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Legal aspects in port operations and trade & Concession policy

February 10 - February 21


Legal plays an important role in calculating all the risks when making well thought decisions in port operations and trade.
A concession strategy holds an important place in port masterplanning and operations. A port authority’s well considered concession policy creates specific conditions to ensure every concession complies with the port’s vision and strategy
This high-level seminar provides an overview of the essential legal aspects of port management and identifies many of the challenges and opportunities facing ports.


Why this programme?

With this programme,
– You will be familiar with how a modern port is being managed and what type of governance models exist,
– You will be able to assess which form of legal structure is most appropriate for your port,
– You will understand what essential legal aspects and public interests you need to consider when managing a port and how legal can facilitate solution-oriented thinking
– You will realise what is the role of legal in all of the different steps in the supply chain
– You will be familiar with common concession models and their implications on selection criteria, pricing strategy, and land allocation processes,
– You will be able to design a concession policy that makes the most efficient use of the available land, optimizing the revenue flows of your port or project and ensuring that new investments fit in with the strategic direction of your port and take into account all stakeholders,
– You will get insights in the key elements and benefits of trade facilitation, simplification and automation of international trade procedures, particularly import and export procedures, transit requirements and procedures applied by Customs and other agencies,
– You will understand the legal impact of innovation and the adoption of new technologies in ports.



This programme is targeted towards:
– managers of port authorities and port operating companies, who are closely involved in overall port management, legal services, port (development) strategy, concession strategies and international trade,
– staff of ministries of transport or maritime affairs,
– everyone focussed on the managerial or legal aspects of port activities: legal officers, surveyors, insurers, international trade officers, etc.


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Course fee: €4.000 
The registration fee covers the tuition fee, documentation, local transport during the seminar, breakfast and lunch, accommodation at the 4 star hotel (14d/13n) and insurance.
International transport, airport transfer, visa costs, dinner, extra meals and nights at the hotel are at your own expense. Extra nights at the hotel need to be arranged directly with the reservation desk of the hotel.

Please note that the registration fee must be received by APEC in full; meaning all national and international taxes, bank costs etc. need to be covered by the participant.
Kindly take this into account when completing the transfer, as a deficit in the amout received by APEC will mean admission to the seminar will be denied.

Final date to apply for a scholarship: 26/12/2019


February 10
February 21
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Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
Antwerp, 2030 Belgium


Kelly Brosens
+32 3229 6609