ROCB A/P spoke about the WCO Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards to business representatives in Thailand
6 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand
At the invitation of the Royal Thai Embassy in Belgium, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Thailand – European Union Seminar on E-Commerce and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) held on 6 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. More than 150 participants representing various government ministries and authorities, including the Thai Customs Department, as well as business associations gathered and discussed pertinent topics on challenges and chances in the digital age. Mr. Igarashi participated in a panel discussion session regarding the state of E-Commerce in the world, along with an Executive Director of the Bureau of Trade in Services and Investment of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, and spoke about the WCO’s undertaking in the development of the “Cross- Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards” and its supplementary technical guidelines. He highlighted joint work with all relevant stakeholders, including vendors, e-commerce platform providers, e-payment service providers and logistics operators, as well as the WCO’s implementation and capacity building strategies to this end. He also stressed the need for a prompt and globally concerted implementation of the Framework of Standards with a view to allowing legitimate e-commerce be further flourished while the border control against illicit trafficking in harmful goods is assured through appropriate partnership with relevant stakeholders. He also responded a question on the taxation on the cross-border transactions of so-called digital contents/products.