These are extremely complicated projects, with respect to content as well as managerial. You can't take any risks; you truly need experts to tackle the jobs. The Vellekoop & Meesters advisors were remarkably strong conceptually and delivered excellence.

Frederik Heijink
Program Manager Client International

The business analysts from Vellekoop & Meesters have the capacity to specify a new complex and reality. In addition, they ensure that strategic targets are achieved and the workfloor staff is assisted.

Lex Moret
Project leader UNCTAD/ASYCUDA and Client Kenya

Client International: Better trade position due to knowledge transfer

EL&I Directorate Industry & Trade and nVWA

Several IT systems have been installed in the past years to support the import and export of agricultural goods. These are initiated by both government and (importing and exporting) business communities. (See also the project reference Client Export) The export certification itself - i.e. the exchange of quality information between authorized agencies regarding the exported good - occurs mostly on paper. Every export shipment of agricultural goods is assigned an export certificate with predetermined information, provided by the government of the exporting country and intended for the government in the destination country. The Dutch government already provides around 500,000 export certificates annually for governments outside of the EU.

The new Dutch (CLIENT) systems make it possible to take the next step in improving import and export; the complete digital exchange of information regarding import and export shipments between governments and the related business entities. Electronic export certification has numerous advantages for the governments and the business world as opposed to conventional paper export certification:

  • timely international data exchange; 
  • superior content certainties;
  • fewer logistic delays;
  • lower fraud risk;
  • better risk management at the external borders;
  • lower transaction costs;
  • lesser administrative burdens.

The move from paper to digital data exchange is, in reality, not simple. Both the authorities and the business world are used to paper; it's a part of their daily import and export procedures. To switch from paper to digital in one colossal step is, for many of the parties concerned, just too big a step. The transition needs to be made gradually. Vellekoop & Meesters was asked to support various aspects of the transition process.