16-20 November 2015, Apia, Samoa
Responding to a strong request from Samoa Customs Service, the ROCB A/P, in cooperation with the WCO Secretariat and under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, conducted the National Workshop on Post Clearance Audit (PCA) for Samoa Customs Service from 16 to 20 November 2015 in Apia, Samoa, for their better understanding and effective implementation of PCA. Total of 19 Customs officers from PCA Section and other PCA-related Sections and 5 officers from Internal Revenue Service attended the Workshop.
This Workshop was organized as a follow-up action of the WCO Multi-year (2011-2013) PCA Project for Oceania Customs Organization (OCO) Members, which was also coordinated by the WCO Secretariat and the ROCB A/P. The main objectives of the Project were development of the OCO PCA Guidelines and fostering national trainers in the respective participated OCO Members.
A series of lectures, case studies and exercises were led by Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, a WCO Accredited Customs Expert (ACE) from the ROCB A/P, and Ms. Maki Hirata, an expert from Japan Customs. Participants actively contributed to the Workshop and a number of issues were raised and discussed. Participants successfully renewed their understanding of PCA and the importance of cooperation among related Sections, including IRS, for materializing proper revenue collection while maintaining trade facilitation.