08.00-09.30 Registration (Auditorium Lobby)

Welcoming Remarks

  • Mr. Alejandro Chacon, Customs General Administrator of Mexico
  • Dr. Rashid Abella, Director General of Tecnologico de Monterrey at Puebla
  • Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization
Session 1: The WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA): Implications for Customs

High-level Panel Session

Session Moderation by: Mr. Francisco Aguilera, Vice President for Trading Americas and Group Shipping for CEMEX

  • Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization
  • Dr. Francisco de Rosenzweig, Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Trade
  • Dr. Eduardo Solis, President of the Mexican Association of Car Industry
  • Academia Representative (TBC)
12.00 - 13.30 Lunch break (Terrace Library)

Presentation of research papers

  • Mr. Tadashi Yasui, Japan Customs: "Revenue Impacts of Implementing WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement"
  • Dr. Cezary Sowinski, DHL Express: "WCO Immediate release guidelines – State of application in the eve of the TFA adoption"
  • Ms. Jisoo YI, Canberra University, Australia: "Facilitating Trade under Free Trade Agreements"
15.30-16.00 Coffee break (Auditorium Lobby)

Panel and discussions on TFA and Customs

  • Mr. Murendere Chaponda, Malawi Revenue Authority: "Trade facilitation deterring factors in Malawi: is TFA a solution?"
  • Mr. Jose Ossio, World Bank: "One one coco full basket: Bali Agreement and Caribbean Customs" Plenary Discussion

Cocktail reception, offered by the WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya

Venue: Technology Park Lobby of the University Tecnologico de Monterrey


Working Session: Linkages between Coordinated Border Management and the Trade Facilitation Agreement

Session Moderation by: Mr. Luis Fernando Perez Azcarraga, Central Administrator for Customs Planning and Strategic Coordination

Case study: Ms. Patricia Kuzmenko Furlan, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil: "Proposition of critical aspects framework for the Brazilian border management"

10.30-11.00 Coffee break (Auditorium Lobby)
Session 2: Customs Role in Securing Supply Chain and Preventing Illegal Trades

Introduction and Session Moderation by: Mrs. Ana Hinojosa, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Presentations of research papers:

  • Ms. Mariya Polner, WCO: "Role of Customs in fighting against illegal trade: mission impossible?"
  • Dr. Juha Hintsa, Cross-Border Research Association, Switzerland: "Negative socio-economic impacts of common illicit freight logistics import flows" (FP7 CORE)
  • Mr. Charles A. von Denkowski, University of Vechta, Germany: "North Korea's Border Insecurity: A challenge for Customs"

Panel Discussion with the presenters and in plenary

Introduction to afternoon workshops

13.00-14.30 Lunch break (Terrace Library)


(participants shall indicate their selection during Day 1 registration) A) English Assessment Center B) Executive Dining Room C) Hall 1-213 D) Hall 1-313

Workshop 1: Innovation in Tools & Training

Dr. Oscar Vicente, CBSA-University of Windsor, Canada: "Review of Body-worn and dash-mounted cameras" Mr. Lee Wakefield, Sentir Global, USA: "Non-verbal behaviour Customs training increases security and decreases black market activity"

Workshop 2: IPR issues

Mr. Agung Budilaksono, Min. Fin. Indonesia: "Parallel Imports in the harmonization of Customs Policies" Dr. Elena Yuryeva, Russia Customs Academy: "Activities of Customs Authorities to combat smuggling of counterfeited goods"

Workshop 3: Cross-border crimes:

Dr. Anees Cherkunnath, India Revenue Service: "Incidence of wild-life trafficking in India and utility of "fauna detector dog" for prevention" Mr. Prasad Wickramanatne, Sri Lanka Customs: "Gold Smuggling in SAARC countries – a potential Global Risk Model"

Workshop 4: Revenue and Economic Growth impact:

Mr. Kumara, Sri Lanka Customs: "Illegal trading Activities, an analysis from Sri Lanka" Ms. Eukeria Mashiri, Midlands University, Zimbabwe: "Illicit trade and economic growth: the role of Customs"


Gala Dinner

Venue: Puebla Convention Centre William O. Jenkins

Boulevard Héroes del 5 de mayo, No. 402, Paseo de San Francisco, Col. Centro Histórico.

09.00-10.00 Report back from the Day 2 Workshops
Session 3: The Digital Dilemma in Customs

Introduction and Session Moderation by: Mr. Garry Collins, New Zealand Customs Service

Presentations of research papers:

  • Dr. Dennis Ndonga, Murdoch University, Australia: "Source-based Taxation of e-Commerce Income: Issues for Debate"
  • Ms. Marisa Marcela Virzi, AFIP, Argentina: "The single agency as the answer to the challenge posed by the e-commerce"

Panel Discussion with the presenters and in plenary


Customs Professionalism & WCO PICARD Professional Standards

  • WCO updates on Cooperation WCO-Academia and Customs Learning and Development initiatives, Ms. Bénédicte Meille, WCO Secretariat

Latest initiatives in Customs Research & Education

  • WCO Secretariat Research activities, Mr. Robert Ireland, WCO Secretariat
  • WCO Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) of the Americas and Caribbean Region
  • INCU Update and the Role of INCU in International Trade Facilitation, Dr. Mikhail Kashubsky, INCU Secretary
  • Updates by Members of the PICARD Advisory Group
13.15-13.30 Closing remarks and Conference closure
13.30-14.30 Lunch break (For participant´s choice)

Youth Forum:

Initiative from the University Tecnológico de Monterrey [outside from the PICARD Conference]

Interactive Exchange Platform with student