Level 5 Diploma in Advanced Customs Compliance


Institute of Export & international trade


£3,000 VAT exempt
Study method
Online, self-paced
380 hours
Access to content
2 years
Level 5 Diploma
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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This qualification covers a comprehensive and in-depth range of topics in customs compliance and regulation. Successful completion of this award, combined with the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Customs Compliance, will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to competently perform the wide range of activities expected of a customs professional, both in the UK and overseas.

Throughout the course you will have access to a tutor to answer enquiries related to the syllabus, and to provide explanations and further reading. All our tutors are appropriately qualified and have extensive experience working within the customs profession.

Students of this course will also receive FREE access to the UCC Navigator and Declaration Assistant Tools.


Level 5 Diploma
Awarded by Institute of Export


International Perspective

1. Customs at the Global Level

2. International Customs Conventions and Instruments

These modules address how trade and customs is organised at the global level, including key international organisations and their role in international customs law; schemes to ensure supply chain security; trade facilitation initiatives; partnership with trade; and other aspects of cross-border management.

By the time you have completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand how trade and customs is organised at the international level
  • Understand how international customs treaties and standards are established and managed

International Application

3. Practical Aspects of Customs: the Harmonized System

4. Practical Aspects of Customs: International Valuation Rules

5. Practical Aspects of Customs: Rules of Origin

These modules address practical aspects of international customs regulation, with a focus on those elements of international transactions upon which key cross-border decisions are made, including the application of trade measures, and calculation of customs duties and other taxes.

By the time you have completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand how international treaties influence the global application of customs policies and procedures
  • Understand the role played by international treaties and standards in achieving globally harmonised customs arrangements and the facilitation of international trade

Regional Perspective

6. EU Customs Legislation and Regulation

7. Union Customs Code

These modules examine the European Union as a customs union; EU customs law; EU customs regimes and procedures; import and export prohibitions and restrictions including military and dual-use controls; and practical aspects of EU customs procedures. The study of EU customs law is greatly simplified through the use of our web-based UCC Navigator tool.

By the time you have completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand how the European Union operates as a Customs Union
  • Understand the EU Customs Code
  • Understand the EU Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) arrangements

National Perspective

8. UK Customs Regulation and Procedures

9. UK Import and Export Licensing Controls

10. Declaring Goods to HMRC

These modules examine HM Revenue & Customs and other UK controlling bodies involved in international trade; the application of EU customs law in the UK; HMRC systems, procedures and guidelines; UK procedures relating to import and export controls; the UK Integrated Tariff; and practical aspects of declaration preparation, which is greatly simplified through the use of our web-based Declaration Assistant tool.

By the time you have completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK
  • Understand how to comply with UK import and export licensing controls
  • Understand 3rd Country Customs procedures in the UK, including the declaration process


Candidates must be 19 years of age or over and must have successfully completed the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Customs Compliance. Candidates with a relevant existing Degree from a recognised University and/or more than 5 years’ experience in international trade will be considered for direct entry into the Diploma.

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