May 20, 2021 - June 30, 2021

CLDP to Lead Programs on Customs and Trade Facilitation

CLDP, in collaboration with the Georgian Revenue Service, will lead a two-part program on customs and trade facilitation that will focus on three topics: post clearance audit, risk management, and authorized economic operators (AEOs).  CLDP will first lead a series of capacity building webinars for customs officials on AEOs, post-clearance audit, and risk management.  The goal of the webinars series is to strengthen the capacity of Georgian customs officials to implement post-clearance audits in a way that complements the overall risk management program.  This aspect of the program will assist the Government of Georgia in creating a more efficient trade climate and reducing trade barriers.  CLDP will then convene Georgian customs officials, international experts, and private sector stakeholders for a roundtable on Georgia’s pilot AEO scheme.  During this roundtable, participants will discuss the AEO scheme and identify the relevant institutional, legislative and capacity barriers to implementing a success system for AEOs in Georgia.  The roundtable is designed to encourage discussion and knowledge exchange between experts and participants to yield potential resolutions on key issues.  


March 29, 2021

Central Asia: CLDP Leads U.S.-Central Asia TIFA Working Groups Session

On Monday, March 29, 2021, CLDP led the working group session of the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting. CLDP reported on the work of its Expert Level Working Groups on Customs, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Sanitary/Phytosanitary Measures, and Intellectual Property Rights. The TIFA Working Groups unanimously adopted CLDP’s recommended focus areas and projects for the current year. As approved at the meeting, CLDP will begin facilitating a new regional Digital Trade Working Group. Despite recent improvements, the Central Asian region remains one of the least integrated regions globally. By assisting the governments of Central Asia to collaborate on fair, trade-focused, and transparent rules and procedures, the CLDP-facilitated Expert Level Working Groups can contribute to their efforts to mitigate the pandemic’s effects, expand regional and global trade, and promote market access.

March 22, 2021 - March 26, 2021

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka: Government Officials Participate in Trade and WTO Law Certificate Course

From March 22 to 26, CLDP sponsored the attendance of twelve government officials from Afghanistan and two government officials from Sri Lanka to participate in the Institute of International Economic Law’s virtual certificate course at Georgetown University. 

March 17, 2021

Afghanistan: Introductory Meeting with DG Ahmady of Afghanistan Customs Department

On March 17, CLDP hosted an introductory meeting with the recently appointed Director General (DG) of Afghanistan’s Customs Department and her main advisors.

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.