Tim Hesselink

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Meet Tim

As a committed and solution-oriented lawyer, Tim’s practice focuses on international trade, trade regulatory and corporate compliance matters addressing customs, economic sanctions and export controls. He has in-depth experience regarding international sanctions and export control regimes (Russia, Crimea, Middle East). His practice further includes EU customs compliance (customs classification, origin, customs valuation/transfer pricing) and the compliance aspects of trade regulation (free trade agreements, antidumping).

Tim is also a part-time lecturer on export controls and EU customs law at the VU University in Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors. He is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences. He founded the LinkedIn Group “Union Customs Code (UCC)”, a group for customs and international trade professionals to discuss the UCC and its significant changes to EU customs law (3000 members). Tim is a contributor to a specialist Dutch journal on customs law and nominated in the Guide to Trade & Customs Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal (2015-2018). Clients describe him as  “one of the most outstanding lawyers in the Netherlands”, say sources, who describe him as “fantastic, not only in customs but in export controls as well”.


Tim Hesselink works with manufacturers, suppliers, international commodity traders, logistics service providers, and customs/VAT brokers in both non-contentious and contentious matters. His deep knowledge and vast experience of the EU regulatory environment (in particular economic sanctions and export controls) combined with a solid background in customs law, is an asset. He not only advises clients but also litigates. Tim represents clients in proceedings before the national customs authorities and courts, but also before the European Commission, its advisory committees, and the Court of Justice of the European Union. In this capacity he also cooperates with and coordinates external specialist lawyers. Tim’s experience as a company lawyer at a US multinational in Paris as well as a senior legal counsel in the customs section at the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam, further provides for business sense and a strategic approach.


Brexit - a guide to EU - UK trade of goods - Whitepaper, July 2020


Dutch, English, German, French


Dutch Bar Association, American Bar Association (associate member)


Leiden University (tax law, law and economics of international energy markets)


Travelling, reading, tennis, golf, cycling and cooking


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  • International Trade & Logistics
  • Food & Health
  • Maritime & Offshore Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry


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