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  KGH Border Services News
 Issue no. 13


In this issue you can read about our AEO work in Brazil and Uruguay. You will also get a report from the INCU Conference in Baku and learn about the worlds fastest border. Finally, we'll tell you how Swedes celebrate their cherished midsummer. Make sure to visit our website,, and to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

In this issue

Dear Reader,   

It is time for another Newsletter from KGH Border Services. It has been very busy months this year and time is running fast.

We are expanding our business by winning contracts in all regions around the world. This is naturally positive and inspiring, but it also means a lot of travelling. However, meeting the client in country is always the best part and moment of international work.

I am also very happy to announce that we keep our track record of always deliver our projects on time. This is one of our trade marks and maybe the ability that we are most proud of - to always deliver our projects on time.

When meeting clients, I sometimes get the question what makes KGH Border Services special and our business offer different from other companies? Why should we work with your company? My answer is to high-light our strenghts;
  • We know the international best practices for AEO, Single Window, Paperless Customs and One-Stop-Shop etc, since we invented them. These concepts were first developed and introduced in Sweden.
  • Implementation is our business. We have done it before on the ground.
  • We are independent and system integration is our model. You don't need one big system, but the best application for each part of the process. Then to make these systems and applications working together, we know what works and we make it work for you.
  • We work in all major languages and we combine the practices from all leading regions.
If you want to know more, you know where to find us.

I wish you all (on the Northern hemisphere) a very nice summer!
For our friends in the South - keep your spirit up, it will soon be spring!

Best regards
Lars Karlsson
KGH Border Services
Mobile: +46 722-124948

KGH in Uruguay

KGH Border Servces has been rewarded a contract to develop the next steps of the Uruguay AEO programme and a national model for AEO Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA). At a start-up meeting in Montevideo, President Lars Karlsson and his team, met with the top Management of Uruguay Customs and the Uruguay AEO team to discuss the planning of the project and the way forward. 

Lars Karlsson said in a comment: "It is very interesting for us to work with Uruguay Customs on AEO, since the Uruguay AEO programme is a schoolbook example on how to develop an Authorised Economic Operator concept. We will now advice Aduanas on how to take the next steps in the development of a full scale programme - based on our experince from numerous countries - and also on how to start the process of MRA with other countries. It is essential to have a national MRA model before starting the negotiation with other countries, this will speed up the process but it will also secure the national interest of the own country within the process. We are proud and honored to have been selected to support this important work and we are looking forward to the cooperation".

INCU Conference in Baku

On the 21-23 of May the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) held its Inaugural Conference “Trade Facilitation Post-Bali: Putting Policy into Practice” in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan. The conference was jointly organised by the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) and the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and hosted by the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The conference was a tremendous success. It brought together more than 200 delegates from over 70 countries including representatives of customs administrations, the private sector, academic institutions and international organisations.

Lars Karlsson taking a selfie with
Economy Nobel Prize winner
Professor Al Roth.
The conference was co-chaired by the Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Professor Aydin Aliyev, and the President of the INCU, Professor David Widdowson.  

The opening address of the conference was delivered via video by the Director General of the World Trade Organization, H.E. Ambassador Roberto Azevedo. Conference delegates were also addressed by three Nobel Laureates: Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides, Professor Thomas Sargent and Professor Alvin Roth, and the Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Dr Alan Bersin, along with many other distinguished academics and customs practitioners.

The high level Government representation at the conference, including that of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, the Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other senior members of Government was extremely well received and greatly appreciated by all delegates. Based on the outcomes of the conference INCU adopted the Baku Resolution. 

KGH Border Services President Lars Karlsson, delivered a Key Note Speech on Customs Leadership and Management and its role in capacity building under the title, 'When Elephants Fly', which is also the title of Mr. Karlsson's new book.

Here is a link to the INCU Baku Resolution: - The Brazil AEO programme

KGH Border Services work with Procomex in supporting Receita Federal (Brazil Customs) in the development of the AEO programme. During the 10 year celebration of Procomex, Under Secretary Dr. Ernani Checcucci, Director General of Brazil Customs, announced the new name of the Brazil AEO programme to be launched later this year at a busoness conference in Sao Paulo on 26 May 2014. More than 300 companies participated. 

The name for the AEO programme was decided after an open beauty contest among the Brazil private sector. Companies could nominate names and logos and the final name and logo was decided among 13 finalist by an independent jury. 
This is the winning contribution:
The name and logo is modern and signalizes that the Brazil programme is developed fully in line international standards. At the same time there is no doubt that this is a Brazilian programme. 

The fastest border in the world

This is Svinesund, the fastest and most modern border crossing in the world. The border between Sweden and Norway is where we developed and implemented Single Window and One-Stop-Shop. 

This also where KGH traditionally has developed and implemented state-of-the-art solutions. This is where the concepts were invented, tested and became operational. 
The Swedish-Norway is still today, after decades, the most effecient border crossing in the world. International institutions like World Bank sends many delegations every year on study visits to this border. The Sweden-Norway border is also the longest landborder of the European Union. The model has to various degrees been copied in many other countries, but the original is still the most modern solution in the world.
Today we have a combined and fully integrated Single Window and a One-Stop-Shop where there is only one agency at the border working front-office for all other agencies in both countries and the entire EU. The release times are the fastest in the world fully based on risk management principles and a 100% electronic paperless flow and automatic clearance without any supporting documents. 
One border station is Swedish and the next one by the border is Norwegian. The Swedish station handles all processes for both Norway (all agencies) and all (back-office) agencies in Sweden and the other 27 countries of the European Union. 
There is only one agency by the border, either Swedish Customs or Norway Customs. Customs do all front office work including import/export for both countries and release of goods. The back-office agencies in both countries do legislation, policies and risk management. Customs work as lead and only front-office agency by the border working on commission for all other agencies. This is not a model that can be fully implemented in all other countries but the principles and practical arrangements can fully or in parts be used everywhere else in the world.
This is a very cost-effecient and trade facilitation friendly solution optimizing processes and at the same providing strong security and safety through a one-face-at-border solution without any coordination challenges or problems. The model has been operational for decades and works very well based on a common legislation negotiated between the countries and approved by the European Union. 
If you want more information about this state-of-the-art solution - please contact KGH Border Services. 

Swedish Midsummer

Time for midsummer. The biggest - by far - holiday in Sweden. We celebrate this from ancient times and it is huge in Sweden. This day we celebrate together with our family and friends. Sweden is absolutely closed. Midsummer Eve and Midsummer Day is a much bigger holiday than New Year or Xmas in Sweden. Originally this was celebrated during Viking times as the day when day is as longest in the year. In Sweden Midsummer is a day when it never gets dark, it is light all around the clock.

The celebrations starts in the morning and continues all day and night. People decorate a Midsummer pole and many times and in most places there is dances around the Midsummer pole. In the afternoon we eat together. and in the evening we have the Midsummer supper containing a specific smorgasbord with herring, new potatoes, some herbs - followed by strawberries - and always with huge amounts of vodka. This is the tradition. If we are lucky we have good weather, this is not always the case, and we can spend the entire day outside. Well, really, we DO spend the entire day and night outside regardless of the weather. Happy Midsummer!
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