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 Yves Melin (Partner at Reed Smith law firm) and Isabel Fressynet (Associate at Reed Smith law firm).

Target audience

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

Course information

This module consists of four and a half days of classes on:

All classes are taught in English and involve a high degree of interaction. 
Participation in the exam is only possible after meeting the minimum attendance requirement.

  • In a physical setting: a minimum individual attendance rate of at least 75% was achieved (force majeure situations included).
  • In an online setting: a minimum individual attendance rate of at least 75% was achieved (digital in real time) and a maximum of 25% participation in delayed relays (force majeure situations included).


  • The exam will take place on the Stadscampus, University of Antwerp.
  • Foreign participants are offered the opportunity to take the exam online.

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 material

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.


Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerp

Tuition fees

The price depends on the format (physical or digital) in which the lessons will be given.

  • Physically: EUR 2180 (covers registration, study material, exam, catering and lunch). 
  • Online: EUR 1900 (covers registration, study material and exam).

Please note no lunch will be provided the last day, as is only a half-day lesson.


Electronically only through this webpage.​

The registration fee is paid within 30 days of receipt of the debit note to KBC account number BE91 7360 6389 5176 of Nexus, CST-UAntwerp, Venusstraat 23, 2000 Antwerp. Each application/registration is binding and cannot be cancelled. 

It is required that participants are effectively present. Replacement by a colleague is possible; the organization will be informed in writing in advance. 

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.

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.


  • The training is eligible for the Flemish training leave and training cheques.
  • The training is recognised by IBJ for 27 points (continuing education).
  •  The training is recognised by ITAA. 
  • Training premium (PC336): after you or your employee(s) have followed a training course, you can apply to Liberform for a training premium. The premium is a financial intervention to employers or companies that pay for the training: more info and application.
  • OVB recognition is not applied automatically, but if you followed a course that is not mentioned in the list of recognised courses, or if you met one of the other requirements mentioned in article 54 of the Code of Ethics for Lawyers, you can submit an individual application for recognition as a participant, teacher, speaker or author. If that application is recognised, those points will also be added to the points card.
  • Recognition paid educational leave Brussels (in application).
  • Recognition paid educational leave under PC226 (in application).


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 Yves Melin (Partner at Reed Smith law firm) and Isabel Fressynet (Associate at Reed Smith law firm)

Programme (tentative)

13 May 2024

DAY 1 - 13 May 2024

Session 1, Cross-border trade in goods: the relevance of export from a customs, excise and VAT perspective: 9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. 


  • Kristian Vanderwaeren, Head of Belgian Customs

14 May 2024

DAY 2 - 14 May 2024

Session 3, An introduction to export controls and sanctions: 9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. 


  • Bert Gevers, Partner at Loyens & Loeff 
  • Isabel Fressynet, Associate International Trade and Customs at Reed Smith LLP

Session 4, Export controls and sanctions: the US perspective: 1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m.


  • Brent Webster, Outreach and Educational Services Division, United States Bureau of Industry and Security
  • Tan Albayrak, Associate International Trade and National Security at Reed Smith LLP

15 May 2024

DAY 3 - 15 May 2024

Session 5, Export controls and sanctions: an European comparison: 9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. 


  • Tim Hesselink, Partner at Kneppelhout Advocaten
  • Isabel Fressynet, Associate, Reed Smith

Session 6,  UCC Reform: 1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. 


  • Jesse De Bryun, Associate International Trade and Customs at Reed Smith LLP 
  • Michael Lux – Customs Lawyer

16 May 2024

Day 4 - 16 May 2024

Session 7, Internal compliance programmes and investigations: do’s and don’ts: 9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. 


  • Isabel Fressynet, Associate International Trade and Customs at Reed Smith LLP
  • Tan Albayrak, Partner International Trade and National Security at Reed Smith LLP

Session 8, The European Economic Security Package: 1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. 


  • Max Seuster, Counsel Competition at Reed Smith

17 May 2024

Day 5 - 17 May 2024

Session 9, Export credits. Towards an EU belt and road? An opportunity for European exporting companies: 9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.


  • Julian PAISEY, Senior Policy Analyst, Export Credits and Competition Division at the OECD
  • Adam Jirousek, Policy Officer at the European Commission (DG TRADE)

22 May 2024

Session 2, Export and exit out of the customs territory of the Union: general principles and formalities: 1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. 


  • Nick Vandenabeele, Customs Specialist at Sioen Textile
  • Gislene Alves, Head of Customs Continent at DFDS

14 June 2024 - Exam

The exam will take place on Friday 14 June 2024, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m..

Location: Stadscampus, University of Antwerp.