26-28 April 2016, Faridabad, India
After the first Transit workshop held in China in early April, the WCO, in cooperation with the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Sub-Regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for South Asia on 26-28 April 2016 at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers) in Faridabad, India. This Workshop was sponsored by the CCF/Japan and designed for Customs administrations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. 13 Customs officials from the above-said four Customs administrations and a representative from Japan Customs participated in the Workshop. Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P with the experts from the WCO Secretariat, Swiss Customs, Malawi Customs and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) facilitate the Workshop as resource persons.
The Workshop was intended to provide a platform for participants to exchange their practical views for improving regional transit regimes in South Asia. The experts explained the relevant WCO tools and instruments, in particular the different approaches mentioned in the WCO Transit Handbook, on the design of an effective transit system. They provided examples on the New Computerized Transit System of Europe, One Stop Border Posts of Africa and the progress development on the BBIN* Motor Vehicle Agreement of South Asia. Participant actively shared their national practices and regional experience in cooperation with their neighboring countries. Under the guidance of the experts, participants conducted a discussion on their main challenges and successfully concluding with some possible ways for a better transit system in South Asia.
*BBIN - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal
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