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WCO supports Samoa Customs to improve the collaborative environment among the Cross Border Regulatory Agencies (CBRAs)

16 avril 2018

From 26 March to 4 April 2018, the WCO conducted a Workshop on Coordinated Border Management in the City of Apia, Samoa, hosted by Samoa Customs and supported by Inland Revenue Service.

The main objective of the Workshop was to provide the cross-border regulatory agencies in Samoa with the WCO perspective and tools for the improvement of border management procedures focusing on port operations related to the release and clearance of commodities. The WCO shared some experiences and best practices from other countries that have enhanced the collaborative environment in respective economies.  

The workshop was attended by different authorities of Samoa, such as Immigration Service, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Port and Airport authorities and Samoa Police. The workshop, as highlighted by the participants, was perceived as to be of great added value to the improvement of collaboration and engagement of all stakeholders involved in the cross border environment.

Around 15 officials from cross-border regulatory agencies and other government agencies in Samoa attended to the workshop and worked together on several exercise scenarios in information sharing between agencies.

The WCO experts presented different WCO instruments and tools about trade facilitation to provide guidance to participants in adopting a Coordinated Border Management approach and possibly designing the Single Window Environment to meet the needs and expectations of the private sector. During the workshop, WCO experts outlined the concepts of Coordinated Border Management, Single Window, Risk Management, Business Process Analysis, Data Harmonization, etc. supported by case studies from different countries.

In addition, the participants, with the support of experts, carried out practical exercises to harmonize the data used by different agencies to process customs declarations, permits, certificates etc.

The WCO workshop on Coordinated Border Management proved highly effective for the engagement of the different stakeholders and to identify future challenges for the enhancement of the collaborative environment.

For further information please contact facilitation@wcoomd.org.