Customs conference to explore challenges in VAT at EU import

Customs professionals and EU policy makers can learn about the new EU customs legislation at an afternoon conference at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) on Tuesday 23 May. They will explore the consequences for business at the free conference, organised by RSM in co-operation with the National Trade Facilitation Committee of The Netherlands (ODB).

The seminar eCommerce – Challenges in VAT at EU Import, can benefit professionals working in EU-external cross-border trade in customs, VAT, global logistics and international trade. EU policy makers and students from RSM and Erasmus University Rotterdam are also encouraged to join to explore and discuss the challenges of VAT for import in the European Union.

‘A smooth transition needs co-operation’

“We need to carefully assess the anticipated changes of EU policies regarding VAT and eCommerce as they impact international trade and customs supervision as well,” says Han Bosch, IT auditor and policy advisor e-commerce Dutch customs. He adds: “Implementing these changes requires all of us to co-operate to allow a smooth transition.”

Conference speakers include:

  • Prof. Rob Zuidwijk; endowed professor of ports in global networks, and academic director of RSM’s Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance
  • Philip Kermode; director customs policy, legislation, tariff, European Commission, directorate general for Taxation & Customs Union, directorate A
  • Prof. Walter de Wit; endowed professor international and European customs law, Erasmus School of Law
  • Prof. Marie Lamensch; research professor European economic governance, Institute for European Studies
  • Han Bosch; IT auditor and policy advisor e-commerce Dutch customs
  • Steven Pope; vice-president customs and regulatory affairs, DHL

Customs and trade compliance

“We are very pleased with the support of the Dutch Trade Facilitation Committee in organising this event,” says Klaas Wassens, Executive Director of RSM’s Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme. “It underlines that Customs and Trade in the Netherlands support our efforts in the area of customs and trade compliance.”

The conference also celebrates the accreditation of RSM’s Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This modular programme for international professionals in Customs and Trade Compliance is grounded in the EU Customs Competence Framework.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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