My career

25 years devoted to customs

Professional experience

Leading Spanish Customs since 2012

Throughout my career I have assumed various responsibilities in the customs field and have contributed to the ongoing modernization of the EU Customs Union.

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Director General of the Spanish Customs and Excise Department

Since 2012

Deputy Director for Management and Supervision of Excise. Customs and Excise Department

From 2008 to 2012

Head of the National Office of Information and Investigation of Customs and Excise. Customs and Excise Department

From 2004 to 2008

Head of the Customs Office in Madrid

From 2002 to 2004

Head of the Risk Analysis Unit. Customs and Excise Department

From 1999 to 2002

Head of the Customs Office in Seville

From 1998 to 1999

Head of the Customs Management Service

From 1995 to 1998

Lecturer on Financial Law at Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and Cadiz Universities

From 1994 to 2000

Deputy Head of the Customs Office in Cadiz

From 1993 to 1995

Joined the Ministry of Finance, Spain

1986

Education

Driving innovation based on detailed knowledge of the customs reality and challenges

Thanks to my direct experience, I have sound knowledge of customs procedures, excise, investigation, enforcement and risk analysis at international level.

Law Degree. University of Seville, Spain

1985

Training course for National Tax and Customs Inspectors. Ministry of Finance

1992

Specialized course on international taxation. Institute of Fiscal Studies. Ministry of Finances

2002

Master of Public Management. Industrial Organization School

2006

Main responsabilities assumed

Since 2012

As Director General for Customs and Excise bears, within the Tax Agency Administration, I’m the overall responsibility for the Spanish Customs Administration, defining national policies in the area of customs and excise, managing the organization, and ensuring that it fulfils its objectives and missions. Seven Deputy Directors assist me in performing my tasks. Around 3,600 customs officers work for the Customs and Excise Administration spread in 31 Customs offices and 15 regional offices. In 2016, Spanish Customs dealt with more than 15,000,000 containers at its seaports and with around 800,000 metric tonnes at its airports.

 

Being Spain a Member State of the European Union (EU), I assure that the Spanish Customs Administration works in close cooperation with the other EU Members States Administrations and contributes to the design, development and implementation of EU strategic initiatives. I represent Spain in the EU at the highest level on customs matters.

 

The Spanish Customs and Excise Administration is primarily responsible, in the Spanish territory, for the supervision of the EU’s international trade, thereby contributing to a fair and open trade, to the implementation of the EU’s common trade policy and of the other EU’s common policies having a bearing on trade, and to overall supply chain security. Among other competences, it puts in place measures aimed at protecting the financial interests of the EU and its Member States; protecting the EU from unfair and illegal trade while supporting legitimate business activity; ensuring the security and safety of the EU and its residents, and the protection of the environment, where appropriate in close cooperation with other authorities; and maintaining a proper balance between customs controls and facilitation of legitimate trade.

 

I have developed an organization that focuses on clients, fostering a digital environment for customs operators with almost 100% of customs declarations submitted electronically, and establishing a one-stop initiative.

From 2012 to 2008

  • Direction and control of the management of Excise Duties.
  • Assistance to the Excise Duties management offices in the performance of their functions by the elaboration of instructions, criteria and procedure manuals.
  • Centralised supervision of the movement of goods subject to Excise Duties between national and other EU premises.
  • Responsible for the elaboration of the collection forecasts regarding Excise Duties, and supervision of the collection.
  • Proposal and development of the guidelines for the improvement of assistance to taxpayers concerning Excise Duties.
  • Participation in international meetings related to Excise Duties. Member of the Tax Questions Group at the EU Council.

From 2008 to 2004

  • Responsible for this National Office, where investigations affecting different regions, relevant frauds or with an international dimension were coordinated.
  • Direction of the different Units of the Office, related to Excise Fraud, Commercial Fraud, Mutual Assistance, fraud to the UE Agricultural Policy and Risk Analysis Unit.
  • Definition of the national plan on customs investigations.
  • Participation in international meetings related to investigation and information.

From 2004 to 2002

  • Responsible for the different Customs Offices in Madrid province, including road, railway and airport customs offices.
  • Management of the authorized customs premises in Madrid (Temporary Storage warehouses, in factory clearance, etc).
  • Responsible for the risk based customs controls, clearance of goods and customs procedures.
  • Management of the VAT on foreign trade and assimilated operations.
  • Management of excise duties.
  • Coordination of non-tax controls, such as CITES and IPR controls.
  • Responsible for the resolution of administrative infraction proceedings for smuggling activities.

From 2002 to 1999

  • Responsible for setting up the new Central Risk Analysis Unit, defining its structure, working procedures and resources.
  • Responsible for risk management at central level, analyzing the different threats and defining the strategy to be followed at national level. Stablishing the risk profiles and parameters to be included in the IT system developed at national level for risk analysis.
  • Participation in different meetings at EU and international level on risk management.
  • Supervision of the projects related to customs risk management at European level.

From 1999 to 1998

  • Responsible for the different Customs Offices in Seville province, including ports, road and railway customs offices.
  • Management of the authorized customs premises in Seville (Temporary Storage warehouses, in factory clearance, etc.).
  • Responsible for the risk- based customs controls, clearance of goods and customs procedures.
  • Management of the VAT on foreign trade and assimilated operations.
  • Management of excise duties.
  • Coordination of non-tax controls, such as CITES and IPR controls.
  • Responsible for the resolution of administrative infraction proceedings for smuggling activities.

From 1998 to 1995

  • Management of the simplified customs procedures.
  • Implementation of the IT functionalities required for the application of the customs legislation.

From 2000 to 1992

  • Lecturer on financial law

From 1995 to 1993

  • Responsible for the management and control of the customs procedures.
  • Responsible for the management and control of the free zone within Cadiz´s province.

A clear international vision

At the international level, I represent the Spanish Customs Administration at its highest level in International Organizations and fora, such as the World Customs Organization, COMALEP (Latin America, Spain and Portugal Customs Multilateral Convention), the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) and CCLEC (Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council) and the ASEM (Asia-Europe meeting).