2015 Knowledge Academy

Outside activity

On Saturday 20 June, delegates will travel by coach to the Port of Rotterdam. We will depart from the WCO Headquarters and arrive at the Port by 10:00. We will take the Extended Harbour Tour.

Unforgettable view of the international port

For an unforgettable impression of Rotterdam's busy international port, this extensive tour is definitely a must. Shipbuilding and ships' repair companies, pipe layers, Roll On-Roll Off ferries, dry docks and the sight of millions of containers being transshipped: after this impressive trip through the Botlek area, you will know the ins and outs of Rotterdam harbour from your own experience. Through the trip you have an excellent view of Rotterdam's unique skyline but also get the opportunity to pass by former cruise ship ‘De Rotterdam’.

Following the Port tour, delegates will transfer by coach to the Belasting & Douane (Customs & Tax) Museum.


The Tax and Customs Museum has a very interesting collection about everything that relates to tax and customs. Now this might not sound very interesting to everyone that hates to pay tax and customs, but there are actually some very nice things to see in this museum!

Rotterdam has always played an important role in the history of tax and customs because of the many goods entering and leaving the country through the harbour. In the museum there are more than 40,000 objects that you can see varying from uniforms, medals, prints, paintings, silver works to smuggling goods!

Excursion Programme


7.45 – Leave Brussels

Parking in front of the WCO gates

10.30 – Arrive to Rotterdam.

11.00 - 12.30 – Rotterdam harbor tour.

12.45 – Lunch. Quartier du Port.

14.00 -15.00 – Museum

(group visit, English and French - tbc)

15.00 – Departure to Brussels