Ukraine: Kickoff Workshop on Advance Rulings

November 9, 2020 - November 10, 2020

On November 9 and 10, CLDP hosted a virtual workshop for 40 officials from Ukraine’s State Customs Service (SCS) focused on advance rulings. Advance rulings are decisions made by customs at the request of a relevant importer or exporter on specific questions related to the import or export of goods in question. This can include information made before export related to the classification, valuation, or origin of the good in question. This workshop was the first in a series of engagements aimed at helping Ukraine towards its goal of instituting a robust advance ruling system in line with international best practices. SCS officials shared the status of their current system, including gaps in implementation and goals for improvement, and heard from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Slovak Customs experts regarding their respective experience implementing advance ruling systems. 

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.  

CLDP in Action

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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