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 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 Management Review, Transportation Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Communications of the ACM, and Production and Operations Management. He has participated and co-ordinated research in international logistics and container transport. Rob is the academic director of RSM’s Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme.

    Prof. 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 trade. His research interests are service engineering and governance: ITC-enabled electronic negotiation and contracting; multi-agent modelling to develop automation of business procedures in international trade. Yao-Hua is also the programme director of RSM’s Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme.

    Prof. 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 in RSM’s Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme.

    Prof. 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 professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Albert has extensive experience in the field of multimodal freight transport and synchromodality as well as in international freight transport and logistics. He was part of the scientific co-ordination team of a large integrated project in the seventh framework research programme of the EU: CASSANDRA.

    Dr 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 compliance and e-government. He is involved in research projects CORE and SATIN about safety and security in international trade.

    Dr Ruud Tusveld
    Ruud Tusveld is the partner in charge of the Dutch Customs & International Trade practice of PwC, leader of the PwC EMEA Customs & International Trade group, and global co-ordinator for the customs network worldwide as a member of the global indirect tax leaderships team of PwC. Ruud is involved in customs consultancy of any kind, but specialises in customs regime aspects related to distribution and production of goods such as customs warehousing, processing reliefs and centralised solutions, and customs valuation in relation to transfer pricing and excises. In all cases, this is combined with advise on the related main international VAT aspects.

    Dr Ferdinand Jaspers
    Ferdinand Jaspers is programme director at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. His teaching and consultancy activities focus on business modelling and lean startup. Based on his expertise at the intersection of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, he teaches courses and provides masterclasses, workshops and boot camps on corporate entrepreneurship, new business development, and entrepreneurial start-up and growth. With a rigorous academic perspective, Ferdinand draws upon and helps you move beyond approaches such as customer development and lean startup, business modelling, and effectuation. He holds a PhD from RSM.

  • Dates

    We run two modules in February and two modules in November of each year. You can start the programme in either month. 

    November 2019
    TBD: Essentials of Customs
    TBD: Essentials of IT

    February 2020
    TBD: Essentials of Logistics
    TBD: Essentials of Auditing
    Project Kickoff
    Please contact our programme advisor Eugène Kerpen for more information.


    € 8,250 (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.

  • Please contact our programme advisor Eugène Kerpen to register or for more information.