3, 4, 6 and 7 May 2021(online)

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 and a half days of classes on 3, 4, 6 and 7 May 2021 from 9.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and from 1.45 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. The class on 7 May 2021 will take place from 9.15 a.m. to 12.15 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 Monday 17 May 2021 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. 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.


Classes: online via the digital learning platform BlackBoard/Vice.

Exam: Stadscampus, University of Antwerp.

Tuition fees

The prices stated are prices exclusive of VAT (Exemption VAT due to article 44 §2 4°), because Nexus/ATA is a non-taxable legal person in the current state of the legislation. The legislator can change this and Nexus/ATA therefore reserves the right to charge this VAT in case the legislator decides to do so.

The fee is EUR 1.000 EUR and covers registration and study material.

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.


  • ITAA recognized this lecture for 24 hours.
  • 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' 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 Steve Mees – Attaché, FOD Financiën, Algemene Administratie Douane en Accijnzen.


3 May 2021 - Legal aspect and goods flow

1. Entry procedures and arrival notification in EU perspective  (9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.) - Steve Mees, attaché, FOD Financiën - AAD&A

Advance cargo information about consignments entering the EU determine anticipate on risk analysis priorities. Lodging this information at the first customs office of entry into the EU demand formalities and compliancy procedures by the carrier of the goods, by the importer-consignee or a representative. This module will look into detail on the step by step procedure, the responsibilities and the evolutions related to the entry into the customs territory.

2. Free circulation and exemption of import duties (1.45 p.m. 4.45 p.m.) - Philippe Heeren, advocaat, Reed Smith

Collection of import duties and other charges where goods are liable, belong to the fiscal obligations of customs authorities. A common customs tariff duty is applicable to goods imported into the European Union. If applicable, duty relief can be applied. Depending on the commercial policy measures, the application of relief and any other formalities are laid down in respect of the legal procedures that are linked with the importation of such goods (such as pre-authorization, certificates, etc.).

4 May 2021 - Entry of goods and access to the internal market

1. Trade defence rules and instruments (9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.) - Alexander Baert, advocaat, Deloitte

Trade defence instruments – applied in compliance with European Union law and the rules of the World Trade Organization – play an important role in achieving open and fair international trade and in defending European production against trade distortions such as subsidization or dumping by trade partners.

2. Customs requirements and the rules on food and hygiene standards (1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m.) - Steve Mees, attaché, FOD Financiën - AAD&A

Competent authorities and food businesses in the Member States and in third countries aim to give guidance on certain key questions with regard to the implementation of the food hygiene import requirements and on related subjects. The topic will be enriched with the procedures and formalities upon import, from customs and food standards perspective. 

6 May 2021 - Customs declarations and import-related customs procedures

1. Customs declarations and control (9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.) - Steve Mees, attaché, FOD Financiën - AAD&A 

A customs declaration is an official document that lists and gives details of goods that are being imported or exported. In legal terms, a customs declaration is the act whereby a person indicates the wish to place goods under a given customs procedure. Types of declarations are related to trade flow. Elements as presentation of goods and responsibility, control, rectification and annulation of the import declaration are essential elements for this module.

2. Authorization-related clearance and simplifications (1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m.) - Nick Vandenabeele, Manager - Global Trade Advisory, Deloitte

The placement of goods under a customs procedure is linked with a customs declaration. Apart from the classic declaration process, this module wants to focus on simplifications that will have a positive impact on the day-to-day operational flow in relation with trade volume. These simplifications are depending on authorizations and additional compliance measures. In particular, we will discuss the Entry into the records, centralized clearance, as well as specific storage procedures. Finally, we will discuss the policies on repayment and remission of an amount of import duty.

7 May 2021 - Financing import-related customs activities

Financingimport-related customs activities (9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.) - Steve Mees, attaché, FOD Financiën - AAD&A

The financing of import-related customs activities deserves the necessary attention. In an international trade context it is crucial to hegde against financial risks. This module takes a closer look at the financing mechanisms of transactional consignments, on the one hand, as well as the guarantee-systems associated with structural trade activities.

17 May 2021- Exam

The exam will take place on Monday 17 May 2021 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Room (to be defined), Stadscampus University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp.