Diploma Programme in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance

Diploma Programme in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance

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.  

How to become a leader in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance

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.
  • The nine-day Diploma Programme in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance 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.

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
  • 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.
  • “The programme provides an academic curriculum in customs and supplier chain compliance. Participants from business and customs help you explore and understand both worlds. The diploma programme is well-organised and provides a high level of education. Understanding business and in-depth education is crucial for the customs administration.”
    Rob van Ittersum, department co-ordinator of security, health, economy and environment at Dutch Customs Administration

    “I gained a thorough insight in the field of safety, security and trade facilitation. Daily operating on the edge of customs, trade, logistics and IT, this programme offered me a strong fundament and driver for further improvement and extending my business in cross-border trade. By collaborating with participants from all kind of disciplines, sectors and from different countries, I broadened my perspective on how to approach practical cases. And, by writing the report we structured and modelled our procedures in how we service our clients.”
    Edward Witlox, managing director, Bonded Services International

    “I wanted to expand my general knowledge on customs and supply chain compliance to complement the very company- and trade-specific knowledge I already had. Ruud Tusveld provided this brilliantly, offering the basic framework of customs as a concept and how the detailed law and procedures take part in that.”
    Peter Holm, European supply chain manager, Knowles

    “RSM’s diploma programme in customs and supply chain compliance gave me a multi-disciplinary understanding of the issues in managing global supply chains. I gained an up-to-date insight into a constantly changing environment and an understanding of the challenges facing customs administration in securing safety and security of international trade. It was also valuable to get new ideas and learn from a diverse group of participants from both trade and customs.”
    Elvar Örn Arason, AEO co-ordinator, Iceland Customs

  • RSM’s Diploma Programme in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance is led by a team of expert faculty members who also teach in RSM’s Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme, including:

    Prof. Rob Zuidwijk
    Rob Zuidwijk is professor of global supply chains and ports 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 Management Review, Transportation Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management. He has participated and co-ordinated funded research projects in international logistics and container transport. Rob is the academic director of RSM’s Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme. He also acts as Captain of Science in the Topsector Logistiek.

    Prof. Yao-Hua Tan
    Yao-Hua Tan is professor of ICT at Delft University of Technology. He is scientific co-ordinator of an EU-funded research project to develop data analytics and AI to improve customs risk targeting, and scientific co-ordinator of PEN-CP to build a network for European customs for innovation R&D. He researches service engineering and governance: IT innovation for e-customs; IT architectures for compliance management for international supply chains; and AI and data analytics for customs risk targeting and logistic efficiency. Yao-Hua published five books and over 220 conference papers and journal articles. He is also the programme director of RSM’s Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance.

    Prof. Walter de Wit
    Walter de Wit is professor of international and European customs law at Erasmus School of Law, where he is programme director and tutor for the Post-master in EU Customs Law programme in the European Fiscal Studies Foundation, and is a core faculty member for in RSM’s Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme. He is also a partner at professional services firm Ernst & Young, where he advises clients on indirect taxes, customs and international trade. Walter specialises in international trade and how taxation and customs law impact cross border supply chains, and has served as Advocate General in the Tax Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

    Prof. Albert Veenstra
    Albert Veenstra is the scientific director of the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics (Dinalog) and professor in international trade facilitation and logistics at Eindhoven University of Technology. At Dinalog, he develops and executes the innovation agenda for the Dutch logistics industry. He was senior business consultant at TNO from 2011 to 2014. Before that, he was an assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Albert has broad experience in international freight transport and logistics, regulatory compliance in supply chains, and multimodal freight transport and synchromodality. He was also part of the scientific co-ordination team of large European integrated projects.

    Dr Joris Hulstijn
    Joris Hulstijn is an assistant professor of information systems at Tilburg School of Economics and Management. He has a background in information systems and IT auditing. His research concentrates on computational forms of auditing, such as model-based auditing process mining, continuous control monitoring and their applications, for example in regulatory compliance and e-government. For this, he often collaborates with government organisations such as the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. Joris teaches courses on enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, cyber security and project management.

    Dr Ferdinand Jaspers
    Ferdinand Jaspers is programme director at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. His teaching and consultancy activities focus on innovation leadership. Based on his expertise at the intersection of strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, he teaches courses, masterclasses and boot camps on corporate entrepreneurship, innovation excellence and entrepreneurial culture. With a rigorous academic perspective, Ferdinand helps entrepreneurs move beyond approaches such as lean start-up, design thinking, business modelling and effectuation. Together with experts from DSM and ING, Ferdinand founded the ECE Innovation Leadership executive programme. He holds a PhD from RSM.

  • Dates

    New dates will be announced soon. Please contact our programme advisor Eugène Kerpen for more information. 


    € 8,595 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

    10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. More information about the discount.

    General terms and conditions

    Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.


    The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

    Hotel accommodation

    We recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel, adjacent to the university and less than five minutes’ walk from campus. Participants benefit from special rates.

  • New dates will be announced soon. Please contact our programme advisor Eugène Kerpen for more information.