Fabienne Vermeeren

Regional Director Europe – International Trade Services, Brussels



Fabienne Vermeeren specializes in advising multinational corporations, trade associations and sovereign clients on EU trade and customs matters, including with respect to Brexit.

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 with respect to the Union Customs Code and related rules, procedures and guidance. She has been involved in drafting briefing papers for Member States and the European Commission on the classification of various consumer electronic products under discussion in the EU Nomenclature Committee, and on customs valuation and origin matters.

Ms. Vermeeren also works on EU export control matters and sanctions regimes and their enforcement and licence application procedures at Member State level. She is deeply involved in advising and training multinational clients to ensure compliance in these matters.

Ms. Vermeeren has also worked on antidumping cases in the EU, in particular on the "Community interest" and injury aspects of numerous agrochemicals 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 has spoken at leading conferences in her field.

University of Antwerp
Professional Advisor. Not engaged in the practice of law.


Speaking Engagements

"Unlicensed exports and self-disclosure", C5 6th Annual Forum on Export Controls, Brussels, 27 September 2016

"Mastering import/export requirements - Getting products to flow smoothly in both directions", C5 8th Advanced Forum on Customs Compliance, London, 17-18 November 2015

"Sanctions and the Supply Chain: Focus on Russia Sanctions", C5 10th Annual Forum on Global Customs Compliance, Brussels, 25-26 March 2015

"The EU Dual-Use Export Control Regime of Tomorrow – What May Change?," WorldECR Export Controls and Sanctions Forum 2014, London, 15 October 2014

"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

"The New EU GSP Origin Rules," C5 6th Advanced Forum on Global Customs Compliance, Amsterdam, 19 May 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


"EU Restrictive Measures" in The Guide to Sanctions, Global Investigations Review, August 2020 (with Genevra Forwood, Sara Nordin and Matthias Vangenechten)

Regular White & Case Newsletter on EU Customs Developments, most recently "EU Customs Developments in 2019".

"Besparen op rechten bij invoer in de EU (31 December 2010)," Kluwer, Douanedocumentatie, March 2011, last updated in 2019

Co-author, "What 2016 has in store – EU sanctions and export control developments", WorldECR, Issue 46, December 2015 (with S. Nordin)

Co-author, Chapter on Belgium, Rules on Dual-use and Military Transit and Transshipment, WorldECR, December 2015 (with C. Van Haute)

"Navigating the labyrinth of Belgium's export controls – Focus on Flanders," WorldECR, August 2011