WCO Compliance and Enforcement tools outlined during a Regional Workshop in the Asia/Pacific Region

04 July 2016

A WCO Regional Workshop on the Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) was conducted at the India National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotics (NACEN) in Faridabad from 20 to 24 June 2016. Supported by the Asia Pacific Regional Intelligence Liaison Office, this Workshop was organized in cooperation with the Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P) with the sponsorship of the Japanese Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF). It aimed to assist the participating Members in implementing and enhancing modern compliance and enforcement procedures through the existing WCO tools and instruments. Twenty eight representatives from 24 Customs administrations in the Region attended this seminar.

The training started with a detailed overview of the CEP and was followed by plenary discussions and practical exercises to identify the high-risk areas for Customs enforcement including exchanges of views on the challenges, opportunities and experiences. WCO tools and networks that support compliance and enforcement activities such as the CEN suit of tools, the WCO Cargo Targeting System (CTS), the Iris application and the WCO Information and Intelligence Centre (I2C) were presented and explained. This session was followed by an outline of the four main components of the enforcement cycle such as the intelligence, the risk analysis, the controls and the investigations.

Participants could review the recently developed WCO Intelligence Curriculum as well as the information on Risk Management practices and the WCO RM Compendium. The training concluded with a session fully dedicated to criminal investigations, which covered important knowledge and skills that all investigators should be exposed to, such as witness and suspect interviewing techniques, case development, evidence handling, criminal procedures, awareness of legal framework and the importance of Customs/Police cooperation at the national level in order to achieve meaningful results in the pursuit of public safety, effective revenue collection, and overall integrity in the collaborative enforcement process.