Joint UPU–WCO Postal Security Workshop on Countering Transportation of Dangerous Contraband in the Asia Pacific Region
10-13 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand
The Joint UPU–WCO Postal Security Workshop on Countering Transportation of Dangerous Contraband in the Asia Pacific Region was held on 10-13 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand with the financial support of the United States. A total of 64 Customs officials and Postal operators from 29 countries in the region participated in the Workshop. The Workshop aimed at enhancing capacities for countering illegal movement of dangerous items and contrabands in the postal chain and sharing best practices in application of the pertinent UPU and WCO instruments and standards. Ms. Chloe Au, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Workshop on 12-13 June 2019 as one of the resource speakers. Others speakers included representatives from the UPU, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the Asia-Pacific Postal Union (APPU) and the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).
At the Workshop, Ms. Au presented the WCO’s ongoing effort in organizing and coordinating global anti-drugs programs and operational activities, and raised participants’ awareness on the emerging trends in drug trafficking route and modus operandi. Ms. Au also updated the participants with the latest development of the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards and the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program and encouraged them to join the AEO Program. She also reaffirmed the importance of the application of risk management techniques and the use of electronic advance data for identifying high-risk consignments in the course of handling huge volume of e-commerce trade.
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