Boosting legislation logic while optimising data sharing and IT
After 12 years at global transport and logistics company Kuehne+Nagel, customs manager Jeroen Borst is making a move to KGH Customs Services, a Maersk company. Read how RSM’s Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance boosted his knowledge, expanded his network and accelerated his career.
“It’s the only master education with a focus on not only customs legislation, but also managing your supply chain from a customs perspective and a compliance perspective. There are other masters in customs, but RSM goes much further. It’s a broad programme which covers IT, auditing, and various aspects of customs legislation.”
“I most enjoyed working together and collaborating with other professionals within the authorities or logistics business. Everyone brought different experiences, and came from different countries. We had five modules per year, and we felt like a tight-knit group each time. We graduated in 2020, but our app group is still active, and we contact each other about content and ask each other’s advice. We still had this warm feeling at an alumni event last year.”
“It requires a lot of discipline. Luckily, there’s a good programme structure. The content is offered in a smart manner. You need to deliver assignments or read chapters according to a clear scheme. It’s manageable if you follow that. It takes time though. Sundays were blocked for studying. But you choose the programme, so you deliberately choose to invest time to develop yourself.”
“It benefits customs managers who work in companies and freight forwarders, logistics firms, and customers who deal with cross-border trade and are responsible for compliance. An interesting part of the programme is a pillar on IT development. There’s so much innovation going on in IT to maintain compliant in your supply chain. So this programme is for people not only focusing on customs compliance but also responsible for improving their supply chain and optimising sharing of data.”
“It helped me to unravel the logic behind legislation. There’s so much legislation in our field of expertise. Once you understand it, then it’s much easier to grasp what’s happening. We also focused on agreements made in the supply chain. There are so many actors and responsibilities. It’s important to understand who does what and who is responsible at what time. Knowing this helps during daily practice. And you gain a huge network: your classmates have contacts too, they can all help answer technical questions.”
“I’ll be responsible for customs operations in Northern Europe. For this, it’s essential to have knowledge about sharing data, and how to assess the reliability of data. I now know what to do with the fast IT developments and data-sharing options in customs and supply chain compliance. RSM helped to get a broader picture of the legislation and what tools are there to help optimise the supply chain. I can use this daily in my work.”