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Sep 1
Valuation Training for OECS Customs Officers

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:

  • Trade facilitation and the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement;
  • Transparency and information dissemination;
  • Release prior to valuation determination;
  • Review and appeal mechanisms;
  • Sale for export;
  • Price paid or payable;
  • Commissions, assists, and royalties;
  • Related parties;
  • Value of identical or similar goods;
  • Deductive, computed, and fall back methods; and
  • Burden of proof and litigation management.

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to apply the rules of the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement in their proper context.  Since these rules both confer rights and place obligations on Customs administrations and importers, it is critical that Customs officials develop an in-depth understanding of the rules of the Agreement, its six valuation methods, their requirements, and the complexities involved in interpreting and applying those rules.