Combining safety, security and sustainability with compliance and efficiency in international trade

Innovative developments force customs professionals, other inspections and business professionals to collaborate. You must follow the general trend towards regulatory compliance rather than command and control. This is facilitated by information systems. In RSM’s unique part-time executive master programme, you will explore and discuss these developments, and assess their value and implications for practice.

Unique content for leaders in customs and international trade

Knowledge from customs regulations, supply chain management, and IT-based compliance is brought together in this programme. During the two-year programme:

  • you can improve effectiveness and efficiency of customs supervision and enforcement on compliance, safety and security
  • you can stimulate uniform application of customs laws across the EU
  • you can reduce administrative burdens for business and government
  • you can embed compliance with laws and regulations concerning the import and export of goods into business processes and information systems
  • you will find out how customs supervision can meet business challenges
  • you can create mutual understanding among parties from diverse backgrounds
  • you will join a group of aspiring leaders from custom authorities, governmental agencies, businesses, consultancies, IT and more.

Accreditations and recognitions

Master of Science (MSc) accreditation

The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) has renewed the accreditation of the Executive MSc in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). 

World Customs Organization recognition

The part-time Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme has been developed in conjunction with the World Customs Organization as meeting the requirements of its international standards for the Customs profession.

European Union Commission recognition

The European Commission recognises the part-time Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance academic programme delivered by RSM as a high-quality Customs related programme that is in line with the EU Competency Framework for the Customs profession and its associated EU Reference Training Programmes for Academic Customs Education. Learn more.

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Discover which expert faculty lead this programme

RSM’s Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance programme is led by a team of expert faculty members:

Dr Ruud Tusveld

Customs regulations

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 Tusveld

Prof. Walter de Wit

Customs regulations

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.

Walter de Wit

Harwin de Vries

Technology & Operations Management

Harwin de Vries is Assistant Professor at the Technology and Operations Management department at RSM. 

Dr Ziv Baida

Digital Transformation

Dr Ziv Baida is an Executive consultant in government and international trade related IT and data analytics developments. 

Frank Heijman

Customs Expert

Frank Heijman is Head of Trade Relations at the Netherlands Customs and the director of the National Committee on Trade Facilitation in the Netherlands. 

Prof. Albert Veenstra

Supply chain management

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.

Albert Veenstra

Prof. Rob Zuidwijk

Supply chain management

Rob Zuidwijk is a professor of ports in global networks at RSM.

Rob Zuidwijk

Dr Joris Hulstijn

Information compliance

Joris Hulstijn is researcher in responsible AI at the University of Luxemburg. 

Joris Hulstijn

Prof. Yao-Hua Tan

Information compliance

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.

Yao-Hua Tan

Philip Eskenazi

Philosophy of science

Philip Eskenazi teaches philosophy of science at Rotterdam School of Management. He obtained his M.A. in philosophy at King’s College London and his PhD at RSM, investigating the neurological underpinnings of management control issues.

Merieke Stevens

Operations Management

Merieke Stevens is an Associate Professor of Operations Management at the department of Technology & Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. 

Marcel Ludema

Technology, Policy and Management

Marcel Ludema is a Lecturer and Researcher at the faculty of Technology, Policy & Management, TU-Delft. He focuses on current and future innovations in logistics and supply chain. 

Sanne Taekema


Sanne Taekema's research addresses various themes in legal philosophy and methodology. Two core themes are the rule of law, especially in a transnational context, and the methodology of legal and interdisciplinary research. 

Andrew Grainger

Trade Facilitation

Dr Andrew Grainger is a trade facilitation practitioner, academic and educator with over 20 years of experience. His research focuses on the wider area of international trade logistics, including trade facilitation, customs and port resilience. 


Morteza Pourakbar

Technology and Operations Management

Morteza Pourakbar is an associate professor at the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management. 


For Whom

Participants of RSM’s Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance come from a variety of organisations.

You will benefit from the programme if you work for:

  • a national customs authority, for example as a customs officer, EDP auditor, client co-ordinator, legal advisor or policy maker
  • government agencies, such as a tax office, food and health safety inspectorate, police
  • a service business, such as a consultancy or legal, tax advisory or accounting office
  • a logistics organisation, for example as a trader, shipper, exporter, shipbroker or terminal operator
  • any other organisation, and involved in international cross-border supply chains.

More to explore

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Graduation class of 2017-2020

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Webinars on Customs and Trade Compliance

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Programme Podcasts