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Lionel Van Reet

Baker McKenzie BV/SRL
Not admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction


Lionel joined Baker McKenzie as customs lead in February 2022. He has over 23 years of experience in the field of customs, international trade, excises and energy levy. Lionel is lecturer at the UIA (Antwerp) and ULG (Liege). He is in charge of the customs, excises and international trade course at the Solvay Tax MBA.

In 2023, Lionel was appointed by the Global ICC board as Chair of the ICC Global Customs Valuation Working Group.

Lionel is also chairing the Indirect Taxes subcommitee of AMCHAM BE.

Lionel's Indirect Tax practice team has been recognized as Tier 1 Indirect Tax Team in Belgium by ITR World Tax.

Practice Focus

Lionel focuses mainly on Trade & Customs transformation initiatives, Trade & Customs essentials, Trade & Customs processes optimization, Trade & Customs Strategy & Governance and Trade & Customs compliance.

He has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of export control and sanctions, and in assisting companies in reviewing and managing their export control compliance monitoring system. Lionel furthermore has comprehensive knowledge of trade management, compliance and risk technical solutions (e.g., SAP GTS, MIC, Oracle GTM, Conex, Descartes, Streamsoftware, etc.).

Over the course of his career, Lionel has also been heavily involved in the Trade aspects and impacts of the implementation of several trade-related legislations: REACH, CITES, Green Deal (inc. CBAM,..) in the EMEA region.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Project leader on large tax-aligned supply-chain optimization projects (including global trade compliance software implementation for pan-European activities).
  • Project leader on the setup of an EU HUB structure that will (pre-) assemble parts of a LNG manufacturing plant, which will eventually be constructed in Russia.
  • Project leader on global classification projects for heavy machinery industries (200K parts).
  • Engagement leader on a global OEM optimization project for the heavy machinery industry.
  • Project Leader on global customs valuation optimization project for a large Multinational.
  • Engagement leader in charge of global trade compliance (including export control) and customs HUB analysis to determine the most favorable countries for implementing GDCs (global distribution centre) & RDCs (regional distribution centre).
  • Customs project lead on the implementation of an OPR and bonded-warehouse customs structure for a company based in the Middle East to optimize the duty savings of the supply-chain scheme.
  • Engagement manager on the implementation of the AEO certification and setup of green lanes at the Belgian Customs Authorities (1 V2 year project).
  • Participated in "cash-flow optimization" assignments in various sectors including customs value and working-capital optimization and broker-rationalization projects.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lionel is lecturer at the UIA (Antwerp) & ULG (Liege). He is in charge of the Customs, Excises & International Trade Course at the Solvay Tax MBA.


  • U.I.A. (Logistics, Customs & International Trade Specialization) (2002)
  • ICHEC Brussels Management School (Master in Business & Finance Administration)


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Italian