About Us

Trade Facilitation Consulting Ltd’s two Directors are Dr Andrew Grainger and his wife Ms Melissa Siew. In addition to our in-house expertise, we can also draw on a long list of associates.

Dr Andrew Grainger has more than 20 years of experience in the subject of trade facilitation. He started his career as a freight forwarder in Germany and Southeast Asia. This was followed by a stint at PricewaterhouseCoopers within their Worldtrade Team in London before joining SITPRO (which was the UK's trade facilitation agency) as the Deputy Director Trade Procedures. For many years he also held tenure at Nottingham University Business School – where he still serves as an Honorary Associate Professor– and has managed several large grants with focus on trade facilitation and ports. His list of publications includes work for the World Bank and other international organisations, government reports, peer reviewed academic papers, and published book chapters. His PhD thesis was awarded the prestigious Palgrave Macmillan Prize for best PhD in Maritime Economics and Logistics 2005-2008.

Ms Melissa Siew is a qualified pharmacist with a master’s degree in Classical Studies. She is also a gifted writer and proof reader. In previous roles, she worked as a Staff Editor for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annually updated “Martindale: the complete drug reference” publication.

Our Clients

Recent contracts by Dr Andrew Grainger have been with international organisations based in Brussels, Washington, and Geneva as well as government agencies in the UK, and around the world. They also include bespoke assignments for large and small consultancies, Universities, and for private sector companies.

Recent Contracts


  • Detailed analysis of friction in trade and customs procedures within the Balkans, in Brazil, and in the UK  
  • Brexit related research for various UK government agencies
  • Senior level Brexit workshops and training activities with focus on business planning and policy making
  • Bespoke research with workshops for Members of the European Parliament
  • Online training content for a Geneva based international organisation
  • Advice relating to the WTO trade facilitation agreement for various developing countries
  • Practical assistance in the implementation of electronic trade information portals
  • Business case development for electronic trade and customs systems
  • Academic research with TU Delft and at the University of Nottingham
  • Detailed research of UK port resilience and risks to UK food supply chains
  • Teaching and research workshops at leading universities in the UK, China and across Europe.