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About Arne Mielken

Customs & Global Trade Leader with more than 20 years of experience

I’ve been a professional Customs and Global Trade Management Consultant & Trainer since 2011. Since 2020, I am the blessed to be the Managing Director of Customs Manager Ltd. I believe in maintaining a positive mindset, creating partnerships with a purpose, and always striving for significant outcomes. When you work with me, you should expect a collaboration with transparency and consistency. Want to learn more? Contact me today for an initial consultation.

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Bio Arne Mielken

Customs Expert. Global Trade Geek. Thought Leader.

Arne Mielken is a leading global trade professional in the UK and the EU and Managing Director of Customs Manager Ltd. He is accredited customs & export control practitioner and certified classification specialist. Arne is on a mission to empower businesses and people with import and export responsibilities with advice, consulting, training and trade intelligence to grow their businesses by trading across the border effectively, efficiently and, of course, compliantly. He holds a BA (Hons) on International Business and Modern Languages and an Executive MBA. He holds a Diploma in World Customs Compliance and Procedures. He is a member of the EU's Trade Contact Group (TCG) od DG TAXUD and a member of the HMRC-sponsored Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC). He often speaks at public events and writes on customs and global trade topics. He speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

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Arne Mielken advocates for the growth of international trade by pushing for the advancement of trade facilitation, modern customs, and global trade policies.

Arne's extensive experience in collaborating with European and UK government officials and international organizations such as the World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization has resulted in significant improvements in customs procedures. His expertise and knowledge in this field make him a valuable asset to any organization looking to speak with local, and regional governments and global organisations to improve customs procedures.

Customs & Global Trade Expert

Resume / CV Highlights of Arne Mielken, Managing Director, Customs Manager Ltd.

Arne Mielken is an accomplished business leader with solid experience planning and leading customs and global trade operations, achieving all strategic organizational business objectives while aligning global trade to business objectives and adding value.

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August 2020 - Today

Managing Director, Customs Manager Ltd

Supervise and control all strategic and business aspects of the company, including providing the strategic direction as well as creating a vision for success. Act as prudent manager and an inspiring leader with a business mindset to drive
the company’s development and guide it towards long-term and enhance the company’s cash flow while keeping the human factor in perspective.

August 2015-July 2020

Senior Trade Specialist / Director, Amber Road / E2open UK Ltd.

Directed 6-member team of global trade specialists and effectively managed healthy divisional operations. Devised strategy for the division to achieve long- and short-term business objectives. Achieved steady business growth, maintained capability supported service development, and ensured customer success by strategising and leading divisional operations. Supported RFI, RFP, and sales cycles by provided advice and enabling sales/product management teams to devise winning solutions for customers.

July 2013 - March 2015

Customs & Global Trade Manager, Grant Thornton UK Ltd.

Expanded the firm's portfolio of the UK and international clients by participating and leading in business development initiatives and proposal activity. Developed and led a multi-talented, cross-disciplined team, effectively managing and driving business engagements to a successful conclusion. Identified cost-saving opportunities for the client across the supply chain as well as supported with achieving customs compliance through advice and solutions designing.

June 2011 - June 2013

Asistant Manager, Deloitte, UK Ltd.

Assisting in the build of the Customs & Global Trade Practice by providing industry leading advice and support to clients across all industries, shapes and seizes. Support AEO implementation projects, carry out customs compliance audits, assist in customs classification and origin determination requirements. Set up and implement duty savings customs procedures. Carry our export control audits for EU and US (EAR and ITAR). Manage projects, finances and people.

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I have an extensive background in international trade and customs management. As the former Vice-President of the Institute of Export and International Trade and current CEO of Customs Manager Ltd, I possess a wealth of expertise and experience that allows me to inspire and motivate the next generation of customs professionals and fellow leaders.

I cherish the ability to effectively communicate complex customs matters and make crucial decisions for the future of our profession on a daily basis. It makes me an influential and collaborative leader who positively impacts those around me.

I feel privileged to continue serving on various committees and associations, providing my leadership to further elevate our profession to greater heights.

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