Customs

April 21, 2020 - April 22, 2020

Guatemala: Workshop on Public Consultation and Interagency Coordination

On April 21-22, 2020, CLDP, in coordination with the International Trade Administration, will conduct a workshop on public consultation and interagency coordination for up to 100 government officials in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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.

December 12, 2019 - December 14, 2019

Egypt: Port Customs Valuation

CLDP conducted a workshop on customs valuation in Safaga, Egypt December 12-14, 2019. This complements a similar workshop that took place in the ports of Alexandria and Said in August 2019.

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December 3, 2019 - December 4, 2019

CLDP Conducts Workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management for Western Balkans

On December 3 and 4, 2019, in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) Secretariat, and the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, CLDP organized a workshop for customs officials from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Moldova on risk analysis and risk profiles and post-clearance audits (PCA).

September 3, 2019

Mali: Prevention of Counterfeits Campaign - Initial Partners Meeting

On September 3, 2019, in Bamako, Mali, CLDP led a one-day meeting to build consensus among public and private sector stakeholders on an upcoming communication campaign aiming to prevent the use of counterfeits. This effort is part of a Mali-wide project with the U.S. Agency for International Development mission in Bamako to implement innovative solutions for combatting counterfeiting of products affecting public health, with a focus on agro-inputs. CLDP works with Feed the Future and the Government of Mali to implement best practices in the prevention of the movement and use of agricultural products and to raise public awareness of the dangers of fake products. This has been done through the extensive training of enforcement authorities including Malian Customs, the judiciary, police, and gendarmerie, as well as consumer education. It has also included the introduction of Mobile Product Authentication (MPA™) technology at the point of purchase through private/public partnerships. The new phase of the project builds upon notable improvement of the understanding of the impact of counterfeits by Malian stakeholders, including spurring the creation of a national database administered jointly by Malian Customs, the Malian Intellectual Property Office (CEMAPI) and the Malian Copyright Office (BUMDA) where producers and importers can register marks to facilitate the seizure of counterfeited products. CLDP is preparing to launch a national campaign, including culturally appropriate marketing material, through billboards, radio, and television, in coordination with local partners, raising awareness of the danger of counterfeits and showcasing new technologies to best combat it.

August 18, 2019 - August 22, 2019

Egypt: Regional Customs Valuation Workshop - Phase I

CLDP will conduct Phase I of a Customs Valuation Workshop in Alexandria and Port Said, Egypt.

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July 17, 2019 - July 18, 2019

Egypt: CLDP Initiates Technical Assistance on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation

On July 17-18, 2019, in Cairo, CLDP, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the International Trade Administration, and the World Bank Group, held a conference on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) for officials from the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA), members of the Egyptian National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC), and representatives from the Federation of Egyptian Industries. 

 

May 16, 2019 - May 17, 2019

Ukraine: Customs – Advance Rulings (Valuation) Workshop

As part of CLDP’s on-going assistance to the GOU on trade facilitation, CLDP supported Customs – Advance Rulings (Valuation) Workshop on May 16-17 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The two-day workshop proved a resounding success marked by high attendance and un-ending questions.  CLDP supported two experts, Elizabeth Grant from Customs Border Protection and Anja Wegner from World Customs Organization), whose expertise on advance rulings, data confidentiality and data models deepened participants awareness of and understanding. Ukraine officials and private sector expressed keen interest as evidenced by several dozens of questions in plenary as well as over coffee breaks.  Ukraine warmly welcomed a possible on-going dialogue under CLDP’s leadership to assist with practical implementation on this trade facilitation topic. 

May 15, 2019

San Salvador, El Salvador: CLDP & ITA lead Workshop on Best Practices: Implementing a 60-day Notice and Comment Period

On May 15, 2019, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on Best Practices: Implementing a 60-day Notice and Comment Process” for approximately 30 representatives of the Salvadoran Customs Administration (DGA). The Salvadoran Customs Administration has demonstrated a concerted interest in implementing a 60-day notice and comment process for all customs regulations.

The workshop served as a foundation to uniformly instruct the participants on the intricacies of various public consultation mechanisms and institutionalize good regulatory practices as the Salvadoran Customs Administration prepares to create an internal policy to require all customs regulations be subject to a 60-day notice and comment period. Compared to other countries in the region, El Salvador has the greatest momentum toward reforming its public consultation procedures. As such, strengthening the Salvadoran government’s understanding of international best practices for public consultation will benefit the region by building momentum and serving as an example of what the remaining countries can work toward.

To achieve this, CLDP and ITA called upon several interagency experts with extensive experience with public consultation, particularly the notice and comment rulemaking process. The experts provided an overview of the legal underpinning of public consultation, assessed duration determinations for consultation processes, shared methodologies for reviewing and responding to comments received, and discussed whole-of-government approaches to improving transparency and governance mechanisms. Additionally, the experts walked through illustrative examples that showcased the consultation process from start to finish.

As a result of this workshop, the Salvadoran Customs Administration has increased its understanding of notice and comment processes within an international trading scheme. This workshop is part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination for the Salvadoran government and to improve interregional trade in Central America.