Certificate in Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation (In-Class)

Start date: 10 October 2020

Duration: 5 x full-day sessions over 9 weeks (Saturdays)

Location: IT Carlow's Main Campus, Carlow town

Certificate: Certificate in Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation

Cost: €390

Course code: 14514

Programme overview


The aim of the programme is to educate and upskill Irish businesses in the area of customs compliance and trade facilitation by teaching personnel about the simplifications and harmonisation of import and export processes so that they can facilitate the expedition of goods across international boundaries and reduce the many costs associated with it.

The programme is targeted at indigenous industry importing or exporting goods who need to upskill themselves to prepare for the new realities that have resulted from Brexit.

This programme has been recognised by Revenue as meeting the criteria specified under Article 27(1) UCC IA. This programme will be accepted by Revenue Control Officers as an approved training programme when assessing an applicant for AEO status.

Who Is This Course For?

The programme is targeted at indigenous industry importing or exporting goods who need to upskill themselves to prepare for the new realities that have resulted from Brexit.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation processes and the legislation (Union Customs Code) and governing bodies that underpin these. Understand traders’ obligations under valuation, tariff classification, rules of origin and risks associated.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of how to apply theories learnt to the industry sector, nationally and internationally. How importing/exporting businesses can benefit from different Trade Facilitation measures and authorisations how it relates to supply chain operations.
  3. Demonstrate ability to apply the content and theories learned in the real-life environment for industry supply chain operations for all third countries trading.
  4. Demonstrate how customs-to-business partnership works and compliance obligations of same. Demonstrate knowledge of traders’ responsibility.
  5. Apply knowledge and skills learnt to practice through real-life case studies
  6. Describe the practical trade facilitation measures that underpin global customs authorities operating regimes.

Course Content

Module 1: Customs Compliance:
•    Introduction to customs: Global & EU customs in supply chain
•    Union Customs Code (UCC)
•    Customs Valuation
•    Rules of Origin
•    Tariff Classification
•    VAT & Excise
•    Special Procedures
•    Transit

Module 2: Risk and Trade Facilitation
•    Risk Analysis
•    Customs debt
•    Customs decisions and custom IT systems
•    AEO
•    Incoterms 2020
•    Customs Guarantees
•    Customs Procedures and declarations
•    Customs Entry and Export
•    Customs Status of goods
•    WTO and trade facilitation agreements
•    Other trade facilitation measures

Course Timetable

This is an in-class course delivered at IT Carlow’s Main Campus in Carlow town.

The course is will take place over 5 Saturdays.

Class Dates:

Saturday 10th October : 0930 – 1630
Saturday 17th October : 0930 – 1730 *
Saturday 7th November : 0930 – 1630
Saturday 28th November : 0930 – 1630
Saturday 5th December : 0930 – 1730 *

* Participants must take 2 x online assessments at the assigned times only. Participants will require a wifi-enabled laptop computer on these dates.

For further details on the timetable, download the course schedule via the button below.

Course Evaluation, Assessment & Grading

100% Continuous Assessment based on two multiple choice and open questions tests and a reflective journal.

The tests are completed online.

Participants must take the tests on set dates/times. These dates/times are outlined in the Course Schedule.

Course Requirements

Learner requirements:

Applicants must be over 23.

If an Applicant is under 23 years of age, they must hold a minimum of a Leaving Certificate.

Should an Applicant be under 23 years of age and not hold a minimum of a Leaving Certificate, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be sought and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Equipment Requirements:

Course material will be available through IT Carlow’s e-learning platform Blackboard.

A computer with internet access will be required to access Blackboard. A wi-fi enabled laptop will be required on the two dates of the online assessments.

Recommended browsers are Chrome and Firefox. Use of other browsers is not recommended.


Successful learners will be awarded a Certificate in Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation (Level 6, 10 credits) from IT Carlow.

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