Trade & Borders is an industry-leading customs and international trade consultancy specialising in delivering bespoke advice to a broad range of private sector clients as well as institutions such as the British Chambers of Commerce, the Department for International Trade, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and HMRC.
We pride ourselves on our combination of extensive academic and policy knowledge supported by years of practical experience in delivering solutions for firms facing real problems.
We believe in making customs and international trade as simple and accessible as possible. We offer a full-service approach providing support at every stage to ensure that your company is compliant. As a smaller, independent consultancy, we can work flexibly with clients to offer practical, actionable and bespoke advice without the rigid structure and overheads of a major company.
Dr Anna Jerzewska works closely with policy-makers allowing her to expand our knowledge and understanding of the practical interpretation of the rules to help you react faster. Since the Brexit referendum, we have worked with businesses and government institutions to help them better understand customs and border formalities and meet changing international trade rules. We continue to provide support to both the public and private sectors as regulations change, assisting many companies in navigating the complexities of Brexit and the new customs and regulatory border with the EU.
Our Founder and Director, Dr Anna Jerzewska, is a globally recognised customs and international trade advisor with over 16 years of experience.
She currently spends part of each week advising HM Revenue and Customs on customs matters, border processes and trader readiness.
Anna has also been appointed a member of the Department of International Trade UK Customs Working Group. She is an Associate Fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory, an organisation formed in partnership between the University of Sussex and Chatham House.
Anna has a combination of experience working for the public and private sectors. She has helped with policy creation and worked in a corporate setting, allowing her to offer a unique perspective on a wide range of customs and trade policy matters.
In addition to working directly with private sector companies, Anna supported the British Chambers of Commerce for several years to provide support for customs and trade policy as the UK negotiated its relationship with the EU.
Anna drafted guidance for members, supported the BCC in responding to new Brexit developments and represented the BCC during the Joint Customs Consultative Committee and Border Expert Advisory Group meetings.
She also provided advice, research and training services to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Department for International Trade, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Scottish Parliament and many others.
Finally, Anna advises the UN’s International Trade Centre in Geneva, providing expertise on rules of origin, export promotion and market access issues. In recent years Anna joined the ITC’s trade policy team to work on export strategies reviews.
Anna often appears in the media, including the Financial Times, CNN, SKY, the Guardian, Bloomberg and the BBC. She has published papers, articles and book chapters since 2004.
Anna holds a PhD degree in International Political Economy. Her research focused on trade agreements in the East Asian region, integrated supply chains, rules of origin and utilisation of preferential tariffs. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Waseda and a visiting lecturer at Keio University in Tokyo.