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Regional Governments Endorse Customs Management Program (CMP)
Monday, 30 August 2010 11:42

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The Customs Management Program commenced on Monday 23 August 2010 with overwhelming support from the majority of regional governments.  During the past two months the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) has engaged in a road show throughout the region to promote the long awaited program which is designed to enhance the level of professionalism and effectiveness within the Customs services of the region.

The development of the CMP is a major milestone for the region.  The timeliness of such a program for Customs could not be more appropriate in light of the implementation of new trade agreements.  A recent study to assess the specific needs of CARIFORUM countries implementing their Customs and trade facilitation commitments in the  CARIFORUM - European Community Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) concluded that

“there is a very wide divergence in the levels of training given to Customs officers, ranging from no formal training to 15 months of formal training. This clearly has an impact on the efficiency of Customs. Any modernization programme needs to address training, as the impact of new IT systems will be lessened if Customs officers are not trained to a high standard in all customs functions and procedures based on international best practices”

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Grenada Customs & Excise Division Launches ASYCUDA World Project
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:30

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 From left -right Christopher De. Riggs - Chairman, GDTAC Sterring Committee, Hon. V. Nazim Burke - Min. of Fin., Carlyle Felix - COC

On Wednesday June 30th Grenada launched the ASYCUDA World project. The implementation of ASYCUDA World in Grenada is a sub-project of the Grenada Technical Assistance Credit Project (GDTAC) which is jointly funded by the International Development Association (IDA) and the European Union (EU).  The GDTAC which started in 2009 is aimed at improving the environment for private sector led growth, through the modernization of key public sector institutions (namely Grenada Bureau of Standards, the Inland Revenue Division, the Grenada Industrial Development Corporation and the Customs & Excise Division) and the implementation of an export strategy.

ASYCUDA World will allow Customs and the private sector to conduct most transactions, from Customs Declarations to Cargo Manifest and Transit documents via the internet.  This will improve the ease of doing business with the Division and reduce the time taken to clear goods.

The installation and implementation is expected to be completed within 18-24 months.

 
Valuation Training for OECS Customs Officers
Tuesday, 25 May 2010 09:44

The CCLEC in collaboration with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), organized a one-week Valuation training at the basic level for regional Customs officers involved in valuation work.  The training which took place during the week of May 17th in St Lucia brought together twenty two officers from the OECS countries and two officers from CBSA who facilitated the training.

Since the entry into force of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Customs Valuation Agreement, few countries have been in a position to fully implement its obligations.

The aim of the program was to facilitate, support, and assist Caribbean economies in their implementation and administration of an effective and efficient valuation program that is consistent with their needs and obligations under the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement.  This course provided training in the application of this Agreement, as it relates to the following issues:

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CCLEC launches Customs Management Program in collaboration with CCES, University of Canberra
Tuesday, 25 May 2010 09:08

The main objective of the CCLEC higher learning management program is to develop capacity within Customs which will assist in the implementation of modernization programs.  Customs officers are now required to function at a higher standard than what used to be acceptable in the past and therefore it is critical for any modernization program to address training.

In a world of change, functions and procedures cannot be carried out effectively without sound knowledge of global standards and this program will be the first to assist the region in meeting the challenges of operating in a modern Customs environment.  Please click on the picture for more information.

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XXXII Annual Conference Communiqué
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 07:43

On May 4 to 6, 2010, the XXXII Annual Conference of the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The host of the XXXII CCLEC Conference, the Dirección General de Aduanas (DGA) of the Dominican Republic, provided an excellent venue for the Conference that was attended by delegates from twenty seven CCLEC member administrations, representatives of the World Customs Organization (WCO), CARIFORUM, the UN Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, and a number of important private sector partners for the Caribbean Region.

The Annual Conference began with a welcome from the host, Sr. Rafael Camilo, Director General of DGA Dominican Republic, followed by an address by Mr. Jean-François Dutheil, Director, International Affairs Department of French Customs, and a keynote address by Mr. Pierre Bertrand, Acting Deputy Director, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO.

Participants were especially pleased to welcome Ambassador Willys Ramirez Diaz, Assistant Secretary General of CARIFORUM, who provided a very pertinent address regarding the role of Customs in facilitating trade within the Caribbean region.

 

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In its quest for modernization via new technology, the Customs and Excise Division is getting ready to launch its new automated system, ASYCUDA World. Over the past few months intense training an...

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