Welcome to the webpages of Trade Facilitation Consulting, a company with specialist expertise in trade facilitation, trade logistics and trade and customs procedures. The company's owner and Director is Dr Andrew Grainger.
Andrew has more than 15 years of experience within the domain. This has included employment in freight forwarding, consulting, IT, policy, training and higher education. For a number of years Andrew was also the Deputy Director for Trade Procedures at SITPRO, the UK's former trade facilitation agency. During his time at SITPRO he also provided the secretariat for EUROPRO, an umbrella organisation representing European trade facilitation bodies.
Since becoming an independent consultant he has worked for a wide range of public and private sector clients. This has included stints as staff consultant with the World Bank Group, assignments for the European Commission, various UK government agencies and the governments of Laos and Ethiopia, amongst others.
He has also collaborated closely with independent research organisations and universities. On occasion this has included assignments for multinational consulting firms, IT contractors and accreditation bodies. His specific strengths include:
- Stakeholder engagement, stakeholder workshops and the management of policy groups
- The evaluation of trade compliance costs and wider trade environmental diagnostics
- The drafting of strategy documents and white papers
- Public-private dialogue
Andrew is also on the Editorial Board of the World Customs Journal and member of the International Network of Customs Universities' (INCU) Management Committee. Ordinarily based in the UK, Andrew is international in outlook. Fluent in English and German, he has aspirations for improving his Mandarin and Malay.