THE WCO-UNESCAP UNNEXTMASTERCLASS 2015: The Single Window in the Context of the WTO TFA


 

12 January 2015, Cheonan, Korea


The ROCB A/P organized the2ND WCO-UNESCAP UNNEXTMASTERCLASS: The Single Window in the Context of the WTO TFA from 12 January through 21 January 2015 at the Regional Training Center (Customs Border Control Training Center (CBCTC) in Cheon-an, Korea. The Workshop was hosted by the Korea Customs Service (KCS) and funded by the Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea). 

A total of 38 participants from 24 Members in the A/P region (including the host administration), the WCO Secretariat, the ROCB A/P and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) attended the workshop. This 10-day Workshop aimed to provide Member administrations who are in the early stages of examining the WTO TFA commitments and Single Window implementation with the necessary knowledge to begin their Customs modernization journey. 

The program was devised based on the WCO’s Economic Competitiveness Package (ECP) and the UNNExT Single Window Implementation Toolkit. Facilitators introduced the instruments and tools developed by the WCO and other international organizations, such as Single Window Compendium, Data Model and Business Process Analysis (BPA) etc. Experts from various field touched upon the legal issues and trade formsrelated to Single Window implementation.

The Workshop was led by Mr. Donald Tan (WCO), Mr. Sangwon Lim (UNESCAP) and Dr.Somnuk Keretho (Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand). As part of the general introduction of the Workshop, Mr. S. K. Lee, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, introduced the ROCB A/P’s main activities, including the promotion of Single Window System and Mr. Sangwon Lim gave an overview of the second Masterclass.

Mr. Yann Duval (UNESCAP) explained the definition of Trade Facilitation, current situation of trade costs in developing regions, key factors in lowering trade costs and paperless trading. Several operators of national Single Window facilities from Singapore, Indonesia, Mauritius and Senegal were connected by teleconference for interactive discussion on the implementation experience of their own Single Window system. Participants from Korea, Iran, India, Indonesia and Thailand shared their Single Window implementation experiences such as success factors, lessons learned and challenges. Participants from other Member administrations introduced the current status of agency in implementing a Single Window Environment. At the end of the Workshop, participants were divided into 4 groups to develop a plan for implementing a Single Window System and each group presented the result of their discussion.

In the course of the Workshop, participants had opportunities to visit the Customs Field Training Complex at the CBCTC to practice the KCS Single Window System (UNIPASS) and the Busan Main Customs in Busan city to have a hands-on experience of the UNIPASS.