History

For over 170 years already, Gaston Schul Group has been synonymous with cross-border customs expertise.

Gaston Schul - founded in 1947
In 1947, the Dutchman, Gaston Schul, began as courier on the bus - and later on the train - between Roosendaal and Antwerp. At the then largest border crossing between the Netherlands and Belgium at Wernhout to Wuustwezel the Gaston Schul border café was opened. Gaston regularly spoke with both customs and drivers. He soon understood that there was an urgent need for help in handling customs formalities. The idea for a customs brokerage office was born. The rest as they say, is history.

Jacob Meijer founded in 1845
In 1999, Gaston Schul joins forces with the Amsterdam-based company Jacob Meijer. This company offers customs logistics services. Jacob Meijer has a long, solid reputation across the Netherlands and along the German-Dutch border.

Compass Customs founded in 1993
In 2015, Compass Customs joins the Gaston Schul Group. A unique company is born with a network of offices in strategic logistic hubs in the seaports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp and across the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

The Gaston Schul ruling
In the 1980’s, a private customer asked Gaston Schul to import a leisure boat, which he had purchased in France from a private owner. As usual, the Dutch Inland Revenue raised 18% VAT on the purchasing price on this import. Mistakenly, it appeared seeing as the customer had not imported the vessel as a company. This meant that the VAT amount was not eligible for deduction or refund. As a result the tax collector went home with double the amount of VAT. Gaston Schul lodged an appeal and on 5 May 1982, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that safeguarded private individuals from making a similar purchase could no longer be charged double VAT. This case was henceforth known as the ‘Gaston Schul ruling’.