on rules of origin, ROSA, allowing businesses to check whether their products are applicable for duty-free export. Part of the presentation will focus on ROSA and provide live examples on how to use the tool. Last but not least, Brexit entailed some changes in rules of origin and EU-UK trade as well, the most important of which will be discussed during the session.
- The webinar concludes with a company testimonial of Dow and an interactive Q&A-session.
Participants will receive the online link to attend the webinar after registration.
- Introduction – Barbara Veranneman, Director international affairs & legal counsel, essenscia
- Presentation of the study ‘Belgian Exporters & Free Trade Agreements: a good match?’ –Wouter Decoster, Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
- Access2markets-portal and self-assessment tool ROSA – Camille Smeyers and Ward Minnaert , Federal Public Service Economy
- Company testimonial: Dow – Jimmy Geninazzi, Improvement manager Customs & Trade Compliance Europe & Representative at EU commission and CEFIC