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Fri, 16 Jun


Virtual Training Event

Course: Customs Compliance Assurance

This course develops the skills professionals need to handle all facets of ensuring customs compliance. It includes the actions companies may take to ensure their operations comply with customs laws, procedures, and regulations. (Course ID: OC10)

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Course: Customs Compliance Assurance
Course: Customs Compliance Assurance

Time & Location

16 Jun 2023, 13:30 – 17:30 BST

Virtual Training Event

About the event

Course ID: OC-10

This training course can be booked for the study of the Diploma in Customs Competencies. It can also be studied as a stand-alone training course. See here for information about our approach to education and training.


What this course is all about - in a nutshell

The skills professionals need to handle all facets of ensuring customs compliance are developed in this course. It includes the actions companies may take to ensure their operations comply with customs laws, procedures, and regulations. In addition, it contains tactics for companies to proactively check if they are still adhering to the relevant regulations. (Course ID: OC10)


You will get a complete set of course notes, including a comprehensive dictionary of words, exercises, and quizzes with bullet points.

What we will cover in this course

- What is customs compliance?

- The different activities that Customs Administrations can use to enforce or check compliance (control, investigation, and enforcement activities)

- The legal provisions and methods for Customs enforcement, fines and penalties

- The concept of Customs offence

- How to liaise with customs in case of an inspection of goods

- The different law enforcing authorities regarding Customs

- Aim and function of compliance management systems (example: How the “INCEASE” strategic compliance management concept can assist your business with customs compliance)

- Deep-dive into strategies your company can employ to manage compliance with customs regulatory requirements:

  • “As Is” vs “As Should Be” Gap Analysis, Reporting on gaps in a meaningful way and filling the Gaps
  •  Setting up a culture of customs compliance in your company
  • Organisational requirement for customs compliance
  • Livelong learning strategies to boost compliance
  • The Compliance Manual
  • Best practice workflows and systems for companies wishing to ensure compliance with five essential areas of customs & global trade legislation (classification, valuation, origin, export controls, and other taxes – VAT and excise)
  • Tools and systems for customs compliance assurance of horizontal issues within a business (Compliance during the import and export process, steps to ensure data completeness, accuracy and timeliness, ensuring compliance with approvals, permits, certificates, revocation and renewal, registration and notification requirements, a robust system of documentation and record-keeping)

- Procedures to be used when investigating possible fraudulent activities related to Customs

- Ways to proactively monitor compliance with customs legislation, processes and regulations effectively to ensure the company is compliant.

- How to prepare, schedule, execute and act up finding of an internal customs audit.

- How to be prepared for potential audits by Customs administrations and cooperate with the Customs officers to ensure a smooth audit process

- Identify compliance partners and how to get the best out of them.

Who would benefit from this course?

The worldwide sales, supply chain, accounting/finance, customs, and shipping professionals at any level may benefit from this training.

Please get in touch with for more information.

Who is the trainer/instructor?

Customs & Global Trade Expert Arne Mielken or a customs & global trade professional partner with many years of practical experience in the course subject.

Expected Outcome and Results

Upon completion of this course, you will have developed a good general awareness and thorough knowledge of the following:

- the ability to define and describe “customs compliance” to others

- understand the role of customs authorities and the risk that non-compliance poses to a business

- how to run and report on a customs compliance gap analysis

- what leading customs compliance management concepts to exist, and how can they be applied to your company

- best practice workflows, processes, and tools available to companies  to comply with customs legislation as well as the systems available

- how to monitor for legislation changes successfully

- how to set up a wholistic compliance system

- how to run a customs audit

- how to collaborate with authorities during inspection, audit and investigation

- identify relevant partners that are commonly involved in ensuring compliance with Customs rules and regulations.

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

Participants are invited to complete a Quiz after the training. If they pass with a rate of 80%, they will receive a Certificate of Completion in “Customs Compliance Assurance” - Level 1 - Awareness. This ascertains that you have received formal training and have met the above outcomes and results.

Possibility to upgrade to Level 2 - Trained

You can achieve a Level 2 - Trained qualification by completing additional tasks/case studies and exercises. This will allow you to demonstrate that you can handle standard situations and related tasks in the field of  Customs Valuation - independently. Completing a level 2 will require you to invest 2-4 hours of self-study based on a work programme with deliverables. The exercises will mimic practical daily activities in businesses.  You will receive tutor support during this study and feedback on your submissions. If you successfully complete the work programme, you can obtain a  Certificate of Completion in “Customs Compliance Assurance” - Level 2 - Trained. This implies that we have verified and agree that you have an excellent working knowledge of the concepts and systems related to the subject studied. You can apply and use this knowledge in your daily activities.

An additional fee is payable, and more time needs to be invested. Please indicate if you like to progress to Level 2, and we will provide further information.


Practical Aspects

Course Fee

Unless you are studying for the Diploma in Customs Compliance,  individual bookings are subject to payment of a course fee. Upon signing up, an Invoice will be sent to you. Your course booking will be confirmed once payment has been received in full.

Event Policy

This course is covered by our terms & conditions. Please review them before signing up for this course.

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