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 four and a half days of classes on:

  • May 16, 17, 18 and 19 May 2022: 9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. and 1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m.
  • May 20 May 2022: 9.15 a.m. - 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 25 May 2022, 9.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

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.


Depending on the COVID-19 regulations we'll organize the course online or physically on the Stadscampus. If the situation allows it, we will resolutely choose to organize the course on campus. We'll inform you beforehand. If the classes continue online, they will be taught via the digital learning platform BlackBoard/Vice. If the classes continue physically, they will take place at the Stadscampus, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp.  The exam will take place on the Stadscampus, University of Antwerp. 

Tuition fees

  • online: EUR 1 250 and covers registration and study material
  • physically: EUR 1 500 and covers registration, study material, lunch and catering.

For as long as we don't know if the course will be organized online or on campus, we'll invoice you the fee of an online course. When we decide, after assessing the COVID-19 situation, to organize the course on the Stadscampus, we'll invoice you the outstanding cost of 250 euros later on. 

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 required approvals are requested from the competent authorities (OVB, ITAA, IBJ and IGO). 
  • The training is eligible for the Flemish training leave and training cheques. 
  • Recognition paid educational leave under the PC226 is applicable. 
  • 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.
  • It is required that participants are effectively present. Replacement by a colleague is possible; the organization will be informed in writing in advance. 


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.


16 May 2022

DAY 1 - 16 May 2022

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. 

Session 2, Export and exit out of the customs territory of the Union: general principles and formalities

Daan De Vlieger, Director Global Trade Advisory at Deloitte

1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. 

17 May 2022

DAY 2 - 17 May 2022

Session 3, An introduction to export controls and sanctions

Bert Gevers, Partner at Loyens & Loeff 

Yves Melin, Partner International Trade and Customs at Reed Smith LLP

9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. 

Session 4, Export controls and sanctions: the US perspective

Karen Nies-Vogel, Director of Exporter Services at United States Bureau of Industry and Security

1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. 

18 May 2022

DAY 3 - 18 May 2022

Session 5, Export controls and sanctions: an European comparison

9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. 

Session 6,  Export controls and sanctions: a Belgian comparison

Frieda Coosemans, General Counseler International Economy at FOD Economie

Giani Pandey, Legal Counsel at Strategic Goods Control Unit Flanders

Lia Caponetti, Policy Advisor Dual-Use Items at Walloon Region

1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. 

19 May 2022

Day 4 - 19 May 2022

Session 7, Internal compliance programmes and investigations: do’s and don’ts.

Leigh Hansson, Partner International Sanctions / Export Compliance at Reed Smith LLP

Yves Melin, Partner International Trade and Customs at Reed Smith LLP

9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. 

Session 8, Regulatory controls on export: the shipment of waste

1.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. 

20 May 2022

Day 5 - 20 May 2022

Session 9, Export credits. Towards an EU belt and road? An opportunity for European exporting companies

9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.

25 May 2022 - Exam

The exam will take place on 25 May 2022, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m  

Location: Stadscampus, University of Antwerp.