ROCB A/P contributes to the A/P regional Conference on Time Release Study
6-8 October 2015 in Tokyo, Japan
Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, took part in the Regional Conference on Time Release Study (TRS), which was funded by Asian Development bank (ADB) and co-organized by ADB, Japan Customs, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and WCO on 6-8 October 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. 29 participants, including delegates from 7 ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) and resource persons from ADB, JICA and Japan Customs, gathered and discussed their experiences and challenges in monitoring and measuring the effects of their trade facilitation policies and administrative actions thereof.
Following the presentations on the program overview and the summary of the outcomes and common findings from the TRS conducted in these participating ASEAN countries, the participants made a round of presentations and elaborated their on-going measures to remedy those perceived challenges and identified bottlenecks for facilitating cross-border movement of goods. Mr. Igarashi also joined a panel discussion session on moving forward beyond TRS to further facilitate trade and reap tangible results from the ASEAN’s commitment thereto. At a session dedicated to the collaboration with development partners, Mr. Igarashi made a presentation on the on-going and future capacity building activities for trade facilitation in the A/P region, in which he stressed in particular the need for layered and combined implementation of a series of measures articulated in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement as well as those enumerated in the ASEAN Economic Community Blue Print, so that bold growth in import and export volumes as well as GDP per capita between 2005 and 2013 can be maintained and further fostered.
On the last day of the Conference, participants visited Honmoku Branch Office of Yokohama Customhouse and received a comprehensive explanations on the cargo risk profiling process and selectivity using Japan Customs’ automated clearance system “NACCS” and Customs Intelligence Database System (CIS).
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