Customs Strategy and International Trade

In view of the current developments with regard to the coronavirus, this training will only be available online 23, 24, 26 and 27 November 2020

International trade is more volatile than ever. Brexit, trade disputes, covid-19, digitalisation… external events and trends impact traditional trade patterns. A customs strategy matters, both at the level of the authorities and at the level of the economic operator. Defining such strategy requires insight in the EU customs policy environment and stakeholders. It also requires understanding of the current regulatory framework and technology tools relevant for a specific supply chain or product, and how to monitor future change.

Target audience

This advanced module can be taken by participants who have already passed the basic programme or can prove that they have obtained an equivalent degree of experience.

Course information

This module consists of four days of classes on: 

  • 23, 24, 26 November 2020 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • 27 November 2020 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

All classes are taught in English and involve a high degree of interaction. Participants who attend at least 80% of the classes and pass the exam at the end of the advanced module receive a certificate.

All classes are offered online and are recorded as well. Participants can listen to the recordings afterwards in preparation for the exam.

Exam

The exam will take place on Friday 4 December 2020 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m at the Stadscampus (room R.231). Foreign participants are offered the opportunity to take the exam from a distance.

Competence level

This advanced module is designed to ensure participants achieve an advanced level of competence (Level 3 of the EU Customs Competency Framework).

Course materials

Digital course materials are provided (e.g. PowerPoints, court bundles (legal doctrine, case law)). These digital course materials will be made available through the university’s electronic learning environment.

Location

The classes will take place online through the university's electronic learning environment. 

Tuition fees

The fee is 750 EUR and covers registration and study materials.

Nexus is recognised as a training provider in the SME Portfolio (KMO portefeuille) system. Using this system could enable participants to save up to 30% of the registration fee. SME Portfolio applications must be submitted no later than 14 days after the course start date. The participant undertakes to respect the rules set out by the Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The accreditation number for Nexus Antwerp’s SME portfolio is DV.O100321.

Recognition

It is possible to request a proof of recognition concerning IAB, OVB and IGO. 

An application for recognition at OVB and IGO will only be submitted if also lawyers and judges register for this programme.

This training is recognized by the Flemish government concerning het 'Vlaams opleidingsverlof' for 18h and within PC 226.

Lecturers

The module is taught by a team of lecturers with relevant expertise from the academic world, the government sector, the private sector and the legal profession. This module will be supervised by Yves Melin, Partner, Reed Smith LLP and Philippe Heeren, attorney at Reed Smith LLP and lecturer on customs and international trade at Tilburg University. 

Programme 

Day 1 - Monday, 23 November 2020

Traditional aspects of customs strategy

SESSION 1: Customs strategy in a transforming customs union: 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

The customs authorities need to make sure that together with EU revenues, the security and safety, health and prosperity of EU citizens and businesses is protected. Business, from their end, need to ensure that their goods are flowing seamlessly whilst managing duties and mitigating risks of non-compliance. There are lots of interests at stake. In this session, participants will be introduced to the strategy from the side of customs, and learn how a business can plug into this strategy. The participants will learn about the EU Commission’s Customs Union Action Plan to create a future proof customs union, the strategic challenges of Belgian customs, and how a business can adjust to the new customs environment beyond the traditional tools.

Speakers:

-Kristian Vanderwaeren, head of Belgian Customs

-Yves Melin, international trade and customs lawyer at Reed Smith law firm

SESSION 2: Plugging into the customs environment: how to change the EU’s tariff? 13.30 p.m. - 16.30 p.m. 

Getting goods into and out of the customs territory of the union in a seamless way is key for today’s business. But customs management goes beyond that. In this session, the participants will be introduced to the policy environment of the customs tariff. The interaction between the WCO harmonised system and the EU combined nomenclature will be discussed, as well as the role of trade associations in shaping the customs tariff.

Speaker: 

-Michele Pastore, Senior public affairs manager at Huawei

-Diane Mievis, Senior trade manager at Samsung

Day 2 - Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Responding to disruptive trends 

SESSION 3: Managing the impact of rapid changes on your trade function: 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. 

Brexit, rebalancing duties, new free trade agreements, the covid-19 emergency … businesses have to show agility and resilience, and so does the customs and trade function. Is there a way to prepare for these kind of events? And if your business is not prepare, how to react in order to mitigate the impact on your business?

Speaker: 

Lionel Van Reet, head of the customs and international trade practice at PwC Belgium

Janne Hadrien, Baxter International 

Addressing future challenges – anticipating change (part 1)

SESSION 4: Sustainable supply chains: 13.30 p.m. - 16.30 p.m. 

The EU Commission is developing some major policy changes that will disrupt the way business currently do their business. In this session, participants will be introduced to the impact of the EU Green Deal on trade. Sustainability requirements (deforestation, human rights, conflict minerals …) and the carbon border adjustment mechanism have one thing in common: supply chain due diligence. In this session, we explore existing due diligence requirements that will serve as a blueprint for future measures.

Speakers:

-Benjamin Katz, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct

-Jan Robbroeckx, customs expert and conflict minerals manager at Umicore

-Jin Kim Woo, international trade lawyer at Reed Smith law firm

-Kate Ballantyne, Chevron

Day 3 - Thursday, 26 November 2020

Addressing future challenges – anticipating change (part 2)

SESSION 5: Product compliance and its enforcement: 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. 

The safety and security of our citizens, but also the protection of legitimate trade, require compliance with product regulations. Non-compliant products should not enter the EU market. But what does that mean in practice? Who should make sure that imported goods are compliant? In this session, product compliance and the impact of the new EU surveillance and enforcement regulation will be discussed.

Speaker: Wim Vandenberghe, EU regulatory lawyer at Reed Smith law firm

SESSION 6: Managing trade through technology: 13.30 p.m. - 16.30 p.m. 

Managing customs data is less and less a manual process. In order to be in control of your customs function, one cannot operate without technology tools. Which tools can help a business in managing that responsibility? And which future technologies will become relevant for managing that customs-relevant data?

Speakers:

-Daan De Vlieger, head of the Global Trade Advisory practice at Deloitte

-Emmanuelle Ganne, Senior Analyst at the World Trade Organisation

-Frederik Van Outryve, T-Mining

Day 4 - Friday, 27 November 2020

Responding to border enforcement trends.

SESSION 7: Enforcement trends and how to deal with these: 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. 

Customs enforcement may disrupt a company’s supply chain. What causes goods to be stopped? In this session, participants get familiar with the EU stakeholders (EPPO, OLAF) and gain an understanding of recent enforcements such as undervaluation upon import, antidumping claims and the entry of non-compliant products. The speakers will highlight regulatory (such as AML and know-your-customer) and contractual points of attention for a well-organised customs function.

Speaker: Irene Guardiola, international trade and customs lawyer at Guardiola Lawyers

Day 4 - Exam 4 December 2020

To be determinated.