NEW! EU Customs & Trade
CPD programme

Knowledge is essential to stay ahead of the competition, ensure
lean supply chains, sound risk management and smooth cross-
border movement of goods. Join the Continuous Professional
Development (CPD) programme!

Deliver value
with professionalism

EU Customs & Trade
Compliance CPD programme

Guided self-learning for all supply chain actors who aim to ensure the smooth cross-border movement of goods in an ever-changing environment.

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Access to a constantly growing knowledge base created by experts; weekly EU law news
Assignments that help you embed the knowledge
Exchange of know-how with programme participants from different countries
Motivating credit system for graduating with distinction


Those who deal with customs in:

Import/export companies (logistics, finance, procurement, sales and other departments)
Logistics service providers (transport, forwarding, customs warehouse, etc.)
Customs brokerage companies
Providers of legal and consulting services


Guided self-learning based on the learning material on CustomsClear - articles and videos
Peer-to-peer learning - exchange in the forum and at bi-monthly meetings
Earn credits for the completion of assignments
Be awarded a CPD certificate at the end of the year

CPD Certification System

The system is based on credits awarded for the completion of assignments




Key insights from the learning material and how they benefit you and your work/company

Prior to the meeting


Complete a given task, e.g. a quiz, classify a product

Prior to the meeting


Share country or industry specific news

During the meeting


Participate in the meeting

The meeting




Evaluation at the end of 2023





*5 additional credits for active participation


With distinction


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does the EU Customs and Trade Compliance Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme help to ensure compliance within the company?

It is a fact that import-export companies operate in a highly complex and constantly changing legal environment. Many of them devote a great deal of effort and resources to complying with customs and trade regulations, but these efforts often fall short of the desired results.

The problem: The weakest link in the risk management process is often "qualified staff in the departments most concerned and regular training of the staff and managers involved". The solution: The CPD certificate certifies that your staff have the necessary knowledge and that they are constantly improving it. 

Your staff will be able to demonstrate that they have the most up-to-date knowledge (thanks to weekly legal updates and discussions within the CPD group) and that they have in-depth knowledge of the EU customs and trade compliance aspects and issues relevant to the company (which they learn not only from the training materials but also from the programme leaders and peers).

How can I acquire a general understanding of customs and trade compliance in preparation for participation in the CPD programme?

If you are a novice in the field of customs and trade compliance or have only a fragmentary knowledge, we recommend that you complete the EU Customs Clearance and Trade Compliance course before taking part in the CPD programme. The course will provide you with the necessary systematic background knowledge.

How can the CPD programme help me advance in my career?

The CPD certificate certifies that you know EU law and are constantly improving your knowledge. You will be able to demonstrate that you have the latest knowledge (thanks to the weekly legal updates and discussions in the CPD group) and can discuss in depth various aspects and issues related to EU customs and trade compliance (which you will learn not only from the learning materials but also from the programme leaders and your colleagues). You will also be able to say that you are gaining your knowledge from renowned European customs and trade compliance experts who have worked on the Union Customs Code (Michael Lux), who have held positions of heads of customs (Anthony Buckley), who have written books on the subject (Dr Andrew Grainger) and many others whose prepared materials (articles and videos) you will use and some of whom you will meet during the programme.

What knowledge do I need to have in order to participate in the CPD programme?

You must at least have a general understanding of customs and trade compliance (not necessary in the EU) to be able to participate meaningfully in the programme. The learning material is designed for different levels - from beginner to expert - and covers a wide range of topics, bearing in mind that customs and trade compliance is a very complex area where there are no experts for everything. You may be an expert in some areas (e.g. export control) but a beginner in others (e.g. customs valuation).

How much time do I have to dedicate to complete the CPD programme with distinction?

Please plan about one hour per week to update your knowledge by reading the weekly EU law news (which you will receive by email) and to study new (or other, chosen by you) learning materials or work on the assignments.

How can I catch up if I cannot attend the bi-monthly live session?

You will meet with the programme leader instead, at a time convenient for you.

Who can I contact if I have a question or need support during the programme?

You have several options: You can contact the programme coordinator, send the question to everyone (programme colleagues and leaders) by email or write in a members only WhatsApp group, or you can contact programme leaders.

When will I complete the CPD programme if I join it quite late, e.g. in August/September?

Certificates are awarded at the end of each year. If you start the programme later, we will discuss with you individually how you would like to proceed - whether to make more effort to receive the certificate for that year or to start learning with the group and receive the certificate the following year.

If I don't complete the full year of the CPD programme, can I still receive the certificate?

Yes, you will receive a certificate for the period during which you participated in the CPD programme and for the credits earned.

Is the certificate verified by an official organisation?

The certificate is verified by the Customs Knowledge Institute and CustomsClear. In the EU, there is no government recognition or standard for a Customs and Trade Compliance CPD programme.

Who are the creators of the CPD programme?

The CPD programme was developed by CustomsClear, the customs and trade compliance knowledge platform, and the Customs Knowledge Institute, the network of customs and trade compliance experts (and those who want to become one).

I live on a continent other than Europe. How can I best apply the knowledge I will gain from the CPD programme?

One of the options would be to take a job in customs and trade compliance in an international company trading with or operating in the EU. The CPD certificate certifies that you know EU customs law and are constantly improving your knowledge. You will be able to demonstrate that you have the latest knowledge and can discuss in depth various aspects and issues related to EU customs and trade compliance.


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129 €/mo

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75 €/mo

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199 €/mo

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All plans include 

Full access to the latest and most up-to-date articles written by industry experts and academics
Access to EU's largest customs-related content video library 
Experts-led knowledge assessments & continuous professional development programme (CPD) 


“The value of the CPD programme is very clear. The legal environment is highly complex and constantly changing. Not knowing what you're doing means a high risk of non-compliance. What's more, it saves time - learning on your own would take much longer.”

Thomas Knebel, CPD programme participant
Trade Compliance Officer, Sandvik Group, Sweden

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