In view of the current developments with regard to the coronavirus, this training will only be available online on 25, 26 and 28 May 2020.

Every import is preceded by an export from another territory. In this advanced module, participants will gain insights in the barriers upon export and will learn to understand the importance of compliance with all formalities and controls – which have grown in importance in recent years. The sessions relate to the formalities upon export (and the tax implications linked thereto), sanctions, and export controls. Both theory and practice are covered in this interactive module, allowing participants to implement their learnings after successful completion of the programme.

The module will be supervised by Philippe Heeren - Attorney for Reed Smith and Lecturer on Customs and International Trade at Tilburg University.

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 three days of classes on:

- May 25 and 26, 2020 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

- May 28, 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.


The exam will take place on Thursday 18 June 2020 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., location: Stadscampus, room C101. 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 2 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.


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

Tuition fees

The fee is EUR 750 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.


  • A request for recognition concerning OVB and IGO has been submitted.
  • The Institute of Accountants and Tax Consultants has accredited the full programme as a continuing education programme 
  • This training is recognized by the Flemish government concerning het 'Vlaams opleidingsverlof' and within PC 226.


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. The module will be supervised by Philippe Heeren - Attorney for Reed Smith and Lecturer on Customs and International Trade at Tilburg University.


Day 1 - May 25, 2020

DAY 1, session 1 – Export and exit out of the customs territory of the Union: general principles and formalities

Hosts: Daan De Vlieger (Director, Deloitte) and Nick Vandenabeele (Manager, Deloitte)

This session will focus on the formalities at export and exit. After looking into the customs declaration process on export and exit, the treatment of export in the case of special procedures (such as outward processing, transit, end use, storage), simplifications (EiDR, simplified declaration procedure), and re-export will be discussed. Specifics like the importance of the definition of ‘exporter’, the export of waste, and the special treatment of ship supplies will be highlighted. Also, VAT and excise in relation to export will be discussed in detail.

10 a.m.– 10.50 a.m.: introduction to export, export procedure and the export declaration

10.50 a.m. – 11 a.m.: break

11 a.m. – 11.50 a.m.: export data elements and export value

11.50 a.m. – 12 p.m.: break

12.p.m. – 12.50 p.m.: export and vat, the export invoice and origin and classification for export

12.50 p.m. – 13 p.m.: Q&A

DAY 1, session 2 – Enforcement of export compliance: 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. 

Host: Alexander Baert (Lawyer, Deloitte Legal)

Non-compliance with rules and regulations governing export out of the customs territory of the Union gives rise to disputes. In this session, all the knowledge gathered in the previous sessions will be employed to understand the true impact of compliance upon export. With real-life examples, the participants will gain an understanding of the importance of evidence gathering (e.g. proof of origin, alternative proof for transit clearance, proof for VAT purposes).

Day 2 - May 26, 2020

DAY 2 – General principles of export controls and sanctions

Host: Bert Gevers, Lawyer, Loyens & Loeff

Susan Kovarovics, lawyer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Megan Barnhill, lawyer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Gerard Kreijen, lawyer at Loyens & Loeff

In this session, the general principles of export controls and sanctions will be set out. After being introduced in the regulatory framework at an international level, the participants will learn more about the EU regulatory framework governing dual-use trade controls, other trade controls upon export, and sanctions. Next to the traditional regulations governing export controls and sanctions, also new regulations such the restrictive measures against cyber-attacks will be touched upon. A comparison with the systematics of export control regimes in other jurisdictions, most notably in the U.S., will be provided.

10 a.m. - 10.50 a.m.: Introduction to EU Export Controls and Trade Sanctions

10.50 a.m. - 11.15 a.m.: Q&A + Break

11.15 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Introduction to EU Export Controls and Trade Sanctions: Benelux focus  

12 p.m. - 12.30 p.m.: Q&A + Break  

12.30 p.m. - 13 p.m.: Enforcement – Best practices

13 p.m.-14.30 p.m. Break

14.30 p.m. - 15.30 p.m.: Overview of US Export Controls and Trade Sanctions

15.30 p.m. - 15.45 p.m.: Q&A + Break

15.45 p.m. - 16.15 p.m.: Key US Enforcement Cases

16.15 p.m. - 16.30 p.m.: Why US Export Controls and Trade Sanctions Matter for Compliance in Europe

16.30 p.m. - 16.45 p.m.:  Q&A + Break

16.45 p.m. - 17.00 p.m.: Joint Case Studies US & EU

Day 3 - May 28, 2020

DAY 3, session – Enforcement of export controls and sanctions

Host: Michaël Peeters (Flemish Government, Head of the Strategic Goods Control Unit) and Eva Lakova (Manager, Deloitte)

The enforcement of export controls is largely a regional competence in Belgium. The participants will get to know the legal framework surrounding this enforcement and the application process for authorizations to export. This session will also provide insights from a corporate compliance perspective, through an analysis of best practices of internal compliance programmes.

9.30 a.m - 10 a.m. : Introduction and Quiz: what do we know about export controls? 

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Export controls foundations (+ break)

11 a.m. - 11.20 a.m.: Regulations in practice and the roles on the authorities (+ break)

11.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Practical cases: what can go wrong?

12 p.m. - 12.30 p.m.: Internal Compliance Program: the rol of the industry


Exam 18 June 2020

The exam will take place on 18 June 2020, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m on Stadscampus, room C101. 

Social distancing will be ensured during the exam and the room will be disinfected.