Customs, the return of protectionism: expert panel discussion in Italy

Genoa - This will be the first time the World Customs Law Meeting event is held in Italy, it will take place September 6-8 at the headquarters of Italy’s Customs Agency in Rome.

Genoa - Recent protectionist tendencies from the US, together with Brexit and the EU’s closed borders, are stirring up the world of customs regulations, with yet unknown consequences on trade relations and growth, in a world economy that has not yet recovered from the last crisis, and where the way ahead, following a decade of globalization, seems unclear. While the prospect of a feared 20% US border-tax seems to have been averted for the time being, leading exponents in Customs and the Law will meet next week in Rome, precisely to analyse these entirely new phenomena. The three-day event organized by Genoa’s law firm Studio Armella & Associati, in conjunction with KPMG, will be held on behalf of the International Customs Law Academy (ICLA), an organization grouping the world’s leading scholars on the subject, with over 150 participants in attendance, mainly from outside Italy. “Customs law has been a niche field for years,” says Sara Armella, main partner of Armella & Associati law firm, and ICLA member, “but recent developments have brought about a series of moves that are making those beyond its narrow field pay more and more attention, as time-honoured frameworks, underpinned by agreements between countries involved in global trade, are being eroded by the ever-increasing attrition of multilateralism and protectionism, affecting a sector with over 750 thousand employees. This will be the first time the World Customs Law Meeting event is held in Italy, it will take place September 6-8 at the headquarters of Italy’s Customs Agency in Rome. At the meeting some 30 speakers will discuss the subject of “Customs Law and the emergence of nationalist policies of regional disintegration. Multilateralism or protectionism?”

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