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Formation Custom Compliance in eCommerce

Customs Compliance in eCommerce

Presential & Online

Start : 23/05/2025


Customs Compliance in eCommerce

A program organized in partnership with

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Benefits for you and your business

You are

  • Customs professionals (public and private sector) from across the EU.

For you

  • Understanding the position of e−commerce in cross−border trade.
  • A deeper knowledge of the peculiarities of EU customs and VAT legislation as applied to e−commerce.

For your company

  • Ability to demonstrate compliance with tax and product regulations upon entry of e−commerce goods.

In short...

  • Introduction to eCommerce in global trade.
  • E-commerce and trade: a global perspective.
  • Trading in e-commerce goods: the EU customs perspective.
  • Trading in e-commerce goods: the EU value-added tax (VAT) perspective.
  • Placing goods on the EU market through e-commerce: product compliance.
  • Formalities and IT solutions.
  • Managing the flow: customs compliance and mitigating risks upon import.
  • Customs controls and investigations.
  • ...
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This program interests me

Cross-border e-commerce:
a growing challenge

Cross−border e−commerce has grown tremendously in the past years. This growth has accelerated further with the COVID crisis and Brexit. B2C imports through online platforms has brought unique challenges for the customs authorities and for economic operators, due to the large volume of small and low value consignments entering the EU. The European Commission has taken action to improve controls of this type of trade, to combat (VAT) fraud, and to ensure fair competition for EU businesses.

Alongside the lifecycle of a low value consignment throughout the supply chain, our advanced program on eCommerce explains the customs and VAT rules as applied to cross−border e−commerce. After the four−day program, the participants will understand the position of e−commerce in cross−border trade, will know the particularities of EU customs and VAT legislation as applied to e−commerce, and will be able to demonstrate compliance with taxes and product regulations upon entry of e−commerce goods.

About the Customs & Excise programs

"Customs and Excise" is a modular, academically oriented specialisation programme organised by the universities of Liège and Antwerp in Belgium, in collaboration with the Belgian Customs Authorities and the private sector. The basic program introduces participants into the fundamentals of customs and excise. The advanced program comprises 11 modules and provides in−depth analysis of particular customs and excise related topics. The universities have developed the Continuing Education "Customs and Excise" around the EU Customs Competency Framework. The program participates in the pilot project of the European Commission to obtain an EU Certification of Recognition as a label of excellence for customs academic programs, which is expected for 2021.

This module is also part of a University Certificate: Specialization in Customs and.

This module is also part of a Specialization Certificate in e-commerce.

With the collaboration of logos-liege-airport-et-awex

Start on May 23rd, 2025
Duration : 28h


E-learning or presential


Executive Education Certificate

Level :

  • Expert

Requirement :

  • Basic program in Customs from ULiège or Antwerp University or being able to demonstrate an equivalent degree or experience

Location :

  • Online

Price :

  • 1.680€.
  • Possibility of using 28 training vouchers.
  • Actors in the food sector can benefit from educational leave assistance through the Alimento group. Visit the financial aid page for more information.
  • The prices mentioned are exempted from VAT under Article 44 §2 4 ° of the VAT Code

Approval of training vouchers : 

  • 0010-0001-0215.

Approval of paid educational leave* :

*Subject to accreditation renewal (in progress).

This program is approved as part of the paid educational leave system, financial aid can be granted from 32 hours of training actually completed. Please note that the minimum hourly volume must be consumed over the academic year, and not over the calendar year. Do not hesitate to contact us to find out the terms and conditions.

Academic Director & Expert coordinating the program


Marc Bourgeois

Academic Director

Full Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Liège. Director of the Master of Specialization in Tax Law at the ULiege. Co-president of the Tax Institute of the ULiege. Academic co-responsible for the Certificate in Public Finance (ULiege and UCL).


Yves Melin

Expert coordinating the program

Lawyer specializing in customs, international trade and European legislation, Partner at Reed Smith LLP.

Philippe Heeren

Expert coordinating the program

Philippe is a lawyer dealing with customs, excise, and international trade matters. He helps clients in addressing the challenges relating to customs valuation, classification and origin, as well as formal customs laws and suspensive procedures. His practice extends to the broad range of barriers and requirements companies face when bringing goods into the European Union, with respect to both tariffs and product compliance.
Philippe assists clients in solving disputes with customs authorities in Belgium and across the EU, next to providing legal advice. His support spans the entire dispute lifecycle, from voluntary disclosures to customs audits, investigations and, ultimately, administrative and court proceedings. Philippe has represented several clients before the European Court of Justice, most recently in a customs valuation in the X BV case (C-160/18). His activities also include consultation with the customs authorities, including binding information requests and repayment claims.
Philippe is a lecturer on customs and international trade at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and a visiting lecturer on customs law at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

Questions ?

Asmaa NB

Asmaa Mokhtari
Secrétaire générale de la Customs & Trade Law Academy
Phone: +32 491 36 22 20

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