Experience

Leon has been advising on trade and customs issues for more than 25 years. His clients are many and varied and include director-major shareholders (DMS), and multinationals operating in various sectors such as the chemical, automotive, fashion, pharmaceutical, food and drink, and electronics industries. He has extensive experience in the field of excise duties, private motor vehicle and motorcycle tax, trade compliance and export control.

Before joining Meijburg & Co in 1995, Leon worked for the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.

He is frequently involved with international customs planning and customs compliance (SASP certificates and rulings on customs value). Leon is chairperson of the Customs Committee of the VNO-NCW, the largest employer's organization in the Netherlands. He has litigated extensively before Dutch judicial bodies and before the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.

Leon regularly organizes seminars on trade and customs issues and is also a frequent speaker at various conferences and seminars. Since 2004, he has been chairperson of KPMG’s Trade & Customs practices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This has enabled him to gain valuable international experience.

Specialization

  • Setting up international customs structures for multinationals
  • Optimizing and implementing customs value structures
  • Free trade agreements (FTA’s)

Education and memberships

  • Appraiser, Ministry of Finance Training Institute, the Hague

Publications

  • Kanters, L.E.C. (2012). Monitoring global developments in customs & duties. In: Global Manufacturing Outlook: Fostering Growth through Innovation. Published by KPMG and The Economist Intelligence Unit, p. 14.