15-17 December 2015, Kashiwa, Japan
WCO, in cooperation with ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, with the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, organized the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Coordinated Border Management (CBM) from 15 to 17 December 2015 at the Japan Customs Training Institute (one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers) in Kashiwa, Japan. It was the first CBM workshop in the A/P region and attended by 24 participants from 21 Customs administrations with some observers from host administration, Japan Customs. Ms. Alpha Wong and Ms. Narumon Siricharoenwat joined with two experts from Finnish Customs and Polish Customs respectively to facilitate the Workshop.
The Workshop was designed to facilitate the exchange of strategic views and experience in the implementation of CBM. Two experts explained on the concept of CBM and how to utilize the WCO Conventions, tools and instruments to attain the ultimate goal of CBM - increase the effectiveness and efficiency in border control and facilitate trade by adopting a coordinated approach with other stakeholders. During the Workshop, participants exchanged their views on the implementation of CBM and shared their administrations’ practical experiences, including the implementation of Single Window, joint operations with other law enforcement agencies, development of bilateral agreements, etc. With the arrangement by Japan Customs, delegates had a field visit to the Haneda Airport Branch of Tokyo Customs and Plant Protection Sub-Station of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. They observed the cargo selection and inspection of plant protection items under a Single Window environment.
The Workshop was well received by the participants. They praised that this intensive course successfully deepened their knowledge on CBM and provided ways forwards for their administrations’ consideration in the implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
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