Philippe is an associate in the Brussels office dealing with customs, excise, and international trade matters.
Navigating the impact of customs laws on a business’ supply chain, Philippe helps clients in addressing the challenges relating to customs valuation, classification and origin, as well as formal customs laws and suspensive procedures. His practice extends to the broad range of barriers and requirements companies face when bringing goods into the European Union, with respect to both tariffs and product compliance.
Philippe assists clients in solving disputes with customs authorities in Belgium and across the EU, in addition to providing advisory support. His support spans the entire dispute lifecycle, from voluntary disclosures to customs audits, investigations and, ultimately, administrative and court proceedings. Philippe has represented several clients before the European Court of Justice, most recently in a customs valuation in the X BV case (C-160/18). His activities also include consultation with the customs authorities, including voluntary disclosure support, binding information requests, and repayment claims.
Knowing the business and achieving results go hand in hand. Over the last couple of years, Philippe has served clients in the food, textile, automotive, and consumer goods sectors. For his clients trading in energy products and beverages, he has developed specific expertise in excise matters. Serving the public sector, Philippe has been involved in law-making efforts at the national and EU level. He contributed to a study on the ‘Protection of EU financial interest on customs and VAT’ for the European Parliament in 2019 and a report on the Energy Taxation Directive for the European Commission in 2017.
Philippe is a lecturer on customs and international trade at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and a visiting lecturer on customs law at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.