14-18 December 2015
The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Bangladesh Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 14 to 18 December 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 2 Project Core Members (PCMs) of this Multi-year Project of Bangladesh Customs, 5 Project Supporting Members (PSMs) of Bangladesh Customs, and experts from India, Sri Lanka, and the ROCB A/P joined the work.
This Multi-year Project was designed to support SASEC Counties’ efforts to realize the proper management of Customs Valuation control ideally through Post Clearance Audit for ensuring both effective trade facilitation and proper collection of national revenue. The Project consists of (i) two Sub-regional Workshops, in which the respective countries created own tailor-made Project Action Plans to enhance capacity for proper management of Customs Valuation control; and (ii) two national expert missions to support implementing their respective Project Action Plans. Each participating SASEC country has determined own needs and anticipated deliverable under this Multi-year Project, namely the development of a plan to upgrade the current Valuation Database for effective Customs Valuation control, including PCA for Bangladesh.
During the 5-day activity, the PCMs, PSMs and experts; (i) shared skills and knowledges on how to utilize the database for Customs Valuation control in line with the WTO Valuation Agreement and Guidelines on the development and use of a national valuation database as a risk assessment tool, and (ii) conducted a comparative study for the gap analysis on the current Customs Valuation Database in Bangladesh comparing with practices of other countries. The Final activity for Bangladesh Customs under this Multi-year Project is provisionally agreed to be organized in March 2016, in which PCMs will draw up the Plan.
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(*) Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka