Diploma Programme in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance

Rotterdam School of Management

Rotterdam School of Management


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Who should attend

You will benefit from this programme if you are a:

  • customs professionals from any EU member state or beyond
  • a professional working at a government agency
  • professional or consultant in international trade and compliance
  • specialist such as an IT auditor, trade lawyer, logistics expert
  • compliance officer or tax specialist
  • AEO advisor.

About the course

The customs profession is changing and facing new challenges. Networks for international trade have grown in complexity. But, transparency and security of the flow of goods in the supply chain have not kept pace with this change. This leads to risks which in turn would demand stricter regulation and tighter controls. However, that increases the administrative burden for businesses and the regulatory costs for the government, which is already under pressure of budget cuts. So, you need innovative solutions to increase compliance and reduce the costs at the same time.

The nine-day Diploma Programme in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance, offered by RSM Executive Education, enables you to better understand the broad world of trade compliance. During the four two-day workshops and a one-day project kick-off, you will gain knowledge and skills about EU customs law, auditing, information technology, logistics and supply chain to improve co-operation in international trade.

During the diploma programme’s workshops, you will also have the opportunity to network with fellow professionals in customs and international trade to share perspectives, and receive expert-coaching from RSM faculty for the implementation of your project. This enables you to help implement innovative solutions in your organisation.

Learning objectives

By participating in this programme, you will:

  • deepen your understanding of core areas within customs and international trade
  • develop a multi-disciplinary view on issues in global supply chains
  • work on one of your organisation’s improvement projects
  • receive coaching by a faculty member.


Elements of the nine-day Diploma Programme in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance are spread over nine months. The programme is designed to provide you with a comprehensive platform from which to build an outstanding career. It covers four fundamental disciplines: customs, auditing, logistics and information technology. Each topic is taught by an expert in the field. You will conclude the programme by writing your own business improvement plan.

Essentials of Customs

Learn the principles of EU customs law, the build-up of current customs legislation Community Customs Code (CCC), and upcoming legislation Union Customs Code (UCC) and its international background (WTO/WCO). You will also explore the basic principles of EU law and how this relates to national law systems.


  • Principles and structure of EU customs system
  • Customs and trade – legislative framework, CCC and UCC
  • EU law and its relation to national law
  • International Customs Law (WTO/WCO) and European law
  • Legislation of the EU and case law of the CJEU, reading, understanding and applying it

Essentials of Auditing

Auditing is the process of systematically comparing evidence of behaviour with a set of generally accepted criteria. In other words: auditing is testing to a norm. You will discuss various types of audit engagements, and understand different types of audit objects, the corresponding criteria and quality aspects, and how they can be tested.


  • Audit engagements
  • Value cycle analysis to determine the expected internal controls
  • Risk assessment
  • New forms of regulatory
  • Evidence of compliance

Essentials of Logistics

Explore the basics of logistics and supply chain management. You will understand chains and networks in transport and logistics, global transportation and international business. You will also gain insight in global container transport and the various parties that play a role in the international movement of goods.


  • Introduction to global logistics
  • Inventory management
  • Transportation networks
  • Container terminal operations

Essentials of Information Technology

Information technology is essential for companies and customs to make sure that customs regulations are followed. You will address the basic IT technologies, how useful information can be stored in and retrieved from databases, how it is used in the various types of information systems, and how IT can be audited to be compliant with regulations and secured from hacking.


  • Management information systems, web services and service-oriented architectures
  • IT infrastructure, networks and databases
  • Audit principles, process and IT audit
  • Information security.


Rob Zuidwijk

Rob Zuidwijk is a professor of ports in global networks at RSM. He teaches about freight transport systems, intermodal transportation, international logistics and supply chain management, and interorganisational systems in logistics. His work has been published in journals such as California Mana...

Yao Hua Tan

Yao-Hua Tan is a professor of information and communication technology at the ICT group of the department of technology, policy and management of Delft University of Technology. He is co-ordinator of the EU-funded integrated research project ITAIDE on IT innovation to facilitate international tra...

Walter De Wit

Walter de Wit is professor of international and European customs law at Erasmus School of Law, and partner at Ernst & Young, where he advises clients on indirect taxed and international trade. He is programme director and tutor on the Post-master in EU Customs Law and is a core faculty member...

Albert Veenstra

Albert Veenstra is the director of the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics, Dinalog, and professor in international trade facilitation and logistics at Eindhoven University of Technology. He was senior business consultant at TNO from 2011 to 2014. Before joining TNO he was an assistant profess...

Joris Hulstijn

Joris Hulstijn is an assistant professor of compliance management at Delft University of Technology. He has a background in information systems and IT auditing. Joris’ research relates to model-based auditing, continuous control monitoring and their applications, for instance in regulatory compli...

Ferdinand Jaspers

Dr Ferdinand Jaspers is the Programme Director at Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) where he is responsible for the expertise centre’s ‘Get Started’ programme, a pre-incubation programme for 100+ start-ups each year. Ferdinand holds a PhD in Technology and Innovation Management from Rotte...

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