Expanding global markets, especially in emerging countries, offer business opportunities for all, including fraudsters and members of organized crime. Fraud in international trade is a risk with costly consequences for all parties involved.

Fraud affects traders, shippers, logistic companies, insurers, banks, and all other parties involved in international trade, transport and banking transactions. It is of vital importance to identify misuse and fraud before it happens, before documents are submitted or payments are transferred.

Mr. Michael Howlett, Director of ICC Commercial Crime Services (London), will clarify how to recognize red flags and criminal behaviour in advance to avoid losses, and explain the different manifestations of fraud in international trade through case studies. In doing so, he will touch upon the risks for all parties involved and how to prevent fraud.

Finally, we will discuss how duped businesses and private parties can recover their assets. How can fraudsters be traced? What are the do’s and don’ts? Based on practical cases, participants will gain insight in which steps to take in asset recovery.

Learning goals

  • Clearly understand the different types of fraud

  • Better understand a variety of fraud issues confronting importers/exporters

  • Benefit from the analysis of case studies on documentary credit and international trade finance frauds

  • Understand the role of banks in fraud

  • Learn how to identify and manage the risks associated with fraud

  • Gain insight in preventing fraud


  • Michael Howlett, Director ICC Commercial Crime Services (London)

  • Hugo Verschoren, owner of goVer Trade Technologies, previously with ING, 40 years experience inside and outside Trade Finance (Brussels)

  • Kees van de Meent, Partner-Attorney at Florent, Dutch member of ICC’s Fraudnet, co-author of the FraudNet Compendium on Asset Tracing and Recovery (Amsterdam)

Preliminary program

09.00 Registration
09.30 Welcome
By Marijke Wolfs, Secretary General, ICC Netherlands
09.45 Trade Finance Fraud- part 1
Introduction, buyers & sellers at risk, examples, prevention and remedies. What are the traditional trade finance frauds? How do you spot the warning signs? What are risks to buyers and sellers? What are the restrictions and solutions available to victims seeking recompense?
By Michael Howlett
Trade Finance Fraud- part 2
Banks at risk, BL manipulation and abuse of the trade finance system. Sanctions and the Development of Mis-represented Bills of lading
By Michael Howlett
12.30 Lunch

Risks & consequences for banks offering trade finance services
By Hugo Verschoren

Recovery of losses
By Kees van de Meent

Other cargo and insurance frauds
Steps to take in case of suspicion of fraud, illegal deviations, losses of cargo, charter party failures, the use of the container to commit frauds, container theft, diversion of cargoes and other trade problems and piracy & hijacking will be discussed
By Michael Howlett

Q & A
17.00 Concluding remarks, drinks & networking



Target audience
Trade finance managers, export and import managers, shipping and logistics managers, in-house counsel, and lawyers engaged in ‘trade finance’ and ‘commercial law’ of insurance companies, shippers, logistic companies and banks


Please contact ICC Netherlands by sending an e-mail with your name, company’s name, address, telephone number and number of participants to: Once you are registered, you will receive an invoice.

For questions, please contact ICC Netherlands by sending an e-mail message to:

For members: €450,- (excluding VAT/BTW, including lunch and drinks)

For non-members: € 575,- (excluding VAT/BTW, including lunch and drinks)

Please note that, due to the character of the seminar, the number of participants is limited. Registration (on a first come, first serve basis) will close on 20 May 2020, end of day. Registrations cancelled after 22 May 2020 will be charged in full.

Early Bird fee until 6 March

For members: €375,- (excluding VAT/BTW, including lunch and drinks)

For non-members: €475,- (excluding VAT/BTW, including lunch and drinks)


Please contact ICC Netherlands by sending an e-mail message to: