10 March 2016, Bangkok
ROCB A/P joins the Panel Discussion on Cross-Border E-Commerce
At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, joined a Panel Discussion in the ADB Regional Workshop on Cross-Border E-Commerce: Towards Seamless Connectivity, which was held on 10 March 2016 at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. The Panel Discussion was part of the 3-day Workshop programs for the ASEAN Member States, to which a total of some 30 representatives from the relevant agencies from the respective Member States, including Customs, attended.
The Panel Discussion focused on the way to “tackle e-commerce challenges” and discussed relevant topics from various perspectives from regulators, logistics service providers, and academia. Issues related market accessibility for the small and medium enterprises (SME) and needed logistics infrastructures were raised. Challenges associated with trade facilitation, revenue collection, including de minimis issue, and protection of the society were discussed as well. In this context, Mr. Igarashi introduced some of the works currently undertaken by the WCO on e-commerce and digital Customs concept, and suggested the needs for the open-minded consultation and experience sharing among relevant stakeholders with a view to better accommodating fast-growing cross-border e-commerce transactions for fulfilling Customs roles in both trade facilitation and border control.
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