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CCLEC-WCO Caribbean Customs Enforcement Network Seminar
Monday, 03 May 2010 10:42


Photo: On the 1st line from the right to the left: Major Ford (Jamaica), Mrs Giraud (CIFAD), Mr Hilaire (CCLEC PS), Ms Baez (Dominican Republic), Mr Garric (French Customs)

March 2010, CCLEC-WCO Caribbean Customs Enforcement Network Seminar

The annual seminar of the CCLEC- WCO Customs Enforcement Network was co-organized by the CCLEC and the Caribbean Headquarters of the French Customs with funding from the French Embassy to the OECS, the OAS/CICAD, the CIFAD and the French Customs. The meeting which took place from 29-31 March 2010 brought together thirty one (31) participants including three (3) international organizations: Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France (Caribbean HQ, Martinique), Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles (Curacao and St Maarten), the Netherlands), St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadine, the United States (ICE) and WCO.

The meeting was jointly facilitated by Mr Albert Sandy, JIO Operation Manager and Mr Jean-Claude Garric  from the French Customs Caribbean Headquarters.

CCLEC -CICAD-Frecnch Customs Training on Container Controls
Monday, 03 May 2010 10:33


CCLEC in partnership with the French Customs Caribbean Headquarters, the Dominican Republic Customs Departments (DGA) and the Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission (C.I.C.A.D) participated in the planning of an international training on controls of maritime containers. 
This training was held in the WCO Regional Training Centre in Dominican Republic on October 20-23 and welcomed fifteen profiling experts from the Customs Departments of the Caribbean, Central and South America i.e. Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, French West Indies (Guadeloupe and Martinique), Haïti, Panama and the Netherland Antilles (St Maarten).

During the four days, the participants had the opportunity to share best practices through workshops facilitated by French Customs instructors and practical exercises conducted at the Multimodal Port of Caucedo. The final evaluation of the training was positive in particular regarding arrangements made by Mr Yoni Martinez, RTC general coordinator and his staff.

Train the Trainer -Phase 2
Monday, 03 May 2010 00:00

DSC02389The second phase of the CCLEC Train the Trainer programme was held in Saint Lucia from March 22 – 26, 2010. The thirteen persons who completed phase I of the programme with the UWI – Cave Hill campus in August 2009, were brought together for a week long programme with a representative from Canberra University- Centre of Customs & Excise Studies (CCES).

The participants were originally short listed from candidates from member countries of CCLEC who met the qualification requirements of Canberra University.  They included: Frank Holder and Owen Holder - Barbados, Kelly Trott – Bermuda, Dawn Picket – Guyana, Joy Philips – Trinidad & Tobago, Carl Felix – Grenada, Brain Alexander – St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Terence Leonard, Claude Paul & Hinkson Regis – Saint Lucia, Odalis Alberto & Daniel Fermin – Dominican Republic and Paul Hilarie – CCLEC Secretariat.  Mr George Grace from CCES facilitated the programme.

During the week the participants were provided with an overview of the eight modules to be used for the Diploma stage of the CCLEC management Training Initiative. Each participant was required to deliver a presentation in respect of one of the modules. These sessions were very interactive and resulted in suggestions being put forward for adjusting some of the content to reflect a more regional focus.

The programme was considered to be a success in terms of meeting its objective of preparing a core group of regional trainers for the task of delivering the face to face component of the management training programme scheduled to begin in August this year.

Guyana Embraces e-Learning
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 15:47


Guyana is the latest Regional Administration to receive support from CCLEC to implement the WCO e-Learning program.

On the 9th to 11th of February, Guyana held a 2-day training seminar which was facilitated by the CCLEC to introduce and implement e-Learning to its trainers. Present were 26 trainers and supervisors representing a wide cross section of Customs operations. These persons will take the lead to be resource persons in the delivery of various eLearning training sessions and initiatives. The training seminar offered participants the opportunity to get a hands-on feel of the system and also familiarize them with the Tutor and Coordinator roles.

One of the overall objectives of the seminar was to develop a pilot slots plan jeux de casino machine a sous to assist the Training Team in the implementation of the system. The Guyana pilot program is scheduled for the month of March 2010 while full rollout will begin during the 2nd quarter of the year.

CCLEC encourages Customs to take full advantage of the program by using the blended learning approach and no doubt as the region become more automated many of the administrations will embrace this concept of learning
Harmonization of Declaration Forms for Small Yachts
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 15:26

eseaclear2Most Customs departments are responsible for controlling vessels and their crew, on arrival at their national border.  This control is generally called “Clearance”. Customs laws regulate the place of arrival and the procedures necessary for clearance.

Small pleasure crafts plying the region are faced with the tremendous burden of trying to comply with the demands of each country‘s requirements which sometimes cost time and frustration for visitors.

Customs saw the need to standardise and simplify the clearance system to facilitate the movement of vessels among all the islands and as a result the Regional Clearance System (RCS), an internet based system came into being in 2000. The system was conceived with the objectives of increasing facilitation and compliance.

At that time, the expectation was that a standardized paper form would be adopted throughout the region.  This has not been an easy undertaking as some countries have different legal obligations and challenges.



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