WCO Regional Workshop on Authorized Economic Operators and Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements
5-9 February 2018, Seoul, Korea
The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Korea Customs Service (KCS), organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) and Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRA) from 5 February to 9 February 2018 in Seoul, Korea, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to support the implementation of the AEO programs and achievement of the MRA negotiations in the A/P region.
23 participants from 20 regional Member administrations, 5 resource persons and 7 supporting officials for conducting mock exercise of on-site validation, attended in this workshop. Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended this workshop as one of the resource persons, and made a presentation on the ROCB A/P’s contributions and activities for capacity building.
The workshop provided the platform for dynamic discussion on different aspects of the AEO programs and the MRAs. The workshop started with the basics, namely: why SAFE FoS was born; what is required for an AEO program; what are the common challenges faced at the implementation stage and how to solve them; and what are the next steps to achieve an MRA, among others. One day was set aside for a KCS-led ‘mock validation exercise’ at an AEO company. The aim was to provide an opportunity to all participants to demonstrate how a validation is conducted and the business’ voices on actual benefits gained.
Through this 5-day workshop, the participants actively took part in all the discussions and exercises and shared their views on their possible steps for their administration to materialize the lessons learned from the workshop. The workshop was successfully concluded with the participants’ clear recognition of common challenges and possible solutions relating to the promotion of the AEO programs and possibility for a multilateral AEO MRA.
The regional Members are proud of being an AEO engine centre considering the implementation number of the operational AEO programs and MRAs in the region, namely twelve (12) operational AEO programs to-date, four (4) programmes being developed, forty-three (43) MRAs signed with twenty-three (23) additional MRAs being negotiated.
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