©2019 by CLECAT

Freight Forwarders Forum 2019

14 November, 13:30 - 18:30
Residence Palace
Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels

Why FFF 2019?

The ‘Logistics for Europe’ Freight Forwarders Forum brings logistics industry representatives and European law makers together in a constructive dialogue on the future of freight transport.

This year’s Forum will address new and outstanding questions:

- How to move forward in completing the internal market to ensure the EU remains a competitive and sustainable place for logistics?
- What role should the EU play in the harmonisation of IT and data standards to encourage further digitalisation and exchange of data?
- Why does logistics need all transport modes to be connected physically and digitally?
- How to handle growing freight transport needs whilst reducing emissions?
- How can smart logistics solutions support the climate objectives in the era of the Green Deal?


Our Schedule

Plan Your Day

Registration with Coffee


Welcome and Opening


Steve Parker, CLECAT President

Sandro Santamato, Head of Unit, DG MOVE

Maria Rautavirta, Director of Data Business Unit, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications

Digitally Connected Logistics


Harmonisation, standardisation and cooperation in IT are key to make digitalisation in logistics a success. There are many public and private initiatives in this field across Europe/the world and new technologies and concepts come and go fast.

Topics for debate:
- What is the way forward? Which standard, technology or concept will prevail?
- Are these isolated initiatives not leading to even more fragmentation?

- What lessons can be learned from national, European, private sector and research initiatives?
- What is needed from the EU to improve, accelerate or even enforce harmonisation?


Panel moderated by Dominique Willems, Senior Manager, CLECAT

- Thomas Bagge, Managing Director & CEO, Digital Container Shipping Association, DCSA
- Roderick de la Houssaye, CEO, Nedcargo
- Lia Potec, Policy Officer, DG MOVE, European Commission
- Matjaž Auflič, EurTradeNet / TRINET informatika
- Maria Rautavirta, Director of Transport and Communications

Coffee Break


An Internal Market for Sustainable Logistics


The logistics sector needs a well-functioning internal market with access to all modes of transport, which allows for the best utilisation of limited assets and smart solutions that ultimately help companies to reduce emissions.

Topics for debate:
- How can global, European, national or even local smart initiatives support efficient and cleaner freight transport mobility?
- How can digitalisation support emissions accounting to decarbonise freight?
- Restrictions to the internal market and reducing the footprint of freight – is the Mobility Package 1 fit for purpose?

Edgar Uribe Casillas, Global Head of Environment and Sustainability, Kuehne + Nagel – introducing K+N’s target to achieve CO2 neutrality by 2030

Panel moderated by Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General, CLECAT

- Alexandre Paquot, Head of Unit, DG CLIMA (invited)
- Erkki Valtonen, Managing Director Finland, Blue Water Shipping

- Sergio Barbarino, Research Fellow, Procter & Gamble

- Philippe Mangeard, President, TK'Blue Agency
- Edgar Uribe Casillas, Global Head of Environment and Sustainability, Kuehne + Nagel

Conclusions and Handover of the Logistics for Europe Memorandum


Drinks Reception



Our Speakers

Steve Parker

CLECAT President

Steve Parker is Head of Customs & Brokerage Europe at DHL Global Forwarding. He has worked in the logistics industry for 4 decades, during which time he has worked for Pandair/AEI and Danzas and held many positions.

Steve is the current President of CLECAT and has served previously as the Chairman of the CLECAT Customs and Indirect Taxation Institute. He was BIFA National Chairman from 2011 to 2013 and remains a Board member of BIFA.


Sandro Santamato

Head of Unit, DG MOVE

Sandro Santamato is Head of Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, in charge of Maritime Transport and Logistics. The mission of Unit MOVE.D1 is to develop and implement the EU’s maritime transport strategy and logistics policy with a view to develop a well-functioning, effective and open market for maritime transport services and logistics.

To achieve these objectives, the Unit is responsible for legislation on the European Maritime Single Window, on Electronic Freight Transport Information, and on combined transport, aiming to reduce administrative burden and optimise logistics processes and (multimodal) freight transport flows. The unit is also in charge of EU legislation on the freedom to provide maritime transport services within and between Member States, and with third countries. The unit develops initiatives for the reduction of air pollution from ships and coordinates the activities of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) and the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF).


Maria Rautavirta

Director of Data Business Unit, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications

Maria Rautavirta M.Sc is Director of Data Business Unit at the Ministry of Transport and Communications Finland. Maria is responsible on the strategic development of data economy initiatives as well as regulative frame for data utilization and intelligent and automated systems in the transport sector.


In order to foster data economy in global cooperative competition, Maria has lead initiative of the Finland’s  Presidency of the Council of the EU to draft universal Data Economy Principles to guide policies and  regulative measures towards human-centric, thriving and balanced data economy. This initiative has been utilized also when preparing Finnish approach to logistics data and possibilities of data sharing as well as in preparations of the strategic program of digital logistics launched by the Finnish Government.

Dominique Willems

Senior Manager, CLECAT

 Dominique Willems is Senior Manager at CLECAT in charge of digitalisation/IT and customs and indirect taxation.

Before joining CLECAT, Dominique was Policy Advisor for FENEX (the Dutch organization for freight forwarding and logistics) and TLN (Transport and Logistics Netherlands). Before this he was General Manager for an international customs brokerage firm. Throughout his career Dominique has been actively involved in the implementation of international trade legislation, new customs and logistics related IT systems and trade facilitation initiatives.


Thomas Bagge

Managing Director & CEO, Digital Container Shipping Association DCSA

Thomas Bagge was appointed Statutory Director and CEO of Digital Container Shipping Association, a neutral and non-profit association founded by A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE, in April 2019.


Prior to joining DCSA, Thomas has been involved in various transformation activities covering people, process and technology over the past twelve years in Maersk. In addition to his transformational work, Thomas has worked with the Executive Board of by A.P. Moller – Maersk on strategy and strategic change. Most recently, Thomas held the position as adviser to the CIO on Strategy and Digital Transformation.


Thomas brings with him about two decades of working in the transportation and logistics industry, where he has an in-depth understanding of both industry drivers, as well as the challenges experienced by the customers.


Thomas holds a degree in Applied Finance from Copenhagen Business School as well as an Executive MBA. Aside from the role as CEO of DCSA, Thomas holds a number of board positions in other organizations

Roderick de la Houssaye

CEO, Nedcargo

Roderick de la Houssaye is CEO and founder of Nedcargo. After a marketing career at Philips Medical Systems, Mr De la Houssaye founded Nedcargo. Originally, Nedcargo started as a Forwarder, today Nedcargo is active in the Logistics of Food & Beverage in the BeNeLux including excise management, warehousing, value added logistics, trucking, inland container barging and forwarding.

Mr De la Houssaye is chairman of the Dutch Freight Forwarder association (Fenex), board member of Transport & Logistics association of the Netherlands (TLN) and board member of the Rotterdam association of Entrepreneurs (Deltalinqs).

Lia Potec

Policy Officer, DG MOVE

Lia Potec, PhD, is policy officer in the Maritime Transport and Logistics Unit of the European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport. 


Since October 2016, she has been involved in developing the EU policy on digital transport and logistics. She has been coordinating the work on digitalisation of transport documents of the Commission’s expert group Digital Transport and Logistics Forum, and has been responsible for the development of the draft EU Regulation on electronic freight transport information.

Previously, she was involved in the development and implementation of the EU trans-European transport network policy, including its funding through the Connecting Europe Facility programme. Before joining the European Commission, Lia was a diplomat in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and taught international politics to undergraduate students.

Matjaž Auflič

Head of Development, EurTradenet/TRINET informatika

Matjaž Auflič is Bachelor of Computer and Information Science who is employed at Trinet Informatika as Head of Development. Trinet Informatika is a founding member of European Alliance for customs related services EurTradeNet where he is active as a Content Digester for customs procedures, and a member of the second mandate of the Digital Transport Logistic Forum.

Edgar Uribe Casillas

Global Head of Environment and Sustainability, Kuehne + Nagel

Edgar Uribe holds an MBA from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), and a Master of Science from Texas A&M University. He worked as EH&S Leader Latin America, Northern region for Dow Chemical in Mexico before moving to Switzerland, where he currently works for Kuehne + Nagel as Global Head of Environment and Sustainability. 

Nicolette van der Jagt

Director General, CLECAT

Nicolette van der Jagt is Director-General of CLECAT, the European organisation of Logistics Service Providers, Freight Forwarders and Customs since January 2012.

Previously, Nicolette was for 10 years Secretary-General of the Brussels based European Shippers’ Council representing the national and international freight interest of industry around Europe.


She has a university degree in international relations and European studies from the Universities of Utrecht (NL) and Strasbourg (FR).

Alexandre Paquot

Head of Unit, DG CLIMA

Alexandre Paquot currently heads the Road Transport Unit in DG CLIMA at the European Commission, in charge of the CO2 emission standards from cars and heavy-duty vehicles. Previously, he was the Head of Unit on Monitoring, Reporting & Verification, supporting the evaluation of climate policy. He also served as an Assistant to the Director-General. Prior to this, he occupied several functions in DG ENV in the field of industrial emissions and waste management.

Erkki Valtonen

Managing Director Finland, Blue Water Shipping

Erkki Valtonen has, after his studies of foreign trade and business administration, worked in international transport and forwarding for over 25 years. He joined Huolintakeskus Oy in 1990 and held several managerial positions in sales, business development and operations in Turku, Hanko and Helsinki, until the company was sold in 1996. He then joined the freshly founded BDN Cargo Transport Oy, where he worked as Manager of Easter European traffics and in 1998 started as Managing Director of BDN’s subsidiary in Tallinn, Estonia. After the merger of BDN and DFDS in 1999, he worked as Director of Air & Sea in Finland and as Managing Director of DFDS Air&Sea in Finland until 2003.
From 2003 to 2005 Erkki was occupied as a business consultant and Managing Director of Rubinstein Consulting Oy. In 2005 he was called in to head Swanline Oy, a domestic operator of foodstuff logistics. After 7 years in domestic logistics, he again in 2012 entered international logistics by joining Itella Logistics Oy as Head of International Road. He also led the integration process of the merger of VRTranspoint’s domestic operations to Itella in 2012/2013.
Since 2014 Erkki has been the Managing Director of Blue Water Shipping Oy in Finland, https://www.bws.net/en/, a global provider of all logistics services in modern supply chain management.
Erkki has comprehensive experience and competence of leading logistics services, networks and change projects in Finland and abroad. He was for several years a member of the board at the Association of Logistic Enterprises in Finland and since 2016 a member of the board at the Finnish Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association.

Sergio Barbarino

Research Fellow, Procter & Gamble

Sergio Barbarino is an R&D Research Fellow at the Procter & Gamble Brussels Innovation Center where he leads the P&G C+D (open innovation) team. Sergio has been the Chair of ALICE in 2016-2019, the EU Innovation Platform for Logistic aimed at realizing the Physical Internet and is currently in its board as Vice Chair. Born in Naples, Italy, Sergio has a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Napoli Federico II and an MBA from the Solvay Business School in Brussels. Sergio has created in 2007 the first group of Supply Chain & Logistic R&D within Procter & Gamble, called Supply Network Innovation Center, of which he was the Scientific coordinator for 10 years. Sergio has been the scientific leader of 2 EU FP7 Logistic projects: the C03 consortium aiming at increasing shipper collaboration on Logistics in Europe and Modulushca, aimed at the development of new shareable and reusable logistic standard modules for the last mile delivery. In the Chemical Engineering Domain, Sergio has represented P&G in the Large Collaborative projects Impulse and F3 on innovative micro processing leading some of the best demonstrators. Sergio has developed the manufacturing Processes of many well-known P&G Brands (e.g. Mr. Clean, Viakal,) and has been the chief designer for P&G of Innovative Liquid Manufacturing systems for developing markets. He is also responsible for several P&G Academic Partnerships and has been Visiting professor - among others - at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, the City University of London, Laval University Quebec, Solvay Brussels School, Georgiatech and Purdue

Philippe Mangeard

President, TK'Blue Agency

Philippe Mangeard is an entrepreneur of industrial and commercial companies with an international dimension since 1980.  He is agronomic engineer and holder of a DEA in industrial management. He has been working the freight transport sector since the 1990s.
Officer in the National Order of the Legion of Honor, Knight in the National Order of Agricultural Merit, he is also Consul of the Republic of Serbia in France. In 1999, he was the Co-founder of Modalohr, which enabled him to create the Modalohr rail highway. Here he saw modal shift as a positive move economically and ecologically. In 2007, he launched the concept of "Optimodality" and founded the WCC - Circle of Optimodality in Europe: Association of European actors and operators for more eco-responsible freight transport, bringing together fifty companies to date.

In 2012, Philippe Mangeard founded TK'Blue Agency, the first non-financial rating agency for the environmental footprint of freight transport. Consisting of a powerful European governance granting it the status of a Trusted Third Party (3 scientific councils, guidance and monitoring), it addresses a real CSR approach.


The Dutch Port Community System
Portbase connects all parties in the logistics chains of multiple Dutch ports. Using the Port Community System allows everyone to work more efficiently and at lower cost. Are you connected?

Portmade offers proven expertise and worldwide experience in the fields of customs activities and logistics. Our experts place their years of acquired knowledge at your disposal from a multitude of hubs throughout the Benelux.

CONEX is the leading provider of customs software in various Member States.
Its multi-functional duty management system, customs via CONEX, offers solutions for all types of customs procedures and regulations.


Get in Touch

Rue du Commerce 77, B-1040 Brussels

+32 2503 4705

This site was designed with the
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now