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International Trade & Facilitation

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Managing Partner

Preston J. Llewellyn

Preston is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Independent Economics. He leads the organisation on all aspects of strategy, team leadership and operations, and key client and assignment management across its global network.

An experienced business leader, Preston also works substantively on all projects, and has written on and led projects on subjects ranging from the decarbonisation of industry to ESG, digitalisation, and technology, including importantly a specialist series on new technologies that stand to have practical application in industries over the coming ten years. 

Before co-founding the organisation in 2009 he spent ten years at the industrial coalface serving in various senior roles on corporate strategy, business development, communications, and marketing.

Preston holds a BA and an MSc (Maitrise Sc. Ec.) in Economics with French from the University of Sussex and the University of Grenoble, and an MBA from Imperial College, London.

Preston J. Llewellyn

Managing Partner

Preston J. Llewellyn

Managing Partner

The global value of the exchange of capital, goods and services – ‘international trade’ – amounts to $28 trillion annually.

Successful, compliant, and mutually beneficial exchange creates wealth, brings communities and nations closer together and, notwithstanding increasing geopolitical tensions, remains a powerful force for good.

Our Independent Economics team of experts offers clients a wealth of experience.

We work with government, businesses, and key international organisations, including the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and World Customs Organisation (WCO).

We advise governments and companies of all sizes and in many sectors.

On a wide range of issues: from customs and immigration regulation, transportation and warehousing, the provision of cross-border services and movement of people, to the impacts of changes to supply chains, specific risks to trade in goods and services from political upheaval and natural disasters, and national and global policy – including global trade agreements, free ports, WTO trade policy, and resultant issues of regulation, breaches, sanctions, and remedies.


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