Regional workshop on SAFE Framework of Standardsand Authorized Economic Operator



5 January 2015, New Delhi, India

The ROCB A/P’s capacity building activities in 2015 was started with the Regional Workshop on SAFE Framework of Standard (SAFE FoS) and Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), which was held from 5th-9th January 2015in New Delhi, India. The workshop was hosted by the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and its National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotics (NACEN) and funded by the Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea). A total of 43 participants from 24 Members in the A/P region (including host administration), the WCO Secretariat and the ROCB A/P attended the workshop. The Workshop was led by WCO Technical Officer, Mr. Pashupati Nath Pandey, and two Accredited Customs Experts (ACEs) from the Korea Customs Service (KCS) and the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC). 

The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Kaushal Srivastava, Chairperson of the CBEC. The chairperson welcomed all participants and formally inaugurated the workshop. 

As part of the general introduction of the Workshop, Mr. S. K. Lee, CCF/Korea Operation Manager at the ROCB A/P, introduced the ROCB A/P’s capacity building activities, including four pillars of ROCB A/P’s activities and its efforts in assisting the Member administrations to implement AEO programs in particular. Mr. Pandey presented an overview of the SAFE FoS and the AEO program and briefed current developments on the SAFE FoS. Mr. Chul Hun Lee, the ACE from the KCS, demonstrated the AEO requirements and Mr. Weijian Shao, the ACE from the GACC, made a presentation on the AEO’s benefits to both parties i.e. the AEO and the Customs. 

Participants from China, India, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand shared their AEO best practices, challenges and solutions (do’s and don’ts) learned through their experiences in implementing the AEO programs. Participants from the Member administration, which are at the stage of the introduction of AEO programs, namely Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, shared their current status of implementation of their national AEO/Trusted Trader programs as well. Participants from Customs administrations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa and Vanuatu shared their plans towards trade facilitation, modernization, reform and feasibility of the introduction of AEO programs or their AEO implementation road maps. 

Participants also discussed issues related to mutual recognition of the respective AEO programs under the facilitation of the ACE from KCS. Participants heard a presentation on Customs - Business partnership and introduced the different security programs as well.

In the course of the Workshop, participants had a chance to visit the premises of an AEO company and studied the practical aspects of how the AEO has put in necessary security and compliance mechanism in place. 

At the end of the Workshop, participants discussed and complied own recommendations on the way forward for their respective administrations with a view to implementing AEO program and Customs-Business Partnership and broaden/deepen existing programs.

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