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Exclusive IR Global advisor for Trade & Customs Law in Netherlands since 2018

Nico Ooijevaar

+31 20 800 4860



University of Amsterdam

Masters in Civil Law, 1979 (LL.M)


Leiden University

Post Graduate Degree in Customs, Excise Duty and Value Added Tax Law, 1981

work experience

Joined Dutch Customs in 1979. Appointed as Lawyer (Inspector) in 1981 at Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol), in charge of Headquarters Technical Team.

Appointed Deputy Head of Customs at Amsterdam Airport in 1982.


Joined Wisselink & Co, Tax Lawyers, Amsterdam, in 1983, as Tax Lawyer specialised in customs, excises and VAT. After merger of the firm with KPMG’s Dutch Tax Law Firm (KPMG Meijburg & Co) in 1988, was made partner 1 January 1993, based in Amsterdam. Developed Trade and Customs Law service line. Managed team of 15-20 Customs Lawyers and Specialists.


Founding member of KPMG’s European Customs Network. Founder of KPMG European Customs Practice in 1995 and its first chairman. Founder of KPMG’s Global Trade and Customs Practice; chairman from 1998 till 2001. Member of KPMG Trade and Customs Practice Global Lead Group.


KPMG representative in Multilateral Trade Committee of the Dutch Employers organisation (VNO).


Retired from KPMG on 1 October 2006.


Co-founder of McMan & Co, International Trade Lawyers in 2006. Lead trade and customs specialist. Currently managing partner of McMan Ooijevaar, international trade and customs specialists.


Member of International Fiscal Association (IFA).

Member of International Bar Association (IBA); Officer of the International Trade and Customs Committee.

Contributing writer to Kluwer’s “European Taxation, Highlights and Insights” and various other publications including “International Tax Review”.


Clients are international companies in Europe, the USA, Canada, Latin America and Asia.

European Customs Counsel for several multinational companies.

Conducts litigation before administrative, tax and customs courts as well as the Court of Justice of the EU. Represents clients before Dutch and other EU customs administrations.

Successfully advised and/or lead litigations for many major multinational companies in some of the largest cases in diverse sectors as High-Tech and consumer electronics, healthcare products, industrial products, footwear, sport goods, alcohol and other excise products.

Almost four decades advising experience covers a wide range of international trade regulation, customs law, excise duties and import/export VAT law.


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About McMAN Ooijevaar: International Trade and Customs

McMAN Ooijevaar: Comercio Internacional y Aduanas

McMan Ooijevaar is a Dutch firm providing a range of services in international trade, customs and VAT.

McMan Ooijevaar provide counsel and representation to multinational corporations; importers and exporters; trade associations, governments, freight forwarders and carriers, with respect to international trade and customs law.

Through its extensive network of experts in many countries McMan Ooijevaar can match and even surpass global services in international trade and customs of the large accounting and legal firms. Personal attention and compatible fees provide our clients with a good alternative to our large competitors.

The firm is fortunate in being able to offer:

– a corporate philosophy focused on providing genuine client service including for international clients the round-the-clock availability of senior personnel

– top specialists in many countries, with years of experience often in large legal and accounting firms like the Big Four and/or the judiciary. Most have also spent time in their earlier careers with Revenue/Customs. Some are now university professors, lecturers as well as advisers to the IMF and the World Bank.

McMan & Co provides a range of international legal services including but not limited to:

All aspects of EU Trade and Customs law, Excise law and Value Added Tax;

Legal advisory services to importers and exporters. This category of service is very broad and extends to all aspects of international trade/customs law;

Representation and advocacy before courts, tribunal’s and customs administrations internationally;

Pre-emptive compliance reviews providing management with a benchmarking report against best practice as a management tool to assist in decision-making; assistance with compliance generally;

Assistance and representation with customs initiated audits/monitoring initiatives

Specialist customs advice on issues like: tariff classification; valuation; Free Trade Agreement eligibility; marking requirements for imports; etc;

Transfer pricing assistance in a customs related party context;

Advise on and representation with regards to import and export control measures, including safeguards and sanctions,         

Advice, analysis and representation where countries impose discriminatory domestic tariffs on imported goods in contravention of Article III of the GATT

Advice on Value Added Tax (VAT or GST);

Advice and assistance to international associations and governments concerning the drafting, review and implementation of customs policies and laws;

The formulation and provision of specialist training in the areas of international trade and customs law.

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Exclusive IR Global advisor for Trade & Customs Law in Netherlands

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