WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Seminar on Capacity Building on Customs Chemical Analysis



12 November 2014, Kashiwa, Japan

The World Customs Organization (WCO), in cooperation with the Central Customs Laboratory of Japan Customs and the Regional Office for Capacity Building Asia/Pacific (ROCB A/P), organized the WCO Regional Seminar on Capacity Building on Customs Chemical Analysis from 12 to 14 November 2014in Kashiwa and Tokyo, Japan, under the sponsorship of the CCF/Japan. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of ROCB A/P and Ms. Manita Sreeta represented ROCB A/P as facilitators. The Seminar coincided with the official opening of the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL), the world’s first WCO RCL in the wake of the conclusion of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the WCO and Japan Customs.  

The seminar, which was attended by 26 participants from 23 members, focused on discussing a series of challenges associated with chemical analysis and strengthening regional cooperation and mutual assistance to mitigate difficulties faced by Customs administrations. Based on a brief explanation on the WCO’s Customs Laboratory Guide, the participants shared their chemical analysis practices and discussed the significance and important role of Customs laboratories as an integral part of commodity classification infrastructure.  During the Seminar, the Participants also had a site visit to the Tokyo Customs laboratory.   

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