16-17 July 2018, New Delhi, India
The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Central Board of Indirect tax and Customs (CBIC) of India, organized the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar of Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards (FoS) on 16-17 July 2018 at a hotel in New Delhi, India, with financial sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Find of Japan (CCF/Japan). More than 40 high-level representatives from 26 WCO A/P Member administrations and the resource persons participated in this very first WCO regional event organized after the launch of the WCO Cross-border E-Commerce FoS, which was adopted at the recent WCO Council Session in June 2018 (refer to the ROCB A/P web article at and the WCO homepage at ). This High-Level Seminar was organized back-to-back with the CBIC’s Assumption Ceremony of WCO A/P Regional Vice Chair. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Mr. Poonyawee Sroythong, Program Manager, participated in this Seminar as facilitators.
At the Opening Session of the Seminar, Mr. Atsushi Iizuka, Director general of Japan Customs and Tariff Bureau, made his opening remarks in which he stressed the need for Members’ collective actions towards the implementation of the FoS and his administration’s determination in continued contribution to the WCO’s technical assistance and capacity building supports. Mr. P.K. Das, Member of Customs of the CBIC, gave his keynote address, in which he highlighted the challenges and opportunities associated in the universal implementation of the WCO FoS. Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, also made keynote address highlighting the macro-and micro economic impacts of e-commerce and continued works to be undertaken by the WCO to remedy remaining technical and operational challenges. Mr. Visvanath Das, Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service and out-going regional Vice Chair, addressed his views on the significance of the WCO ‘s leading role on devising technical standards, including this FoS, and the economic and social impacts from the island country’s perspective. He also recalled the private sector’s future business models with e-commerce and disruptive technologies introduced at the recent Private Sector Engagement Conference, which his administration arranged preceding to the Regional Heads of Customs Administration Conference in May 2018 in Fiji (refer to ), and stressed the need for steady step forward towards the implementation of the newly adopted FoS.
Participants to the High-Level Seminar heard the overview and objectives of the FoS and relevant technical specification, as well as the Members’ experiences and pertinent challenges, such as the use of advance electronic data and its accuracy, as well as organizational set-ups to cope with influx of small and low-value consignments. In the course of the Seminar, Mr. Sroythong of the ROCB A/P made a presentation on the regional capacity building approach and effort for optimizing the effects thereof. In addition, Mr. Igarashi reminded the participants of the required actions in accordance with the WCO Resolution on the FoS on Cross-Border E-Commerce, which was adopted at the recent WCO Council Session along with the FoS itself, especially the notification of the respective Member administrations’ intention to implement the FoS and indicative timetable for implementation. The need for identifying the required sustainable capacity building measures was also reminded.
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