Customs and international trade is constantly evolving towards a digital, risk-based and system-based approach.  Economic operators are not only expected to stay informed of legislative and regulatory changes in a dynamic customs and trade environment but they also need to ensure that their internal operations incorporate the necessary internal controls, based on an assessment of their risk profile. 

A profound knowledge of Risk & Compliance is, in this respect, a key requirement of any future Customs & Trade professional. The Risk & Compliance module appears to be the ideal opportunity to gather the necessary regulatory, legal, operational knowledge as this Special Module will be multi-disciplinary, interactive and will cover the following key aspects & topics.

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 25, 26 and 28 April 2022:
9.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. and 1.45 p.m. - 4.45p.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.


The exam will take place on 6 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 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.


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 875 and covers registration and study material
  • physically: EUR 1 050 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 175 euros later on.  


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 registration is binding and cannot be cancelled. Replacement by a colleague is possible with simple written notification to the organizers.

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 Lionel Van Reet, Lead Partner at PwC, EMEA Customs & International Trade Compliance.


25 April 2022

SESSION 1: Introduction to the General Principles of Risk & Compliance Strategy - 9.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.


  • Lionel Van Reet – EMEA PwC Customs & International TradeLead
  • Sylvain Guelton – Senior Manager Customs & InternationalTrade
  • Jean-Guillaume Benoît – Associate Customs & International Trade

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. A comparison with the systematics of export control regimes in other jurisdictions, most notably in the U.S., will be provided.

SESSION 2: AEO & SBA - Addressing the risks & compliance framework through the AEO (& SBA) Certifications - 13.45 p.m. to 16.45 p.m.


  • Stef Debeut – Attaché and Head of Marketing region Antwerp | FOD Finance
  • Lionel Van Reet – EMEA PwC Customs & International TradeLead
  • Wim Pollet – Senior manager PwC

In this session, the developments of the AEO programme, its challenges, its concrete benefits will be brought forward by the various speakers. AEO is not a single act or moment, it is an ongoing process of mutual trust with the focus on helping each other to face a continuously changing and challenging environment.

The key attention points, the necessary steps and actions will be outlined by the speakers both from the Belgian Customs & Excises Authorities viewpoint as from the side of operators.

This session will also outline and provide experienced based keys to successful AEO implementations.

26 April 2022

SESSION 1: Risk Assessment Procedures & Audit Trade & Risk - 9.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.


  • Yves Melin, international trade and customs lawyer at Reed Smithlaw firm
  • Philippe Heeren, international trade and customs lawyer at ReedSmith law firm
  • Leigh Hansson - U.S. sanctions and export controls lawyers located in London at Reed Smith law firm
  • Tan Albayrak - U.S. sanctions and export controls lawyers located in London at Albayrak Law

This session will aim at outlining the broad range of risks & issues that derive from non-compliant operations & structures.

The speakers will also aim at providing their insights with regards to sanctions and violations (transactions and settlements)

SESSION 2: Risks incurred in the course of the daily operations based on the practical cases and examples - 13.45 p.m. to 16.45 p.m.


·      Rudi Du Bois – Director Customs and Trade Compliance at Customs4trade

·      Roberto Soprano – Global Director Legal & Compliance – TradeCompliance & Dangerous Goods @ Firmenich Food & Chemicals

This session will aim at outlining the practical and operational risks associated with the daily Trade operations. How to frame the incurred practical risks,What are the possible mitigation strategies & attention points?

This session will also touch upon the set-up a Trade & Risk mitigation Strategy within an International Group.

28 April 2022

SESSION 1: EU’sTrade Remedies – EU Trade defense measures (anti-dumping & countervailingduties, anti-subsidy, safeguards) and its Customs implications – 9.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.


  • Philippe De Baere, Partner Van Bael & Bellis
  • Pablo Muniz, Partner Van Bael & Bellis

The EU’s trade remedies: Review of the EU’s trade defense measures (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguards). 

Presentation of the various concepts (dumping, injury, specific subsidies, etc.), the investigative process, the legal recourses available, and enforcement trends.  Review of the more recent rebalancing duties (retaliation duties imposed for the first time against the U.S. in 2018).

Review of enforcement trends (role of OLAF, the Commission’s DG Taxud, and customs authorities); risks for operators and how to mitigate those risks. 

SESSION 2: Best Practices in Risk Management & Mitigation – 13.45 p.m. to 16.45 p.m.


  • Lionel Van Reet – EMEA PwC Customs & International TradeLead
  • Rudy Hoskens – Partner Risk & Forensics Advisory
  • Bruno Deraedt – Director PwC

Based on their large experience with respect to Risk Management & Mitigation Strategies, the speakers will aim at providing the audience with concrete and operational best practices. This session will aim at Highlighting the importance of forensics capabilities within companies in order to assess the efficiency of the implemented risk framework.

6 May 2022 - Exam

The exam will take place on 6 May 2022, from 9.30 a.m. tot 12.30 p.m. 

Location: Stadscampus, University of Antwerp.