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On October 10, 2023, it will be announced who wins the Customs Pro Award 2023!

But no winner without a jury of course. Therefore, we would like to introduce you to our jury:


Nele Derynck

Ms Nele Derynck began her career with the Belgian Customs Service in 2005 after studying commercial sciences and postgraduate fiscal sciences. She has worked continuously since then at the Non-Fiscal Legislation Service, within the Legislation Department at the Central Services in Brussels, where she specialised in export control. She is a WCO-accredited lecturer in Strategic Trade Control Enforcement and contributes in EU outreaches for partner countries.

Since 2015, she has been in charge of the service, managing 10 fellow experts in a variety of matters within prohibitions and restrictions. These 'P&R' have experienced expansion and increasing complexity and interconnectivity over the past decade which poses numerous challenges. The Non-Fiscal Legislation Service deals with the prohibition, control and restriction measures applicable to import, export and transit movements where Customs carries out supervision and control on behalf of other federal and federated public authorities such as FAFS, FPS Environment, FPS Economy and the Regions.

Jef Hermans

Managing Director of Portmade NV (as part of the Customs Support Group). Customs Representation in 14 countries with focus on digital communication and interfacing with clients and government. Industry, logistic providers and transport operators is the target audience for consultancy and customs declarations. Partner in various branch associations in Antwerp, Zeebruges and national. (Forward Belgium, VOKA Alfaport, APZI, Verexz, ...)

Co-convenor National Forum Customs (Marketing & Communication) + Steering group National Forum Customs

Members of the jury

Frederik Cappelle

Director in KPMG's Global Trade & Customs practice

Isabelle De Clercq

Trade Facilitation Expert Cargo Solutions at PSA Antwerp

Michel Lequeu

Employed at Central Administration - Marketing Department - Team Economic Support working as national customer coordinator and FR coordinator 3C firms

Walter Van der Meiren

Brokerage Devision Manager at UPS and winner of the first Customs Pro Award in 2020!

Veerle Dierendonck

Employed at Administration Operations - Central Component working as national contact person AEO and e-commerce expert

Jan Van Wesemael

Senior Advisor Customs & Compliance at VOKA Alfaport Antwerpen-Waasland

Gwendy Poelmans

Employed at Administration Operations - Region Hasselt - Team ABC working as sCBR (senior coordinator business risk) and auditor of customs permits

One by one relevant experts who make up an independent jury.

As part of the Customs Pro Award 2023, the public can cast their votes for one of the eight nominees.
The online voting takes place on the website
The online voting period runs from Friday, September 1, 2023 at 8am until Monday, October 2, 2023 at 8am.

The winner of the Customs Pro Award will be announced during the Customs Pro Award on Tuesday 10 October 2023 at the KPMG offices in Zaventem.


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