ROCB A/P introduces the WCO trade facilitation instruments and AEO Program at the Trade Facilitation International Conference
11 September 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
At the requests from the Customs General Administration of Mongolia (CGAM) and the Korea Customs Service (KCS), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the Trade Facilitation International Conference held on 11 September 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, under the support of the World Bank Group International Finance Corporation. Over 200 representatives from Customs administrations and specialized inspection agencies of Mongolia and its neighboring countries as well as related international organizations participated in the Conference.
The Conference focused on compiling some recommendations on collaborative activities of the Customs and Inspection Agencies towards the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in Mongolia. In the plenary session, the participants shared their WTO TFA implementation practices and examined good practices on risk-based inspection and control. Following the related sub-sessions, the participants discussed the roles of the Customs and the General Agencies for Specialized Inspection (GASI) to implement the WTO TFA in an efficient manner.
Mr. Jo made a presentation on the WCO Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program and relevant instruments and tools for facilitating the implementation of the WTO TFA in the Customs sub-session. He highlighted the importance of application not only the AEO Program but also Risk Management (RM) Technique, Time Release Study (TRS) and information technology (IT) system in Customs administration for facilitating the flow of legitimate goods while enforcing high risk cargoes. In response to the questions asked at the panel discussion session of the Conference, Mr. Jo suggested establishing a dedicated AEO validation team and electronic AEO System as part of the prominent recommendations to the CGAM for the implementation of the AEO Program successfully, to which the CGAM fully agreed.
This conference provided the participants with a platform to deepen their understanding on customs trade facilitation issues and inspection agencies’ role at the border and inland for trade and business. Participants examined the key challenges for the GCAM and GACI on the implementation of the WTO TFA and discussed the possible way to cope with these perceived challenges in Mongolia with close collaboration among relevant authorities and stakeholders
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