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  • The Members of the WCO MENA region are ending preparations to implement the 2017 edition of the HS

    The Members of the WCO MENA region are ending preparations to implement the 2017 edition of the HS

    04 January 2017

    A Regional Workshop to assist WCO Members of the WCO Middle East and North Africa Region with the uniform interpretation and application and the timely implementation of the Harmonized System Nomenclature 2017 Edition and the improvement of fair, efficient and effective revenue collection, in addition to advance rulings, sponsored by Japan Cooperation Fund, was held at WCO RTC for the MENA Amman, Jordan, from 11 to 15 December 2016.

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  • WCO mission to Jamaica to support implementation of an advance ruling system

    WCO mission to Jamaica to support implementation of an advance ruling system

    30 November 2016

    A WCO Revenue Package national workshop with the aim of preparing for the implementation of an advance ruling system for tariff classification and origin, as required under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, was held in Kingston, Jamaica, from 21 to 25 November 2016.

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  • WCO National Workshop on the modernization of the Customs Laboratory in Albania

    WCO National Workshop on the modernization of the Customs Laboratory in Albania

    28 November 2016

    With the aid of the German Customs Cooperation Fund, a WCO National Workshop on the modernization of the Customs Laboratory in Albania was held at the Customs Laboratory in Tirana from 23 to 25 November 2016.

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  • Zimbabwe host a Workshop on Customs Laboratories and Test Procedures for the Customs Administrations of Zimbabwe and Sudan

    25 November 2016

    Under the sponsorship of HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs - UK), a WCO Workshop on Customs Laboratories and Test Procedures was held in Zimbabwe (Harare) from 21 to 24 November 2016 and attended by Customs staff from Zimbabwe and Sudan.

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  • WCO supported Customs Administrations in East Africa for sustainable enhancement of classification capacity

    WCO supported Customs Administrations in East Africa for sustainable enhancement of classification capacity

    23 November 2016

    Under the auspices of WCO/JICA Joint Project, which was launched in July 2016 to support trade facilitation in Africa, a workshop on the Harmonized System (HS) for Master Trainers of East Africa was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 7 to 11 November 2016.

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  • Regional Seminar on Customs Laboratory and Chemical Analysis in Japan

    Regional Seminar on Customs Laboratory and Chemical Analysis in Japan

    21 November 2016

    In June 2014, the Central Customs Laboratory (CCL) of Japan became Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL) for the Asia-Pacific Region and since then has undertaken a number of activities.

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  • Peru

    Peru hosts National Workshop on the HS 2017

    17 November 2016

    A National Workshop on the HS 2017 amendments and Tariff Classification was held in Lima, Peru, from 26 to 28 October 2016. The Workshop was organized jointly by the WCO and the Customs Administration of Peru (SUNAT) and was co-facilitated by Mr. Guillermo Quiroz Flores, a newly WCO Accredited HS trainer from Mexico Customs. It was attended by 35 officials from local units and the Headquarters working on tariff classification related areas.

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  • Tanzania host a National Seminar on the classification of chemical products in the HS and a Workshop on the implementation of its Customs Laboratory with support from WCO, Spanish Customs and NORAD

    Tanzania host a National Seminar on the classification of chemical products in the HS and a Workshop on the implementation of its Customs Laboratory with support from WCO, Spanish Customs and NORAD

    04 November 2016

    Under the sponsorship of NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation), a national WCO Seminar on the classification of chemical products in the Harmonized System (HS) was held in Dar es Salaam on 27 and 28 October.

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  • Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro host two WCO National Workshops on the modernization of their Customs Laboratories

    Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro host two WCO National Workshops on the modernization of their Customs Laboratories

    21 October 2016

    Two National Workshops on the modernization of the Customs Laboratories of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, respectively, organized jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Customs Administration of these two Members, with the support of the Customs Cooperation Fund of Germany (CCF Germany), were held from 17 to 20 October.

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  • Workshop on the implementation of the Customs Laboratory in Fiji

    Workshop on the implementation of the Customs Laboratory in Fiji

    08 September 2016

    With the sponsorship of the Japanese Customs Cooperation Fund, a WCO National Workshop on the implementation of the Customs Laboratory in Fiji was held at the WCO Asia Pacific Regional Training Center in Suva, from 29 August to 2 September 2016.

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  • Ukraine hosts a national workshop on the modernization of its customs laboratory

    Ukraine hosts a national workshop on the modernization of its customs laboratory

    06 September 2016

    With sponsorship of the German Customs Cooperation Fund, a WCO National Workshop on the modernization of the Customs Laboratories of Ukraine was held in the Specialized Laboratory on Expertise and Researches of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, in Kiev, from 30 August to 2 September 2016.

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  • Zimbabwe hosts Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 Edition for the WCO’s ESA and WCA Regions

    08 August 2016

    Under the sponsorship of the Chinese Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF-China), a Regional Workshop to assist the English-speaking Members of the WCO’s East and Southern Africa (ESA) and West and Central Africa (WCA) Regions was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 25 to 28 July 2016.

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  • Zimbabwe hosts Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 Edition for the WCO’s ESA and WCA Regions

    08 August 2016

    Under the sponsorship of the Chinese Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF-China), a Regional Workshop to assist the English-speaking Members of the WCO’s East and Southern Africa (ESA) and West and Central Africa (WCA) Regions was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 25 to 28 July 2016.

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  • Uruguay hosts WCO National Seminar on the Harmonized System

    Uruguay hosts WCO National Seminar on the Harmonized System

    26 July 2016

    A WCO National Seminar on the Harmonized System was held in the headquarters of ADAU (Asociación de Despachantes de Aduana de Uruguay) in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 20 to 22 July 2016.

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  • WCO helps French-speaking countries of the WCA and ESA regions implement the HS 2017 edition

    WCO helps French-speaking countries of the WCA and ESA regions implement the HS 2017 edition

    22 July 2016

    With the support of the Japanese Customs Co-operation Fund (CCF), the WCO and the Burkina Faso Customs Administration organized a regional seminar to assist French-speaking Members of the West and Central Africa (WCA) and East and Southern Africa (ESA) regions with timely implementation of the 2017 edition of the Harmonized System (HS).

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  • Peru hosts a national workshop on the modernization of its Customs Laboratory

    Peru hosts a national workshop on the modernization of its Customs Laboratory

    20 July 2016

    A WCO National Workshop on the modernization of the Customs Laboratory of Peru was held in the Laboratory in Lima (Callao), from 12 to 15 July 2016.

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  • Tajikistan hosts its first WCO National Workshop on the Harmonized System

    Tajikistan hosts its first WCO National Workshop on the Harmonized System

    18 July 2016

    In connection with the modernization of the work of Customs, the Administration of Tajikistan hosted its first WCO national workshop on the practical implementation and application of the Harmonized System (HS).

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  • Dominican Republic hosts two Regional Workshops on the HS 2017 for the WCO America and the Caribbean Region

    Dominican Republic hosts two Regional Workshops on the HS 2017 for the WCO America and the Caribbean Region

    21 June 2016

    Under the sponsorship of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through the Japanese Special Fund, two Regional Workshops on the Harmonized System (HS) 2017 amendments for the Administrations of the North, South, Central American and the Caribbean Region were held in the Regional Training Center "Juan Bosh" of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 6 to 10 June (in English) and from 13 to 17 June (in Spanish) respectively.

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  • WCO contributes to the implementation of the 2017 amendments to the Harmonized System into the Common External Tariff (CET) of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)

    10 June 2016

    On 2 and 3 June 2016, the WCO Secretariat facilitated a training workshop for members of the WAEMU CET Management Committee on the 2017 amendments to the Harmonized System (HS).

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  • HS National Workshop in Brazil

    HS National Workshop in Brazil

    25 May 2016

    A WCO national workshop on the Harmonized System (HS), funded by CCF China, was held in Brasilia, Brazil, from 9 to 13 May 2016, at the WCO Regional Training Centre (RTC). The workshop was officially opened by the Deputy General Coordinator of the Customs Administration of Brazil, Mr. Ronaldo Salles Feltrin Correa, who emphasized the importance of the close co-operation between the WCO and Brazilian Customs for the improvement of tariff classification work and the correct application of the HS. The Director of the School of Administration of the Ministry of Finance (ESAF) of Brazil, Ms. Rai Ferreira de Almeida, was also present at the opening ceremony and stressed the importance of the partnership between the WCO, Brazilian Customs (Receita Federal do Brasil) and the ESAF to strengthen capacity building activities with a view to improving the performance of the institutions committed to economic and social development.

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  • The countries of the WCO MENA region are preparing for the implementation of the 2017 edition of the HS

    24 May 2016

    The WCO, with the support from the Qatari General Authority of Customs, conducted a regional workshop to assist Members of the WCO North of Africa, Near and Middle East (MENA) Region with the uniform interpretation, application and timely implementation of the Harmonized System Nomenclature 2017 Edition, and improvement of fair, efficient and effective revenue collection, in Doha, Qatar, from 9 to 12 May 2016.

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  • Azerbaijan hosts Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 for the WCO Europe Region

    Azerbaijan hosts Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 for the WCO Europe Region

    23 May 2016

    Under the sponsorship of the Customs Co-operation Fund/Korea, a Regional Workshop on the Harmonized System (HS) 2017 amendments for administrations of the Europe Region was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 25 to 28 April 2016.

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  • Oman becomes the 154th Contracting Party to the Harmonized System Convention

    Oman becomes the 154th Contracting Party to the Harmonized System Convention

    18 May 2016

    On 12 May 2016, Oman deposited with the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization its instrument of accession to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonized System).

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  • National Workshop on the Harmonized System in Guatemala

    National Workshop on the Harmonized System in Guatemala

    17 May 2016

    Under the sponsorship of CCF Japan, a national Workshop on the Harmonized System (HS), organized jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the "Superintendencia de Administración Tributaria - SAT", was held in Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala), from 10 to 12 May 2016.

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  • Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 amendments for the WCO Asia Pacific Region

    Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 amendments for the WCO Asia Pacific Region

    27 April 2016

    The first Regional Workshop to assist WCO Members of the WCO Asia Pacific Region with the uniform interpretation and application and the timely implementation of the Harmonized System Nomenclature 2017 Edition and the improvement of fair, efficient and effective revenue collection, funded by Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan), was held at the WCO Asia Pacific Regional Training Centre in Kashiwa, Japan, with the coordination of the Asia Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P), from 18 to 22 April 2016.

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  • Serbia hosts two WCO National Seminars on the modernization of its Customs Laboratory and on the Harmonized System

    Serbia hosts two WCO National Seminars on the modernization of its Customs Laboratory and on the Harmonized System

    18 April 2016

    Two National Seminars on the modernization of the Serbian Customs Laboratory and on the Harmonized System (HS) and the Tariff Management, organized jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Serbian Customs Administration, with the support of the Cooperation Fund of Germany (CCF Germany), were held at the Serbian Customs Headquarters, from 5 to 8 and from 11 to 15 April respectively.

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  • Workshop in Lesotho to support implementation of an advance ruling system for tariff classification and origin

    Workshop in Lesotho to support implementation of an advance ruling system for tariff classification and origin

    16 July 2015

    The Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) hosted a WCO Revenue Package national Workshop from 6 to 10 July 2015 in Maseru with the aim of continuing preparations for the implementation of an advance ruling system for classification and origin, as required under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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  • WCO assists Ghana Revenue Authority to take over classification work from private inspection companies

    WCO assists Ghana Revenue Authority to take over classification work from private inspection companies

    23 June 2015

    With sponsorship from the Japanese Customs Cooperation Fund, a WCO Revenue Package National Workshop for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on the setting up of an HS unit to take over classification work from private inspection companies was held in Accra, Ghana, from 15 to 19 June 2015.

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  • Sierra Leone and Djibouti become the 152nd and 153rd Contracting Parties to the Harmonized System Convention

    Sierra Leone and Djibouti become the 152nd and 153rd Contracting Parties to the Harmonized System Convention

    16 June 2015

    On 12 June 2015, Sierra Leone and Djibouti deposited with the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization their instruments of accession to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonized System).

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  • First WCO Accreditation Workshop for Spanish speaking expert trainers on the Harmonized System hosted by the Dominican Republic

    First WCO Accreditation Workshop for Spanish speaking expert trainers on the Harmonized System hosted by the Dominican Republic

    11 June 2015

    The WCO conducted the first accreditation workshop on the Harmonized System for Spanish-speaking Customs officers in the Americas and the Caribbean region, from 1 to 5 June 2015.

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  • WCO National Workshop on the HS Tariff Classification in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

    WCO National Workshop on the HS Tariff Classification in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

    12 May 2015

    With sponsorship of the German Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Germany), a WCO National Workshop on the Tariff Classification of Dairy Products, Food Supplements and Multi-functional High-tech Devices was held in the headquarters of the Customs Administration of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Skopje, from 4 to 8 May 2015.

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  • Zimbabwe hosts WCO ESA Regional Workshop on the Harmonized System

    Zimbabwe hosts WCO ESA Regional Workshop on the Harmonized System

    30 April 2015

    A WCO ESA Regional Workshop on Harmonized System Infrastructure Support / Train-the-Trainer approach was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 20 to 24 April 2015.

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  • The MENA Region prepares for implementation of the HS Nomenclature 2017 Edition

    The MENA Region prepares for implementation of the HS Nomenclature 2017 Edition

    27 April 2015

    A Regional Seminar on preparations for implementation of the Harmonized System (HS) Nomenclature 2017 Edition was held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 19 to 22 April 2015.

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  • Workshop on the implementation of the Customs Laboratory in Cambodia

    Workshop on the implementation of the Customs Laboratory in Cambodia

    30 March 2015

    With sponsorship of the Japanese Customs Cooperation Fund, a WCO National Workshop on the implementation of the Customs Laboratory of Cambodia was held in the headquarters of the Cambodian General Department of Customs and Excise, in Phnom Penh, from 23 to 27 March 2015.

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  • 55th Session Harmonized System Committee Concludes

    55th Session Harmonized System Committee Concludes

    23 March 2015

    The WCO Harmonized System Committee (HSC) held its 55th Session from 11 to 20 March 2015 at the WCO headquarters in Brussels, where around 125 delegates representing 59 Contracting Parties to the HS Convention, WCO Member administrations and international organization attended.

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  • Séminaire régional au Japon consacré aux laboratoires des douanes et aux analyses chimiques

    Regional Seminar on Customs Laboratory and Chemical Analysis in Japan

    17 November 2014

    26 high-level Customs laboratory staff from 23 countries in the Asia/Pacific region participated in a WCO Regional Seminar on Customs Laboratory and Chemical Analysis from 12 to 14 November 2014 at the Central Customs Laboratory (CCL) in Kashiwa, Japan. The seminar was organized by ROC Bangkok in cooperation with Japan Customs.

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  • WCO participate in EU-China Trade Project workshop on Harmonized System classification and Advance Rulings

    WCO participate in EU-China Trade Project workshop on Harmonized System classification and Advance Rulings

    07 August 2014

    A Harmonized System classification and Advance Rulings workshop was recently arranged for the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) under the EU-China Trade Project II (EUCTP II), funded by the European Union.

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  • Accreditation workshop for Arabic-speaking Expert Trainers in the Harmonized System

    Accreditation workshop for Arabic-speaking Expert Trainers in the Harmonized System

    26 May 2014

    The WCO, reinforcing its efforts to provide high-quality training and technical assistance on the Harmonized System, conducted an accreditation workshop for Arabic-speaking Expert trainers in the Harmonized System from the MENA region (Middle East and North African region).

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  • Seychelles is getting ready to adopt WCO standards on the Harmonized System

    Seychelles is getting ready to adopt WCO standards on the Harmonized System

    12 July 2013

    Under a project financed by the United Kingdom Customs Co-operation Fund, a National Workshop was held in Victoria (Seychelles) from 2 to 4 July 2013 aimed at (i) presenting the Harmonized System (HS) Convention to senior management from the Directorate General and Customs centres with responsibility for tariff classification and (ii) presenting two WCO Recommendations on the improvement of tariff classification work and related infrastructure and on the introduction of programmes for binding pre-entry classification information, in response to the questions raised in the diagnostic tool developed by the WCO.

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  • Brazil hosts WCO National Seminar on the Harmonized System

    Brazil hosts WCO National Seminar on the Harmonized System

    18 June 2013

    A WCO National Seminar on the Harmonized System was held in the Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Brasília, Brazil, from 3 to 7 June 2013. It was attended by 24 Customs officers from all over the country. The Undersecretary of Customs and International Relations of the Secretariat of the Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB), Ernani Checcucci, highlihted the ongoing support of the WCO to meet the demands of Brazil in its capacity building initiatives and thanked the representative from the WCO Secretariat’s Directorate of Tariff and Trade Affairs for facilitating the high level discussions on tariff classification issues.

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  • Second WCO National Workshop on the Harmonized System in the Comoros

    Comoros hosts a second WCO National Workshop on the Harmonized System

    05 March 2013

    Within the framework of the Institutional Capacity Building Project financed by the African Development Fund, a second National Workshop was held in Moroni from 14 to 25 February 2013 aimed at providing (i) legal training for senior management from the Directorate General and from Customs centres responsible for setting up a tariff unit and for coordinating classification work and (ii) technical training designed with the following objectives in mind

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  • WCO National Workshop on the Harmonized System in Sierra Leone

    Sierra Leone Hosts WCO Workshop on the Harmonized System

    09 December 2012

    A leading exporter of minerals, Sierra Leone is one of over 200 countries who use the Harmonized System (HS) Convention as a basis for their Customs tariffs.

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  • National Workshop in Côte d'Ivoire

    National Workshop in Côte d’Ivoire

    27 March 2013

    Within the framework of the Trade Support and Regional Integration Programme (PACIR) financed by the European Union, the WCO led a National Workshop to build the capacities of the Côte d’Ivoire Customs Administration in the area of pre- and post-clearance controls on tariff classification.

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  • National Multipurpose Workshop on the Harmonized System

    21 November 2012

    Tariff classification of commodities has traditionally been one of the core areas of Customs work and has been high on the agenda of national administrations as well as the WCO.

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  • National Workshop in São Tomé and Principe

    The objectives of the National Workshop held in São Tomé from 8 to 12 October 2012 were to give HS experts at the São Tomé and Principe Customs administration the capabilities, for the future, to organize and manage the Harmonized System in the long term, and also to enable the Administration to accede to the Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.

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  • National Seminar in the Central African Republic

    The national seminar held in Bangui from 6 to 11 May 2012 was devoted largely to the presentation of the HS 2012 amendments, but also to the presentation of two Recommendations related to the HS on classification work infrastructure and the programme of binding pre-entry classification information.

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  • National Seminar in Madagascar

    A National Seminar on the amendments made to the 2012 version of the Harmonized System Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) was held in Antananarivo Madagascar from 16 to 20 April 2012.

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  • National Workshop in Bhutan

    07 November 2012

    A National Workshop on the Amendments to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) 2012 and Trade in Chemicals was held in Bhutan from 27 February to 2 March 2012.

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  • Regional Workshop in Korea

    From 3-6 November 2009 a Green Customs Forum and Workshop for the WCO Asia Pacific region took place in Jeju (Republic of Korea).

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  • Regional Seminar in Azerbaijan

    Regional Seminar on the HS basic interpretation rules was held from 12 to 16 April 2010 in the WCO Regional Training Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. Some 30 participants representing 16 customs administrations of the WCO Europe region used that opportunity in order to exchange the best practices related to the administering and applying the HS based tariff nomenclature, tariff classification, risk management in the HS area and other HS related customs matters.

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