In times of Brexit and tariff wars (also called customs war), it may never have been so relevant to attract, retain and celebrate the skills, the knowledge and the talent of those who deal with international customs and trade compliance. These specialists make the international trade flow and help the company flourish. They deserve this special recognition.


The International Chamber of Commerce in Belgium partners with Customs4trade, with the sponsorship of KPMG, the collaboration of Microsoft and the support of the Belgian General Administration of Customs and Excise Duties, the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium to invite all professionals from the logistics, supply chain management, trade compliance and other import-export departments to celebrate and get an opportunity to get theirs skills and achievements under the spotlight.


They benefited from 2.445 online individual votes between 15 November and 31 December 2019


23 January 2020 16:00-20:00
Microsoft 1K Zaventem Airport

24 January 2020 10:20-12:00
Brussels Town Hall

Gerrit De Sterck
Customs Regulatory Affairs Manager, DHL Aviation

Annick De Vuyst
Customs & Trade Compliance Manager EMEA, Becton Dickinson EDC

Stefanie Decaluwé
Supply Chain Coördinator, Agristo

Stéphanie Malenger
Import Export Customs Manager, Klüber Lubrication Benelux S.A.

Voting has ended on 31/12/2019. 

Results are due to be announced during the Customs Professional Award 2020 Ceremony on Thursday 23 January 2020 (16:00-20:00, Microsoft 1K Zaventem Airport).

Registration is free of charge.

Jean-François Thiry
Managing Director, SSG (Scott Sports Group) Europe Distribution Center SA

Walter Van der Meiren
Regulatory and Compliance Director, UPS Europe

Johan Van Dingenen
Customs Development Manager Customs & Trade (TCP), Nike

Wendy Van Vlasselaer
Customs Manager, Reynaers Aluminium NV

Click on the picture of each nominee to get more information about her/him (as provided by her/him for the voters).

This shortlist of nominees has been delivered  on November 5th, 2019 by an independent jury composed of a Chairman, M. Frank Janssen – retired Head of Unit at the DG Taxud of the European Commission, and MM. Werner Rens – General Counsellor at the General Administration of Customs & Excises, Abram Op de Beeck – Manager Customs and Foreign trade at BASF Antwerpen & co-chair of the National Forum (Customs), and Frederik Cappelle – Customs, Excise & International Trade Services at KPMG. Numerous applications have been received online during the submission period that was closed on October 15th, 2019.


A unique opportunity to put the best in-house experts for international customs, regulatory and trade compliance under the spotlight. The two (free) events are organised alongside the International Customs Day 2020, and will provide for the community of customs specialists an exceptional moment of celebration.

More than ever today, in Belgium and everywhere, skills and knowledge in customs and trade compliance deserve to be celebrated!

If you participate to both events, please don’t forget to register for each event separately, using both the two registration forms hereunder.


23 January 2020 16:00-20:00
Microsoft 1K Zaventem Airport

Programme and registration


24 January 2020 10:20-12:00
Brussels Town Hall

Programme and registration

Cancellation policy

Due to the limited number of seats for the Award ceremonies and the experience of the co-organizers that often large number of people book places on free events while not showing up, we regret to charge €45 +VAT to cover our costs for non-attendance. For cancellations received up to (and including) 7 working days prior to the event no charge will be made;

Cancellation by individuals must be given in writing and received by email to  Exceptional circumstances may of course be considered.

The co-organizers reserve the right to cancel an event or any associated function at their sole discretion. In the event of such no charges will be made. The co-organizers expressly exclude any liability for any direct or indirect losses or damages whatsoever arising as a result of such cancellation and will not, for example, be responsible for any travel or accommodation costs incurred.

In the event of cancellation, the co-organizers will use reasonable endeavours to alert those who have booked to attend an event and details of any cancellation will be posted on the Customs Professionals Award website: Attendees are responsible for checking this information prior to the event.