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Erik de Bie is an attorney-at-law focused on international trade, customs and VAT matters. Erik counsels clients in European trade, export control, sanctions, customs, VAT and excise duty related matters, including litigation. He concentrates his practice on developing and implementing European savings programs, setting up and restructuring European distribution and supply chains, improving and structuring customs, excise duty and VAT related compliance, and limiting risks and liabilities. Given the developments in European legislation and the needs of his clients, Erik is frequently involved in cross-border matters, including obtaining certification as Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), implementing customs bonded warehouse regimes and counseling on VAT issues.

Erik represented (and represents) many companies before Dutch Tax and Customs Courts, the Dutch Supreme Court, the European Commission, and the European Court of Justice.

On Jan. 5, Mr. Mohammed Chamin – a Member of the European Parliament and the “rapporteur” on the proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) in the Parliament’s Committee on Environment,
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After months of negotiations, the United States and European Union have announced that the national security tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imports of steel and aluminum will be
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On March 26, 2021, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai announced that the United States is considering implementing up to 25% retaliatory tariffs on certain products of Austria,
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Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission, has called for ‘new proposals to ensure Europe is more resilient to extraterritorial sanctions by third countries and to
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