General information

The Continuing Education Customs and Excise is a modular and academic advanced course jointly organised by the University of Antwerp and ULiège and in cooperation with the Belgian Federal Public Service Finance and the private sector. The lecturers in this course have a background in academia, the customs administration or the private sector, including tax lawyers.  

As the equivalent of the Dutch basic module (72 hours), Antwerp Tax Academy also offers an shortened English basic module consisting of 20 hours (excl. exam).

Course information

In the English basic module, the basic concepts and elementary doctrines within the broad field of customs and excise are highlighted by lecturers from practice and academia. Participants in this programme will acquire a general and up-to-date overview of the various legal, economic and tax aspects of customs and excise in the European Union and in Belgium. 


A participant who passes the exam, receives a certificate that grants access to participate in one or more advanced modules. This certificate does not entitle the holder to Belgian accreditation of customs representation. Certificates will be issued 3 times a year (December, March and June).


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Duration and form of the training course

This English course, consisting of 16 recordings of 75 to 90 minutes, can be followed 'on demand' at any time. 


The course will be completed with a remote digital exam.

The exam consists of 16 multiple choice questions. It is an open-book exam.

The exam is taken entirely in English.

The exam (first and second session) can be taken at any time during  the period between 1 October and 31 May of the current academic year, because the exam questions relate exclusively to the subject matter of the current year in which the recordings were purchased.

No examinations can be taken as from 1 June until 30 September; however, it is possible to register for a new course for the following year.

A participant has passed the exam if he has obtained at least 10/16.

Before starting the exam, the participant will need to declare to be  the one who registered for the course and to  take the exam in person. Tests confirming the validity of this declaration can be carried out at the discretion of the University of Antwerp. These tests include the possibility of the University of Antwerp to contact the participants  at any time after taking the examen to give more clarifications on the answers that have been provided during the exam. In case the participant cannot provide sufficient clarifications to the answers or in case of any other irregularities that could influence the results of the exams,  the certificate will not be awarded.

Language of training

The recordings and teaching materials, including the exam are available in English only.

Participation requirements

Minimum requirement for participation in this programme:

  • having already obtained a Bachelor's degree or,
  • subject to prior admission, an equivalent level of competence as a result of sufficient relevant experience and/or additional training.

All relevant documents should be uploaded when applying for the course.

If you are not sure whether you meet the participation requirements, please contact us:


The participation fee is EUR 1500 (all-in)*.

Payments are made exclusively online and in euro.

This price includes: recordings, teaching materials and the first exam. Participants who wish to take a resit (second session) must register again and pay an additional fee (online) of EUR 300*.

*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.


  1. General Introdution
    Eric Van Dooren - Belgian Supreme Courtjudge - associate professor University of Antwerp
  2. Reflections and perspectives on EU customs policy
    Timothy Lyons – lawyer 39 Essex Chambers
  3. Elements of International Trade 
    Wouter Dewulf - professor University of Antwerp
  4. Customs and Excise as a policy domain
    Kristian Vanderwaeren - general administrator FOD Finance - AAD&A
  5. Customs and Trade Policy Measures
    Philippe Heeren - lawyer at Amazon, lecturer Customs and International trade at University of Tilburg
  6. Customs tariff
    Kristof Verbist and Lotte Janssen – managers EY Global Trade
  7. Origin
    Kerstien Celis - lecturer International trade
  8. Customs valuation
    Diederik Bogaerts - director KPMG Tax Advisors - Global Trade & Customs Practice
  9. Entry of goods into the Customs Territory of the EU 
    Jan Van Wesemael - senior advisor Alfaport-Voka - Customs & Compliance
  10. Customs procedures
    Ward Lietaert – lawyer Customs Legal, staff member University of Antwerp
  11. Customs declaration
    Linda Fierens – customs expert Customs Legal Solutions bv
  12. Customs debt
    Alexander Baert - lawyer Deloitte Legal
  13. Introduction to excises
    Daan De Vlieger - partner Global Trade Advisory Deloitte Conseils Fiscaux
  14. VAT Import and Export 
    Claire De Lepeleire - director PWC, ITX
  15. Verification and investigation powers concering C&E
    Erhard Vermeulen – lawyer Antaxius Lawyers cvba
  16. Litigation
    Luc Vandevelde-Poelman - general advisor FOD Financiën – AAD&A


  • The training is eligible for the Flemish training leave and training cheques.
  • The training is recognised by IBJ for 20 points (continuing education). 
  • The training is recognised by ITAA for 20 hours. 
  • Training premium (PC336): after you or your employee(s) take a training course, you can apply to Liberform for a training premium. The premium is a financial intervention to employers or companies paying for the training. More info and apply for premium:
  • 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).

Target audience

The English basic module is open to a mixed audience of participants: civil servants, magistrates, service providers (lawyers, consultants,...) and private sector employees including management particular, the module aims to reach an international audience wishing to further deepen their understanding of the functioning of customs and excise in the EU and in Belgium.

Teaching material

The programme makes the following teaching materials available on Blackboard:

  • 16 recordings;
  • a link to the digital law book (digital legislative bundle);
  • a link to additional English source material;
  • presentations of the guest lecturers.

The teaching materials and recordings will be made available on Blackboard for a period of 3 months, starting from the moment the participant has received the login details.

The login details - allowing access to the recordings and teaching materials on Blackboard - will only be provided to the participant after the full payment of the participation fee has been received by UAntwerpen.