My new and wonderful experience at the WCO/AP Workshop on PCA

 My new and wonderful experience at the WCO/AP Workshop on PCA



Reported by Mr. Duk Soo LEE

Director of Surveillance Division, Korea Customs Service


I am very pleased to share my experience at the WCO A/P Workshop on Post Clearance Audit (PCA) with A/P regional customs officers, which was held on 12 to 16 September 2016 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.  The purpose of this Workshop was to assist the A/P regional Member Administrations to effectively implement PCA in accordance with the WCO PCA Guidelines, in particular, by means of demonstrations and case studies to enhance participants’ technical knowledge in this respect.


I would like to share some of my personal feelings and thoughts which came after participating in the Workshop as a resource speaker.


First and foremost, I would like to highlight professionalism, excellent organization and active participations by the WCO Secretariat, the ROCB/AP, and the RTC in Kashiwa as well as 5 resource speakers and 23 participants. The 5-day Workshop program was very well organized and quite relevant as it included various presentations on the WCO’s PCA policy & operation, PCA implementation models & Case Studies by some of the participants’ administrations and a site visit to PCA office in Yokohama Customs, among others. Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my special appreciation to the WCO Secretariat, the ROCB/AP, and the RTC in Kashiwa for their great dedication and warm hospitality.

As one of the 3 pre-accredited experts, I took the lead on or made presentations at some of the Sessions including PCA in the Region, Case Studies (Valuation and Origin), and Resource Management. In order to successfully conduct my roles at the Workshop, I had made every effort to be well prepared before the Workshop.  Such preparation includes re-study of the WCO PCA tools, preparation of presentation materials and interview to PCA experts at local Customs and the Headquarter of Korea Customs Service to update my technical skills and knowledge in the field of PCA. For me, as a pre-accredited expert at that time, I could not let go the tension straps during the Workshop period since it was another gateway to a final test for the WCO Accredited Customs Expert (WCO ACE).




Conducting a facilitator’s role at the Workshop was challenging to me but will remain as wonderful lessons and memories. Now as a WCO ACE, I am very happy to be able to contribute to the future WCO Missions. In the same capacity, I would like to devote myself to the development of the WCO and its Member customs administrations in the field of PCA.

Last but the not least, I would like to sincerely request A/P region’s customs officers who may have same goal with me to join the WCO ACE Group in the near future.




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