In this series, we will interview the people who are always ready to assist you with your customs-related needs in foreign trade. Next up in this series is Mikael Eriksson, Managing Director of our Sweden organisation.

Meet Our People: Mikael Eriksson

In this series, we will interview the people who are always ready to assist you with importing or exporting your goods without worries. Next up in this series is Yvonne Shaw, who is the office manager in Paisley, UK.

Yvonne Shaw - Office Manager

What does Koornstra & Co do?

Koornstra is an importer and exporter of fruit and vegetables. We deliver the goods where they are needed at the right time within our market area, according to JIT – Just-in-time method. That is where our strength lies because we can easily respond to customer requirements.

Garlic Cloves behind a teal overlay

The United Kingdom

The UK continued to strengthen their post-Brexit relationships around the world in 2022. Here are some of their highlights:

South Korea

In February, the UK and South Korea began talks over improving their free trade deal in order to deepen the ties between the two countries.

Technology and our world - special edition world trade news

Supply Chains are getting increasingly digital, and that is a good thing. Increasing amounts of data are being shared digitally, saving all parties a lot of time. It’s not just companies. Governments are digitalising as well, which is clearly visible in customs. An increasing number of processes and procedures have been digitalised in recent years. Up next for a digital refresh are the European excise procedures. The official designation is Council Directive 2020/262.


European Customs Authorities are Digitalizing Excise Procedures


Customs Support: Excise Goods

It also implements the gradual reduction of duty rates for products covered by the "Declaration on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products" agreement, also known as the ITA agreement. The relevant part of the agreement, which specifies the reductions to be implemented by 2023, can be found on the World Trade Organization's website. The CN codes introduced throughout 2022 can also be found on the European Union's EUR-Lex website.

#WeAreCustomsSupport What is the Combined Nomenclature (CN) and why is it essential?

Who are you? 

My name is Kati Fortino. I’m 32 years old, and I live near Helsinki with my Italian husband and our 1.5-year-old boy. My career in customs started in 2013 at SA-TU Logistics, now Customs Support Finland. I’ve had different positions in the customs industry. I began in exports and transitioned to digital transformations and communications. I grew as the company grew, and now I’m the Marketing Coordinator for Finland and Sweden.   

Kati Fortino

In this series, we will interview the people who are always ready to assist you with importing or exporting your goods without worries. Next up in this series is Jens Stevens, who is a senior customs consultant in The Netherlands.

Jens Stevens

Plus we are supported by 1500+ customs experts from across Europe. Meaning that we can provide you with full-service solutions and Empower your Global Trade. So, what exactly do we do?

CFSP Bureau

Customs Freight Simplified Procedure is a straightforward, efficient, and cost-effective import process that Customs Support Felixstowe are authorised to operate on behalf of, or directly for regular traders in the UK. 

Felixstowe Port

Did you know that nearly 100 million live Christmas trees are bought across Europe and America every year? If you assumed every tree was valued at £30 (34.27 Euro 20/12/2022), that’s three billion pounds of trade on just the Christmas tree alone. That’s without freight, insurance, or decorations!

Christmas Tree - Guess the Link