SACU region successfully finalizes Preferred Trader Programme (PTP) training packages

04 September 2018

Under the auspices of WCO-SACU Connect Project financed by Sweden, the Southern African Customs Union (SACU)’s Member States convened for a workshop which took place from 13 to 16 August 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to successfully finalize the development of training packages for the SACU Preferred Trader Programme (PTP).

The development of the SACU PTP training modules was facilitated by regional experts from SACU Member States, with inputs and quality assurance provided by the WCO and SACU Secretariats. As a follow-up to a WCO-SACU Connect project mission delivered in December 2017, and resulting from this four-day intensive working session, PTP risk management and audit training modules were successfully finalized and adopted by SACU Member States.

As part of building sustainable national preferred trader programmes, the WCO-SACU Connect Project is actively supporting the region in building tools and enhancing skills that will ensure a common approach in the accreditation programmes. The approach used by the project will enable replication of the regional instruments at national level.

In the following weeks, and as complementary efforts to the present mission, an AEO validation workshop including supply chain management training will be held in Lesotho, with a view to enhancing validation skills applied to SACU PTP programmes. It is envisaged that each Member State will have acquired relevant tools that will assist in building a sustainable preferred trader programme.

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