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Beginners, advanced and experts

Customs, export control, origin of goods and preferences - no easy topics to read up on. Our seminar participants often have a very different level of knowledge, which depends both on their education and their individual professional experience.

The seminars of the AWA FOREIGN ACADEMY take this into account and are designed in such a way that you can easily select the seminars based on your knowledge requirements.


AWA beginner seminars are specifically aimed at newcomers (i. e. employees who have little or no knowledge of customs and foreign trade law). The seminars take place over several days during which you learn how to efficiently handle processes using a variety of examples and exercises. They are highly practical and will increase your confidence in performing tasks. Checklists and sample forms help simulate tasks in practice.


The advanced seminars build on AWA's beginner seminars. Of course, you don’t have to attend a beginner seminar to participate in our advanced seminars. We recommend that you start your training in an advanced seminar if you already have professional experience in customs, export controls, rules of origin and preferential treatment or VAT. By attending an AWA advanced seminar you will consolidate and expand your knowledge, so that you can better understand the background of topics and how they interrelate, thereby increasing your confidence. We take the time to go through practical exercises with you and help you to devise practical solutions in a team.


The expert seminars build on AWA’s advanced seminars. They provide intensive training in the management of complex customs and foreign trade operations. Expert seminars are a valuable addition to the basic seminars. They deepen your knowledge and present an opportunity to exchange views with other participants and speakers on current topics. AWA expert seminars provide an ideal forum for in-depth and constructive discussions.


If you have attended a beginner seminar or advanced seminar some time ago but would now like to attend a seminar at a higher level, we recommend that you first attend one of AWA’s refresher seminars. These seminars provide an overview of applicable legislation and recent amendments, thereby refreshing and updating your knowledge. The refresher seminars therefore prepare you for the more advanced seminars.


Customs and foreign trade law is generally dealt with in the AWA's beginner, advanced and expert seminars. These seminars focus on the most important topics in customs, export controls, VAT, as well as the rules of origin and preferential treatment. Learning materials and learning outcomes vary from level to level. AWA special seminars examine foreign trade topics in detail and take account of current developments. You can choose from a variety of special seminars and our list of topics are being constantly updated.


Customs and foreign trade law changes from year to year and companies must implement legal amendments quickly and with minimal disruption. Our update seminars provide you with an overview of the major and minor changes and inform you of important amendments thoroughly, practically and to the point.

Your contact persons

Tanja Glaß

Customs  Origin of Goods and Preferences

T +49.251.83 275 06

Edina Faulhaber

Union Customs Codex  Excise
Contract Law Management Customs

T +49.251.83 275 84

Which seminar suits me best?

Each seminar of the AWA is assigned to a level that is geared to the different levels of knowledge of the seminar participants.