WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Program and Trade Facilitation
9-11 November 2016, Kashiwa, Japan
The WCO, in cooperation with the Central Customs Laboratory (CCL) of Japan Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Program and Trade Facilitation from 9 to 11 November 2016 in Kashiwa, Japan. This Workshop was sponsored by the CCF/Japan and was attended by 33 Customs officials from 23 Customs administrations in the A/P region and Russian Customs. Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P with Mr. Jørn Hindsdal, Deputy Director of the WCO Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate and one expert of European Union facilitated the Workshop as resource persons.
The Workshop provided a platform for participants to share practices and experiences in chemical analysis for goods classification. The resource persons explained on the important role of Customs Laboratory on enhancing the quality of Customs chemical analysis for uniform classification and how it is related to Customs clearance, advance ruling and tariff. The impact of Harmonized System 2017 was also highlighted. Participant shared their national practices and methodology on analysis through presentations and discussions. The CCL, also known as the WCO Regional Customs Laboratory in the A/P region, made a number of presentations to share its good practices on chemical analysis, development of non-intrusive instrument for quick examination, experience on establishing Customs laboratory and their RCL initiatives in information sharing as well as capacity building for the WCO and A/P region.
The Workshop was well received by the participants. They highly praised that the Workshop provided them with an opportunity to exchange information; strengthen their network; and acquaint new technology for physical examination of goods. Those good practices collected in this Workshop will be considered to be incorporated in the WCO Customs Laboratory Guide. The CCL will also make use of the information to develop its second volume of Collection of Good Practices on Customs Chemical Analysis.
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