Second Workshop on Customs Valuation and Classification for the State Revenue Committee of Armenia

November 11, 2014 - November 14, 2014

As part of an ongoing technical assistance program, CLDP conducted the second of a series of workshops on Customs Valuation and Classification in collaboration with the State Revenue Committee of Armenia (SRC), in Yerevan, Armenia. The first workshop, held in December 2013, was led by two advisors from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and an advisor from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). It featured comprehensive trainings on general and specific topics of valuation and classification, origin determination, CBP resources on classification and valuation, advance rulings, and CBP’s structure of regulation and rulings.

The second workshop built on the issues raised and questions asked in the first workshop and addressed specific topics requested by SRC. The program featured short exercises and complex case studies that require participants to break out into smaller groups and engage in active discussion. Participants included 27 Armenian central and regional customs officials.

The aim of the series of programs is a) to ensure that the State Revenue Committee of Armenia’s customs valuation and classification process is fair, harmonized, and transparent and meets the requirements of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement and b) to thoroughly train a cadre of officials from the State Revenue Committee of Armenia on all aspects of customs valuation and classification, who will, in turn, conduct trainings in their respective offices. Ensuring a fair, transparent, and harmonized customs valuation and classification process in Armenia will contribute to creating a business environment conducive to increased foreign direct investment.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

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February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

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