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Committee for Trade & Customs

Chairman of the committee: Dr. Karl Sedlmeyer, (Vice President Global Government Affairs , Adidas)

Vice Chair: Xavier Page, (Amer Sports) 

Vice Chair: Ingrid Perssonm (Nike)

The Trade and Customs Committee covers key political issues for the European sporting goods industry.  The committee proactively engages in European policy formation to support its members, raising awareness of their issues and campaigning for business-positive changes to the rules and practices of international trade.


The committee brings together experts from its member companies and national federations to engage with the relevant European institutions (European Council, European Commission, European Parliament,Economic and Social Committee), European organisations (retailers, consumers, unions, etc.) and other international bodies (World Trade Organisation, World Customs Organisation), in order to progress the free circulation of sporting goods products both inside and outside the European Community. On behalf of its members, FESI also participates in the trade committee of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI).

In this way, FESI enables its members to keep right up to date on all European legislative or policy initiatives and to have a direct say on the issues that affect their business.

The following policy areas are just a few of those covered by the Trade and Customs Committee:

  • Anti-dumping and safeguard measures surveillance
  • Third country market access
  • Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  • Trade liberalisation / Free Trade agreements
  • Customs classification / valuation
  • Rules of origin

FESI is a recognised partner at EU level, e.g. through:

  • European Commission, DG TRADE Market Access Advisory Committee;
  • European Commission, DG TRADE  Market Access Working Group on textiles
  • European Commission, DG TRADE Civil Society Dialogue
  • European Commission, DG TAXUD Trade Contact Group;
  • European Parliament International Trade Committee;
  • European Parliament Internal Market Committee