Director, Japan, PwC Asia Pacific Customs and Trade
Robert Olson leads PwC’s Worldtrade Management Services practice in Japan. He is based in Tokyo and has over 20 years experience with customs and global trade, including industry, brokerage and consulting experience.
Robert assists companies with managing their import/export compliance on a global basis through process transformation and automation . He has broad technical experience with business planning, automation and execution in the areas of customs valuation, tariff classification, origin and free trade agreements, performing compliance audits and assisting companies in structuring their global supply chains to maximize opportunities for duty savings while minimizing exposure to customs compliance risks.
Robert additionally has direct experience in the development and implementation of global business process requirements and designs for automated trade compliance systems and supply chain solutions.
He has experience supporting clients in a wide range of industries, such as: high-tech, automotive, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, manufacturing, retail, oil and gas and chemicals. In the automotive sector he has worked for and with OEM’s, Tier 1 suppliers and Tier 2 suppliers. Prior to joining PwC, Robert worked with another Big 4 accounting firm and previously for Nissan North America in Nashville, TN, where he was responsible for designing and implementing trade compliance programs for Nissan's distribution and manufacturing operations.