Derek is a Partner at PwC's regional Customs & International Trade practice in Asia currently based in Shanghai and also covering Hong Kong. He has been in the tax advisory role since 1999. Derek is very hands-on and has extensive experience in leading many advisory projects in the areas of customs & trade compliance, efficiency, and audit/investigation dispute resolution for some of the firm's most prominent clients.
Derek is a qualified AICPA and is therefore well positioned and experienced in advising companies in the topics of customs valuation and its implications on transfer pricing. He has conducted various training/discussion forums with China South Customs Officials on transfer pricing and customs valuation for related party transactions. Derek has also led various government projects in the customs & trade area.
He is very passionate in pursuing improvements for his clients in customs & trade compliance and efficiency, as well as other customs & trade areas, and brings deep expertise to his clients in areas such as customs classification, import/export procedures, non-tariff and licensing requirements, customs compliance and planning opportunities, market entry import strategies and regulatory requirements, country of origin, free trade agreements, duty relief programmes, bonded zones, bonded manufacturing, China processing trade and customs handbook management, Authorised Economic Operator programmes, customs & trade automation (e.g. Amber Road, Integration Point, SAP, Thomson Reuters, etc.), e-commerce customs & trade import models, voluntary disclosures, etc..
Derek is regularly invited by various business chambers/federations, professional associations/institutes, etc. to speak as a leading figure on the latest customs & trade topics. He is an alumnus of Cass Business School and the London School of Economics and Political Science.