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Mark Rowbotham

International Trade Expert

Mark Rowbotham is a Consultant and Trainer in International Trade, Logistics & Customs Issues, and has spent a considerable length of time working in both the Government and Commercial sectors. He deals primarily with Risk Management, Compliance, Control and Procedural issues in Customs, International Logistics and Supply Chain, Multimodal, Marine and Aviation matters. He is also a specialist in Customs Compliance, Export Controls, Offshore Oil & Gas Logistics and Controls, and has undertaken an extensive number of contracts for a variety of organisations involved in this and other industrial sectors.

He was originally an Officer in HM Customs & Excise, and his responsibilities involved Import and Export Controls over Multimodal and Maritime Freight traffic into and out of UK Ports, including export licensing issues. He was also involved in Airport Cargo Customs controls, dealing with import and export freight shipments landed through several UK airports.

Upon leaving HM Customs & Excise, he became Customs & Seafreight Operations Analyst at one of the London branches of Nippon Express, a large Japanese freight company, and was largely responsible for setting up a new branch of the company at the Port of Felixstowe. Following this, he spent some time on contract assignments designing and implementing seafreight operations manuals and systems, including Leyland-DAF Vehicles near Preston, Lancashire.

Following graduation in Export Management and Languages (Portuguese), he gained a Masters’ Degree in International Relations and Political Economy in 1995, and became an Independent Consultant in International Trade, Customs & Maritime matters 3 years later. He has also written extensively on the subjects of Shipping, Offshore Oil & Gas Logistics, Marine Logistics and Economics, Customs, VAT, Export Controls, Maritime and International Supply Chain Compliance issues for a wide variety of publications, including International Trade, Logistics and Shipping Magazines, and Journals of the following Universities:

• University of Cranfield (Customs Procedures in the International Supply Chain; Origin issues in the International Supply Chain);

• University of Glasgow (Glasgow-Montreal Conference: Comparison of Customs-controlled Freezones at Montreal Mirabel and Glasgow Prestwick Airports).

He advises several Chambers of Commerce in the North of England on Customs and International Trade issues, and frequently delivers Training Courses and Seminars on these issues. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK), and has delivered training courses and created training material on behalf of the Institute. He also advised the Port of Weston Point, Runcorn, on Customs Approval for port status, and the directors of Prestwick Airport Free Zone on future air cargo trends. He also deals with international Financial, Security and Risk Management issues, especially concerning fiscal, international trade and logistics audit trails, and teaches these subjects at University and on bespoke training courses.