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UnscheduledGlobal Trade and Customs

This two-day course on global trade and customs offers participants the opportunity to gain knowledge of the most fundamental issues relating to global trade from a customs perspective. The course provides an analysis of general customs topics, such as rules of origin and customs valuation, and of some specific areas, such as the correlation of customs valuation and transfer pricing, and the VAT aspects of specific customs processes, together with a discussion of customs procedures in the European Union, the United States, Brazil and China.


Please note: This course is not currently scheduled. The price, program and instructors are detailed as per the previous course for information purposes only and may be subject to change.
Tax Courses
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Course code:
Client offer:
20% discount for Global Tax Premier clients and 10% discount for Global Tax Explorer (Plus) clients.
Early Bird Discount: a 30% discount will be automatically applied for registrations received 60 days or more before the commencement of the course (cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts).
Global Trade and Customs

Overview and learning objectives

This course provides an overview of the main concepts of the global trade and customs legislation around the world. Customs valuation, tariff classification and origin are common challenges for customs professionals and the course will help the participants to obtain a comprehensive understanding of how these rules impact their businesses. Besides the general concepts, this course provides some country-related information that will help participants to understand the local legislation and practical approach of the customs authorities. Up-to-date information on the latest developments relating to global trade will also be included, such as the most recent trade war.
Participants will have access to relevant online collections on the IBFD Tax Research Platform for a period of two weeks. Presentations will be made available in electronic format.


Field of study



Who should attend?

The course is suitable for practitioners in tax advisory firms, tax specialists in commerce and industry, and government officials.
Course level and prerequisites
This is an intermediate-level course. Participants taking this course will be expected to have a good understanding of customs processes. The course is designed for customs and tax professionals who want to learn more about trade implications that are of particular interest to businesses operating in an international, cross-border context.

Pre-course preparation

In order to participate in this particular course, no advance preparation is necessary. 

Interactive course - "Group Live" 

To safeguard the interactive nature of the course, including group discussions and case studies, a maximum of 32 participants will be accepted. Early registration is therefore recommended.

We invite you to send us in advance any technical, content-related questions you may have. During the course we will try to address your specific questions, but please note that this will depend on the amount of time available, the relevance of the questions and the order in which the questions are received. Should you have a question, please send it to

Disclaimer: The information provided during the course has been prepared solely for the instruction of course participants. This information is not intended to constitute advice on any particular matter.

Continuing Professional Education

Recommended NASBA CPE points for this course: 12 (in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE points, CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour). Read more information on CPE points and accreditation for IBFD International Tax Courses.

Course fee and registration details

The course fee covers participation in the course, all course materials, lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments.
The costs of accommodation and transport are not covered. If you have any other questions regarding attendance of the course, travel arrangements, payments and cancellations, please consult our FAQ.


  • Introduction – trade and customs relevance in the 21st century
  • Customs valuation
  • Rules of origin and free trade agreements (FTAs)
  • Tariff classification
  • Customs processes and VAT/GST
  • Incoterms and their implications for customs and tax purposes
  • Union customs code
  • Brazil
  • United States
  • China


  • Zsolt Szatmári
    Zsolt Szatmári joined IBFD in 2017 and is currently a senior VAT specialist in the VAT Knowledge Group. He is the editor of the VAT in Europe and VAT Worldwide publications and is...
  • Vanessa Bacchin Cardo is Global Trade and Customs manager at Henkel in Amsterdam. She joined Henkel in October 2018. Before that, she was an Indirect Tax Manager at Unilever, responsible for the...
  •  Brian Mulier
    Brian Mulier is a partner in the International Tax and International Trade & Customs Practice Group of Bird & Bird LLP and is based in The Hague. He has extensive experience in advising...
  • Fernanda Herrmann specializes in global customs law. She currently holds the position of Global Customs Lead with Diageo, based in Europe. She is Brazilian but also has German citizenship and has...
  • Kathryn Bussey is a Global Trade and Customs professional with eight years of experience in both consulting and in-house roles. She is currently part of the Global Trade Team for Henkel Global...
  • Eline Polak is heading the Indirect Tax group of Mazars Amsterdam, where she deals with VAT, customs and excise. She has broad experience in the field of customs, excise and VAT-related issues...
  • Bryan Tang is Greater China Global Trade Leader at Ernst & Young, China. His major experience includes advising clients on various duty-efficient operational structures to streamline their...