Customs

December 18, 2020

Balkans Regional – Working Group Update: Border Management for Western Balkans

CLDP hosted a Western Balkans Customs Trade Facilitation Working Group discussion on Friday, December 18 from 14:30h – 16:30h CET.

December 16, 2020

CLDP held Advanced Rulings Best Practices Webinar Series Session II

On December 16, CLDP, in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Government of Kosovo (GoK) sponsored a second training on the advance ruling systems.  This session included private sector companies from Kosovo AmCham and other shipping associations as an opportunity to learn about the GoK advance ruling system and to support the Kosovar government in creating a mechanism for uniform advance rulings on origin/classification and valuation.

November 9, 2020 - November 10, 2020

Ukraine: Kickoff Workshop on Advance Rulings

On November 9 and 10, CLDP hosted a virtual workshop for a large group of officials from Ukraine’s State Customs Service (SCS) focused on advance rulings.

October 13, 2020

Kosovo: CLDP Conducts a Webinar to Train Kosovo Customs Officials on Advance Rulings Standards in the U.S. and the E.U.

On October 13, 2020, in coordination with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, CLDP hosted a first in a series of webinars on advance rulings for Kosovo Customs officials.

October 6, 2020

Honduras: CLDP Distributes Webinar on Advance Rulings Publication & Transparency

On October 6, CLDP distributed a webinar on advance rulings publication and transparency best practices to the Honduran Customs Authority. CLDP worked closely with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to develop an in-depth webinar as part of a series of workshops with the Honduran Customs Authority to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination within the Honduran government and to improve intraerregional trade across Central America. 

July 30, 2020

Morocco – Webinar on Global Artisan Brands’ Response to COVID-19

CLDP will host a webinar in partnership with By hand Consulting to increase the export preparedness of artisans in Morocco. The presentation will focus on how the U.S. market for global handmade products has been impacted by COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, the path forward may be unclear for many small businesses. This webinar will help local artisans understand changes in demand of U.S. businesses that are within their target markets, highlight brands that are innovating and excelling despite market challenges, and outline simple ways to stay connected to customers by using impactful messaging. The webinar will be 35-40 minutes long.

June 25, 2020

Tunisia – Webinar on Global Artisan Brands’ Response to COVID-19

CLDP hosted a webinar in partnership with By hand Consulting to increase the export preparedness of artisans in Tunisia. The presentation focused on how the U.S. market for global handmade products has been impacted by COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, the path forward may be unclear for many small businesses. This webinar helped local artisans understand changes in demand of U.S. businesses that are within their target markets, highlight brands that are innovating and excelling despite market challenges, and outline simple ways to stay connected to customers by using impactful messaging. 

June 3, 2020

Azerbaijan: CLDP Provides Comments to Customs Code

On June 3, CLDP submitted comments with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to the new draft of the Azerbaijan Customs Code to reflect changes necessary to bring the code closer to standards reflected in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.  

February 24, 2020 - March 6, 2020

Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova Assessment

From February 24 to March 6, 2020, CLDP conducted an assessment trip to Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova. CLDP met with representatives of the respective countries’ government officials responsible for customs, government procurement, investment, and agriculture and also met with representatives from the private sector and academia.

January 13, 2020 - January 18, 2020

Morocco: CLDP Provides Technical Support for Handicraft Exports

On January 13-18, 2020, in Marrakech, CLDP led a series of activities focusing on increasing handicraft exports. The first activity involved an assessment of the largest handicraft exposition. In addition, CLDP led a workshop on streamlining handicraft exports and launched the new Handicraft Export Guide. Second only to agriculture in terms of employment, the handicraft sector in Morocco is essential for income distribution and job growth across socio-economic levels, particularly for women, and is an important factor in maintaining social and political stability.