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

21 六月 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. The Workshops were organized jointly by the WCO, the IDB and the Customs Administration of Dominican Republic and were attended by 40 officials from 22 Customs administrations in the Region.

The opening of both Workshops were officiated by Gabino Jose Polanco, Technical Director of the Dominican Republic Customs who emphasized the importance of the correct tariff classification of goods and encouraged the participants to take advantage of these high level workshops.

Apart from the two WCO officers who conducted both Workshops, the Workshop in Spanish was co-facilitated by three WCO accredited trainers on HS : Mr.Gabino Jose Polanco, Ms. Shilveth Fernandez from Costa Rica Customs and Ms.Claudia Navarro from Brazil Customs

The Workshops’s main focus was to secure uniformity in the interpretation and application of the HS Nomenclature 2017 Edition by Customs administrations of the Region. Furthermore, the Workshops offered an opportunity to discuss the tools recently developed by the WCO in the context of Phase II of the Revenue Package to support administrations in their efforts to modernize their tariff classification work and related infrastructure and to ensure fair, efficient and effective revenue collection.

All the participating administrations were given an opportunity to report on the progress with regard to the preparatory work to implement the HS 2017 amendments and to describe their situation as regards the organization of classification work. The most common difficulty faced by the Administrations that attended the Workshops was reported to be the technical IT problems arising from the implementation of the changes at the national level.

Like all regional WCO gatherings, the Workshops provided an excellent opportunity for networking and exchange of views on a wide range of practice-oriented topics on tariff classification and management of tariff and statistical nomenclatures, and was highly appreciated by those who attended it.

In his closing address, Mr. Polanco thanked the WCO, the IDB and the Japanese Administration for their assistance for the organization of the Seminars. He encouraged all participants to share the knowledge acquired during the Workshops and, again, emphasized the importance of the correct use and application of the HS