Project Title

Implementation of APEC Customs Transit Guidelines 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 30 2017A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 30 2017A 

Project Title

Implementation of APEC Customs Transit Guidelines 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

146,616 

Co-funding Amount

25,000 

Total Project Value

171,616 

Sponsoring Forum

Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP) 

Topics

Customs 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Chile 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

China; Papua New Guinea; Peru; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Daniela Veas Jaime (new PO wef 28 August 2018) 

Job Title 1

Head of International Affairs 

Organization 1

National Cjustoms Service 

Postal Address 1

Plaza Sotomayor No. 60, Valparaiso, Chile 

Telephone 1

56-3 22134505 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

dveas@aduana.cl 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Daniela Veas Jaime 

Project Summary

In support of APEC’s 2017 Rank 1 priority of promoting supply chain connectivity in the APEC region, Chile is seeking APEC funding to conduct a workshop to address the effective implementation of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines endorsed by Ministers in 2014. 

The main concern of this project is to contribute to the implementation of the AMM mandate of effectively implementing and evaluating the endorsed guidelines in order to achieve the goals proposed in Phase Two of the Supply Chain Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) 2017-2020.

In this context, the project contemplates the realization of a workshop to be conducted in October 2018 in Chile, with the objective of sharing different points of view related to the effective implementation of the guidelines, which will serve as a basis for a Best Practices Guidance to be used as a pillar for future targeted capacity building.

Relevance

In 2009, Leaders adopted the Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP), identifying 8 chokepoints that directly affected the performance of supply chain connectivity. Chile took the lead on Chokepoint 8: the lack of regional cross-border customs-transit arrangements, and, in 2014, with the collaboration of China organized a workshop, with the goal of developing a common understanding of the problems and formulating a set of guidelines regarding Customs transit. These were subsequently endorsed by the SCCP and Ministers. 

This project seeks to continue the adoption of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines in order to implement them within customs administrations and the private sector of each member economy and relevant stakeholders. This project is also in line with the objectives regarding customs transit under Annex C – 3M APEC Customs Strategic Framework and trade facilitation for micro and SMEs in the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs as adopted by Trade Ministers in May 2015. 

In that regard, the 2016 Leader’s Declaration reaffirms the importance of the APEC SCFAP (2017-2020) initiative. This proposal seeks to align the transit rules of each APEC economy with the contents established in the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines in order to make them foreseeable for international trade operators and, in consequence, facilitate customs clearance and improve the smoothening of processes among APEC Members and the different international trade operators. 

This project is Rank 1 according to the 2017 funding criteria as it seeks to contribute significantly to promoting regional economic integration through the improvement of Supply Chain Connectivity. This will lead to reduced time, costs, and increased trade efficiency.  This efficiency will benefit both the trade community as well as government entities.

Objectives

The workshop would seek to do the following: 

1) Identify and establish each member economy’s efforts regarding the implementation of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines.

This is an essential subject for all APEC economies and there are challenges that come with the effective implementation of these guidelines; problems that can affect the customs administrations and the private sector, particularly exporters, importers, freight forwarders and customs brokers that carry out trade operations among APEC economies. Chilean Customs will survey each economy with the purpose of making an evaluation in relation to the implementation of the guidelines within the customs administrations, the private sector, and relevant stakeholders;

Raise awareness about of the importance of implementing the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines. This awareness should enable Customs to get to know the problems that the exporter, importer and the private sector have to face. 

2)  Carry out an on-site workshop lasting two days where participants will be able to recognize good practices regarding the implementation of these guidelines in order to build support in this process and ultimately add value to the smoothening of the customs transit process; During the workshop different experiences and points of view will be shared in order to construct a Best Practices Guidance that will serve as a tool to support economies in the implementation and evaluation stages.

I3) Work in the development of a Best Practices Manual, capturing the experiences and good practices to be used as a benchmark for future targeted capacity building training.

Alignment

This workshop would seek to assist APEC economies in achieving the goals proposed in the SCFAP established by the Leaders as well as by the Ministers; especially the goals proposed in Phase Two of the Supply Chain Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) 2017-2020, in order to continue efforts to enhance trade facilitation and supply chain connectivity in the APEC region.

In this context, this project aims to effectively implement the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines adopted by Ministers in 2014.

The project will contribute to the streamlining of customs-related rules and regulations as called for in the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs. Besides, this workshop will target the first rank of the funding criteria for all APEC-Funded projects in APEC 2017: 

·   Promoting SMEs Development (as the workshop aims to give predictability to the supply chain, improve the opportunities for SMEs to introduce themselves into the supply chain, and prevent that efforts to satisfy the origin rules of some SMEs could be frustrated due to not being familiar with the requirements of the final destination economy)

·   Strengthening the Multilateral Trading System (because this workshop aims to complete and harmonize the overlapping rules upon the interpretation of the treaties).

·   Enhancing Supply Chain Connectivity, including through Infrastructure Development and Logistics Cooperation. 

Finally, this project can also serve as a mechanism to assist member economies in implementing their WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement obligations.

TILF/ASF Justification

The harmonization of rules guaranteeing preferential treatment to goods that have transited earlier through a third economy, with an FTA in force, would open, for each APEC economy, a broader access from and to markets that are not benefitted with direct routes, as is the common case within APEC Economies. Now, this would be directly profitable for producers from distant economies (i), economies that do not have a great volume of exportation (ii) or economies that excessively depend on the routes provided by transport companies (iii). Usually, the economies concerned by these three scenarios are APEC developing economies, remaining aside from the main trade flows in spite of signed FTAs. 

In this context, the effective implementation of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines would convey further harmonization of transit procedures in Customs, e.g. facilities, special queries, customs officials’ capacity building, etc. 

The aim of this workshop is to exchange experience between participants who will be able to recognize good practices regarding the implementation of these guidelines in order to build support in this process, and identify gaps and challenges that may arise in certain APEC economies for future targeted capacity building.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The products derived from this project will include:

1)  A survey – the pre-workshop work;

2)  A report from the survey;

3)  The workshop;

4)  A report from the workshop outcomes, and

5)  A guidance for the better implementation of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines.

1)  Survey: This will be a questionnaire to collect information from all APEC economies on the critical issues arising in the implementation of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines and to evaluate the implementation of these Guidelines within customs administrations, the private sector and relevant stakeholders.

This workshop will be planned carefully during the following months, and afterwards a set of workshop materials will be prepared for the participants. Chilean staff intends to include speakers from APEC economies and their private sectors in order to have a balance in the discussions that will take place, including all relevant points of view from government officials, academics, and representatives of the private sector, among others.

2) Survey Report: All the information gathered from the questionnaire answered by the Economies – public and  private sectors - will be recollected in a report. This report will be used in the Workshop as a guiding tool for the dialogue among relevant actors attending the event. Consequently, this preliminary report will represent another step towards developing the Best Practices Guidance and to be used as a pillar for future targeted capacity building.

3)  Workshop: This will be a 2-day workshop during the second semester of 2018 in Chile. The workshop will be a forum for structured dialogue from analysts, experts and other relevant stakeholders, about the most critical issues in implementing the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines previously identified in the survey. The input of the participants, the presentations and the results of the workshop will be a source of information on APEC-specific implementation guidance and best practices.

4)  Workshop Report: This report will bring together all contributions from the analysts, experts and other relevant stakeholders. It will represent an unstructured and informal step before the “Best Practices Guidance”.

The Chilean staff will summarize conclusions and the main recommendations of the two-day workshop. 

5)  Best Practices Guidance: The guidance will be developed with the objective of gathering the experiences and the good practices from the economies that have implemented the guidelines internally and in their private sector, and will also address the challenges and recommendations that economies face regarding their effective implementation.

This will be obtained from the analysis of the results from the survey and the workshop, and the practical recommendations given by the Economies and experts. In reference to donor Economies, they will be able use the project’s outcomes in order to administer their contributions and assistance in a more efficient manner towards the common goal: to contribute to the implementation of the AMM mandate of effectively implementing APEC Customs Transit Guidelines in order to achieve the goals proposed in Phase 2 of the Supply Chain Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) 2017-2020. 

Finally, the staff will share drafts for comments and suggestions with participants from APEC economies during October, 2018. 

Outcomes: Chile is seeking to conduct a workshop to address the effective implementation of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines endorsed by Ministers in 2014, considering the objectives set for the long term, as included in the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting  in 2014, Annex C – APEC Customs 3M Strategic Framework: 

Short-term objectives: to work on Chokepoint 8, and formulate the guidelines for APEC Customs transit to address issues including lack of harmonization among APEC economies in granting preferential treatment to goods through third-party territories.

Long-term objectives: to carry out capacity building, implement Customs transit guidelines, conduct regular evaluations, and set up uniform arrangements of origin certification for transit goods to create an enabling environment for Customs clearance and more foreseeable transit rules for international trade operators, improving the effectiveness and security of the supply chain. 

The main concern of this project is to contribute to the implementation of the AMM mandate of effectively implementing and evaluating the endorsed guidelines in order to achieve the goals proposed in Phase 2 of the Supply Chain Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) 2017-2020. The project seeks to provide an overview of the PA´s characteristics, objectives, work agenda and achievements. Bearing in mind that framework, the project would provide the opportunity to exchange information and generate regional peer learning on issues. 

Particularly, this project will contribute: 

-   To align the transit rules of each APEC economy with the contents established in the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines in order to make them foreseeable for international trade operators and, in consequence, facilitate customs clearance and improve the smoothening of processes among APEC Members and the different international trade operators. 

-   To  the streamlining of customs-related rules and regulations as called for in the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs. 

Furthermore, it is expected that the two-day workshop increases awareness of the importance for APEC economies to increase their export capacity to compete in a global economy.   Finally, this project will seek to generate continuous work between APEC, exploring collaborative actions with APEC hosting economies in the following years. In particular, this workshop would also bring the opportunity to promote the APEC meetings to be held in Chile in 2019, and encourage the presence of Member economies, and in particular, to organize a visit to Customs facilities for them to experience the different operations and activities. 

Beneficiaries: This project seeks to engage both public and private entities looking for solutions to the issues related to the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines, in terms of achieving the goal set out in the SCFAP. 

Main beneficiaries and stakeholders of this project include:  

1) Private sector representatives (whether they are large, small or medium sized enterprises)with trading interests at the regional and international level, (e.g.importers, exporters, freight forwarders and customs brokers that carry out trade operations among APEC economies). 

Invitations for private sector participation will be coordinated through the host economy 2018 to outreach to private sector representative attending the APEC Customs Business Dialogue (ACBD).  Other invites will be sent to ABAC, as well as coordinated through the SCCP representatives to facilitate the attendance.  The invitation will highlight the subject matter and technical expertise needed to take part in the workshop dialogue. 

In order to engage the private sector representatives, we will send invitations through SCCP representatives, requesting economies to engage their private sector, highlighting the importance of the subject matter for businesses and customs alike. Likewise, we will also reiterate extend formal invitations during the ACBD and A2C2 meetings, to be held in the Framework of a SOM3 next year. 

2) Public sector participants (officials from customs administrations and government ministries). 

The workshop will be open to all 21 member economies and funding for participants from travel-eligible economies to attend will be available. 

3) Representatives from the multilateral development banks to encourage sustainability through cohesive and efficient execution of follow-up capacity building activities within the region;

4) International organizations and intergovernmental agencies (e.g. World Customs Organization) to provide expertise on customs transit matters.

5)   In addition, participants of other APEC fora will also benefit such as the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG); the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and APEC Alliance for Supply Chain Connectivity (A2C2), who will be invited to participate in the workshop; as well as representatives of national public and private organizations involved in the import and export process; and from trade associations and trade advisory groups, with special care to guarantee the participation of industry representatives. 

On the other hand, indirect beneficiaries include the business community at large, civil society, consumers, as studies show that implementing these guidelines can facilitate trade.

In the long term, the project will also benefit donor Economies as it will provide relevant information to help them direct their assistance in an efficient manner and, consequently accomplish more concrete actions towards the implementation of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines.

Dissemination

The main output of this project will be a Best Practices Guidance  that will be distributed and shared free of charge through the APEC Publication Database, in order to provide easy and free access to all member economies and any other stakeholders. This BPGwill also be presented at related working groups and fora. Additionally, the workshop presentation slides will be electronically distributed to all participants, both from other economies and the trade community, in order for them to share the material, contents, and information of the workshop within their individual economies. They will also be uploaded to the APEC Meeting Documents Database in order to reach and benefit a broader audience. The related working groups to present the BPG would be the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG), the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the APEC Customs Business Dialogue (ACBD), and the APEC Alliance for Supply Chain Connectivity (A2C2). 

Moreover, the project monitoring and completion reports will be shared with delegates to the SCCP during the APEC SCCP meeting. There will be no costs involved with this dissemination, just as there will be no selling of outputs from this workshop. 

The target audience for this material will be the workshop participants that actively carry out technical functions in this area and those from customs administrations that will take part in the upcoming APEC/SCCP meetings. Both the public and private sector from APEC developing economies are specially called to attend this workshop. 

All published documents will comply with APEC guidelines and be submitted for consideration and approval before being published. The report, the workshop outcomes, and the applicable recommendations will be distributed to all APEC economies and international organizations through APEC’s and Chile Customs’ websites, as well as interested government agencies’ websites, such as the General Directorate for International Economic Affairs (DIRECON). Moreover, Chile will suggest to the co-sponsors economies to take into account the distribution of the digital publication in a website they consider appropriate. 

The final report and Best Practices Guidance will be disseminated via email to delegates from APEC economies and to other workshop domestic and foreign participants. The report will also be published on APEC’s website so it is expected that the target audience of the project will be wider, especially for those not able to attend the workshop (e.g. SCCP Virtual Working Group website)

There is no intention to sell outputs from this project.

Gender

This project benefits both men and women since it seeks to fulfill APEC’s commitment to a strong, inclusive and balanced growth. In order to ensure the active participation of women, the workshop organizers will make sure to include female speakers and participants in the activity, through special requests in the invitation letters, as well as in the e-mail communications to the participants.

Implementing the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines will lead to a more efficient and effective process for APEC economies, ultimately resulting in a more solid and secure supply chain for the APEC region for the benefit of both men and women.

This project also looks to eliminate a barrier affecting both women and men, potential owners of an importer or exporter Co., SME or directly on their behalf, to reach preferential treatment for the goods they are selling or buying to or from foreign markets.

Work Plan

Time

Task

Deliverable

February- March 2018

Preparation of the survey for the preliminary evaluate on the Implementation of guidelines in each economy.

Document containing a questionnaire to be used as a base for the workshop, report and Best Practices Guidance,

March 2018

Developing the draft of agenda and contacting the speakers and participants.

Draft Agenda with prospective workshop speakers and participants, along with invitations.

April 2018

Draft Survey will be circulated for inputs and comments

Survey with inputs and comments from economies and experts (included)

May 2018

Survey circulation to answers

Survey answered

Early June 2018

Circulation of draft the agenda update for comments and review and invitation to speakers and participants

Updated draft agenda.

Late June 2018

Circulation of preliminary report of the survey. for comments

Preliminary report of the survey that includes inputs and comments from economies and experts.

July 2018

Contacting participants

Prospective list of participants

August 2018

Confirmation of speakers and participants

List of speakers and participants confirmed.

September 2018

Holding the Workshop

Successful realization of the workshop

October 2018

Elaborate or conclude Report containing results from the survey and workshop, and circulate draft of Best Practice Guidance.

Final Report and Best Practice Guidance that includes comments from participants, speakers and experts.

 November  2018

Distribution of digital publications

Disseminate of Project Report and Best Practices Guidance

March 2018: Developing the agenda: Identify the workshop speakers and participants, as well as the preparation of the workshop in terms of programing, preparation of material and circulating the respective invitations, among others.

April 2018: Contacting the speakers for the workshop: Based on 2014 workshop held in Beijing, “Chokepoint 8: Lack of regional cross–border customs-transit arrangements”, speakers will be invited, as well as experts and authorities in customs services, international organizations, and private sector, related to the transnational flows of goods e.g. WTO, APEC, EU, etc.

June 2018: Following up on the Program: Design and prepare the workshop. The structure of the workshop will be developed considering the list of speakers obtained in the prior activity. Contributions of the co-sponsoring and participating economies will be taken into account. In parallel, the work team will develop the materials for the workshop. These materials will include research papers written by the speakers and participants of the workshop. To reach this objective, a thorough reading of the available literature will be necessary.

July 2018: Contacting the participants: This month will be focused on detecting possible workshop participants. Invitations will be sending out to participants in the public-private workshop, to not only the eligible economies, but also other APEC economies. By achieving this objective, governmental authorities and embassies will be asked to support the dissemination of the importance of participating in this workshop.

August 2018: Speakers and Participant’s confirmation:  As mentioned above one of the results of the workshop on “Chokepoint 8: Lack of regional cross–border customs–transit arrangements”, will be the development of preliminary lists of participants and speakers.  During April and May, the Chilean staff will contact them again to confirm their participation in the workshop. With their confirmation, the staff will help to arrange flights and hotels for them.

September 2018: Holding the two-day workshop: “APEC Workshop on Implementation of APEC Customs Transit Guidelines” An on-site workshop in Santiago of Chile 2018, for economies to share experiences regarding the implementation of the guidelines and problems found while trying to apply and integrate the guidelines to their processes. This workshop would also bring the opportunity to promote the APEC meetings to be held in Chile in 2019, and encourage the presence of Member economies, and in particular, to organize a visit to Customs facilities for them to experience the different operations and activities.

October - November 2018:  Best Practices   Guidance (digital publication design): Once the workshop has concluded, a Best Practices l Guidance will be obtained from the analysis of the results from the survey and the workshop, and the practical recommendations given by the Economies and experts. This guidance will be developed with the objective of gathering the experiences and the good practices from the economies that have implemented the guidelines internally and in their private sector.

The digital publication will be designed with the collaboration of the participating economies of the workshop. Developing a final report with the workshop outcomes and the applicable recommendations.

November 2018: Digital publication distribution: through the APEC and Chile Customs ´ website as well as interested government agencies’ websites. The digital publication will be hosted in APEC website, in Chilean agencies websites such as the General Directorate for International Economic Affairs (DIRECON), as well as interested government agencies’ websites. Moreover, Chile will suggest to the co-sponsors economies to take into account the distribution of the digital publication in a website they consider appropriate.

Risks

1)  Lack of available participants attending: To ensure the success of this project, APEC economies’ representatives will be encouraged to participate in this activity and the Chilean staff will develop actions towards this end, such as contacting embassies and governmental authorities to obtain responses to participate in the workshop and increase networking.

This risk would also be managed through continuous consultation with economies on speakers, strategies, and topics of interest.  Additionally, the project overseer has informally surveyed and discussed participation, and plans to continue this work with the co-sponsors and delegates to the SCCP and will continue to communicate and engage with them. 

Regardless that this is a very interesting and necessary subject, we are concerned that an important affected sector (private sector) would not engage in the discussion because of other considerations such as cost, workload, or lack of regional perspective to solve this kind of issue. To mitigate this, discussions were initiated last year through VWG and with our private sector in Chile. Its dissemination will prepare and raise economies’ awareness about the importance of this matter. We will also ask all the economies to invite their private sector to the discussion. 

2) Delays: Inputs from the survey’s outcomes may run late due to the delay of some Economies. The time between the input deadline from the survey’s outcomes and the deadline to submit the preliminary report of the survey to SCCP and Best Practices Guidance must be arranged taking into account possible delays. However, we will take any precaution from the start to encourage Economies to respond the survey on time and if necessary explain any doubts about it. We intend to have open, interactive and ongoing communication with potential workshop participants.

3) In spite of the effective implementation of the guidelines, there is a looming risk if economies do not establish appropriate measures or change of rules, impeding the granting of preferential treatment in the cases concerning this chokepoint. To prevent this, we have planned to circulate a survey - pre-workshop - to collect information from all APEC economies on the critical issues arising in the implementation of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines and to evaluate the implementation of these Guidelines within customs administrations, the private sector and relevant stakeholders. The outcomes of survey from public and private sectors would be to allow gaps and technical assistance to be more easily identified and to be used as a pillar for future targeted capacity building.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Project organizers will develop a short pre-workshop survey to gauge interests/knowledge of participants to help shape workshop sessions, and will circulate a post workshop questionnaire to gather input on workshop content and impact on participants’ knowledge and training.

The survey distributed at the end of the workshop will specifically assess the challenges that economies are currently facing and if/how the workshop addressed these issues and to generally gather input on workshop content and impact on participants’ knowledge and training. The assessment will also include the number of specific participants in the workshop.

A survey will also be provided to the trade community in attendance, in order to highlight areas of concern and interest and how they would assess the transparency and communication aspects of this workshop.

Additionally, the project organizers will plan on coordinating through the SCCP a survey a year following the workshop to see how the information was applied and what progress was made in that time period.

One of the main outcomes and indicators of the success of this project will be the level of participation in the workshop and the development of a Best Practices Guidance. This guidance is a compilation of good practices and recommendations related to implementation of APEC Customs Transit Guidelines, based on the experience of all the stakeholders engaged in the activities proposed within the project and it will as a basis for further targeted capacity building in the field of goods in transit in order to achieve the goal of significantly improving supply chain connectivity in the APEC region.

Linkages

In this project, active participation is expected from Customs administrations and the private sector, who will be engaged especially with ABAC, A2C2 and the SCCP. 

This project is in line with the work undertaken by the World Customs Organization (WCO), whose Strategic Plan establishes the promotion of security and facilitation of international trade. Additionally, representatives from the WCO, WTO, and other non-governmental organizations will offer their broad global experiences and expertise through their participation as speakers in the workshop.

The project directly elicits participation from both the private sector and the customs administrations, as well as other government agencies from member economies.  Private sector participants will be engaged especially with an active participation in ABAC and the A2C2.  Additionally, representatives from the FT and other non-governmental organizations will be employed for their broad global experiences and expertise that would be applicable to the various levels of development in the APEC region. 

APEC funding is the best source of funding as it allows subject matter experts from different economies and international organizations to speak to a diverse group of individuals and highlight capacity building for those economies interested in receiving additional expertise that do not have it readily accessible.

Sustainability

Following the end of the workshop, participants will be able to apply the newly acquired knowledge directly in their jobs and bring the expertise and recommendations  home for it to be applied to their respective economies.  Given the benefits that can be obtained through the implementation of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines and, the experts will be better able to work towards implementation, overcoming challengesAfter identifying critical points and their possible solutions or good practices, beneficiaries will work together in the process of the APEC Customs Transit Guidelines implementation, foreign trade and customs. Relevant authorities will be able to work efficiently both in the implementation and identifying issues that might require further technical assistance. Moreover, the guidance and recommendations from this project will help develop a plausible next stage of the SCFAP. Overall, the outcome of this project, through its workshop, will significantly improve the streamlining of customs-related rules and regulations on transit customs matter. 

The Best Practices Guidance  will help gather the experiences and the good practices of the economies that have implemented the guidelines internally and in their private sector. This feedback will be incorporated into subsequent discussion and work in the SCCP on the topic of the Supply Chain Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) and it will be helpful to study the next steps.

Project Overseers

Fabian Villarroel, Head of International Affairs Department, Lawyer, LLM on International Law, professor of Trade Integration at the University of Valparaiso. On behalf of Chile Customs service- in which he has been working for 17 years. He has participated in the negotiations of several FTAs and CMMAs, as well as other transit-related conventions as Istanbul Convention (ATA), WTO agreements, among others. 

Lina Meneses, Lawyer – Legal Advisor of International Affairs Department of Customs Service of Chile. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from the I.S.D.E University of Barcelona, Spain; she has completed courses on international trade matters in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of California, Davis.

She has developed her professional career within Customs since January 2010, working at the Legal Department and the International Affairs Department. She has been participating in the APEC Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures for 3 years.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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