06 October 2020

REGISTRATION OPEN | Freight Forwarders Forum 2020 | Logistics Put to Test at Times of Crisis | 12 November | ONLINE EVENT


CLECAT is pleased to invite you to its annual Freight Forwarders’ Forum – a full-day online event on

Thursday, 12 November


The COVID-19 pandemic has been testing the resilience of logistics supply chains across the globe. No business has been immune to the crisis and profound disruptions have been felt throughout the freight and logistics industry. The European Commission believes its recovery plan provides an unprecedented opportunity to move towards the smart and carbon-neutral transport and mobility system of the future. This comes at a time of pressure on services, new relationship with the UK and capacity shortages in air freight. Will this be sufficient for EU companies to remain competitive?


The Freight Forwarders’ Forum will feature 4 different thematic sessions, following an opening session to set the scene on the lessons learned:

10.00 - 10.35h
Setting the Scene

  • Willem van der Schalk, CLECAT President
  • Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director General, DG MOVE 
  • Mirko Woitzik, Manager EMEA, Risk Intelligence, Resilience360: Lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis and preparing for a recovery

10.40 - 11.55h
Session 1: Liner shipping put to test: serving global trade at times of crisis

  • Stijn Rubens, Senior Consultant, Drewry 
  • Olaf Merk, Project Manager, Ports and Shipping, International Transport Forum  
  • Jens Roemer, Managing Director, a. hartrodt
  • Pyers Tucker, Senior Advisor Corporate Development, Hapag Lloyd AG
  • Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General, FEPORT 
  • Monique Negenman, Head of Unit for State Aid, DG COMP
  • Daniel Boeshertz, Head of Unit for Antitrust in Transport, Post and Other Services, DG COMP

12.00 - 13.00h
Session 2: Future EU-UK relationship: implications for logistics and customs

  • Dimitri Sérafimoff, Director, Portmade
  • Pawel Jarza, Policy & Compliance Advisor, BIFA
  • Olivier Thouard, Director Customs and Tax, GEFCO 
  • Roel van ‘t Veld, EU Customs Policy Lead/Brexit coordination, Dutch Customs 
  • Chris Taylor, Head of Customs, UK Mission to the EU

14.00 - 15.15h
Session 3: Mobilising European freight forwarders to take action to reduce emissions

  • Astrid Schlewing, Head of Sector Logistics, DG MOVE
  • Sophie Punte, Executive Director, Smart Freight Centre  
  • Graham Major-Ex, Head of Green Revenue, Sennder 
  • Dr. Dustin Schöder, Corporate Programs & Project Management, Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Jan Euwema, Business Development Manager, M-Star Freight Services BV

15.15 - 16.15h
Session 4: Air cargo logistics supply chains put to test at times of COVID-19

  • Christophe Dussart, Deputy Head of Unit for Aviation Policy, DG MOVE
  • Lothar Moehle, Director AVSEC & Governance Global Air Freight, DB Schenker 
  • Paul Crombach, Cool Chain Program Manager, AirFrance KLM & Martinair Cargo
  • Alessandro Albertini, President of ANAMA, FEDESPEDI Air Freight Institute
  • David Bellon, President, Air Cargo Belgium 
  • Ben Radstaak, Director Innovation and Compliance, Air Cargo Netherlands

As usual, the event will take you through thought-provoking presentations from experts combined with high-level policy discussions between the policy makers and industry representatives. 

The full programme is available for download here.

If you are interested in joining the event, or a selection of sessions, you can register here.

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