Fabienne Vermeeren specializes in advising multinational corporations, trade associations and sovereign clients on EU trade and customs matters.
Ms. Vermeeren frequently works on customs law issues including classification, valuation and origin matters, as well as the EU's successive GSP regimes and Free Trade Agreements. She actively monitors EU customs developments, including the adoption of security-related amendments and authorized economic operator status, as well as the ongoing modernization of the European Customs Code. She has been involved in drafting briefing papers for and lobbying Member States and the European Commission on the classification of various consumer electronic products under discussion in the EU Nomenclature Committee.
Ms. Vermeeren also works on EU export control matters and sanctions regimes and their enforcement and licence application procedures at Member State level. She has been involved in advising and training multinational clients to ensure compliance in these matters.
Over the past twenty years, Ms. Vermeeren has worked extensively on antidumping cases in the EU, in particular on the "Community interest" and injury aspects of numerous fertilizer cases, and the customs aspects of antidumping cases in various product sectors (e.g. classification and origin issues).
Ms. Vermeeren frequently contributes to published articles on trade-related issues, and speaks at leading conferences in her field.
University of Antwerp, 1989
Speeches and Publications
Regular W&C Newsletter on EU Customs Developments
"Avoiding Origin Pitfalls When Using Multiple FTAs", C5 9th Advanced Forum on Global Customs Compliance, Brussels, 21 May 2014
"Preparing for AEO and post-certification issues - key elements to success," C5 Advanced Forum on Customs Compliance, London, 8 November 2011
"Navigating the labyrinth of Belgium's export controls – Focus on Flanders," WorldECR, August 2011
"The New EU GSP Origin Rules," C5 6th Advanced Forum on Global Customs Compliance, Amsterdam, 19 May 2011
"Besparen op rechten bij invoer in de EU (31 December 2010)," Douanedocumentatie, March 2011
"Duty Suspensions, Tariff Quotas and Other Opportunities to Save on EU Import Duties," C5 4th Advanced Conference on Global Customs Compliance, Brussels, 28 May 2009
"Situation of Supply Chain Security in the US and Prospects of Global Effects in Other Countries," 13th EU Policy Seminar, Brussels, 17 September 2007
"How can companies benefit from a revision of the preferential origin rules," C5 Advanced Forum on Global Customs Compliance, Brussels, 30 March 2007
"EU Customs & Trade Developments," International Trade Conference, Seoul, 10 November 2005
Professional Advisor. Not engaged in the practice of law.