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Customs Management in International Business



Today we truly speak of global trade. Goods are shipped throughout the world and are built from parts coming from all over the world. And although inner boundaries within the EU have dissolved and we can move goods freely throughout the EU, customs still play an important role related to all those goods going outside the EU and coming inside the EU. Furthermore sadly 9-11 happened. This act of terror changed current logistics. Security enhancing measures took place. Very often customs play a part in supervising incoming flows of goods security related. And last Great Britain will leave the EU. For the Netherlands this has huge consequences as the Netherlands distributes many goods into the EU, also to the UK. After the BREXIT, all these goods have to be supervised by customs, this will change how these goods may be brought to the UK.

For companies involved in the international flow of goods, it has become extremely important to act compliantly. This means they carry out their processes which are related to this international flow of goods in line with customs law. If they fail to do so, customs supervision will increase the throughput time in the supply chain, making their throughput time also more unreliable: a nightmare for every logistic manager.

This minor aims to teach students the ins and outs of customs law and trade compliance. Which measures can companies take to increase their compliancy and increases the reliability of the flow of goods. These measures must also be economically be justified.

Below an overview of the minor is given. As this is a plan, this might change little.

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As usual the minor covers 20 weeks. The first ten weeks will focus on theory. Lecture will be given on customs law and customs procedures. The concept of Trade Compliance will be discussed and the role of AEO and ICT to achieve trade compliancy. The last ten weeks will focus mainly on the project. Like an internship, students must execute a project within a company. The goal is to advice the company how to improve their compliancy. The assessment of this project will mainly be the same as the assessment of the internship / bachelor thesis. This means that this project is a good preparation of internship/ bachelor thesis. As currently both the Dutch customs organisations and companies lack employees familiar with customs law and customs procedures, this minor is also an excellent preparation for the labour market.


Praktical information

Duration: 20 weeks

Contact hours: First ten week: 15 hours on average, Last ten weeks: student will mainly be working in a company

Required hours study time: 40 hours/ week average

Credits: 30 ECTS

Certificate: Fontys Minor Customs Management in International Business

Start: September (S1)

Location: Venlo

Language: English


Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Fontys Hogeschool Techniek en Logistiek)

Tegelseweg 255, 5912 BG Venlo.

For further information please contact the minor-coordinator Mrs. Lonneke Vocks by email or phone number 0031 (0) 8850 79182.    





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