Strengthening Regional Ties through Learning and Cooperation


Singapore Customs frequently engages its counterparts to keep abreast of the latest developments and exchange experiences. In addition to hosting foreign administrations, Singapore Customs recently visited Thailand and Guangzhou Customs to learn
about their procedures and discuss the newly-signed China-Singapore supply chain security arrangement.

The Singapore Customs delegation, led by Director-General Fong Yong Kian (second from left), visited Laem Chabang Port in Thailand, where they were briefed on port operations.

GAINING INSIGHTS FROM THAILAND CUSTOMS

From 21 to 22 August 2012, a Singapore Customs delegation, led by Director- General of Customs Fong Yong Kian, visited the Thailand Customs Department. They were warmly received by Thailand Customs Director-General Somchai Poolsavasdi, Principal Adviser Chawewan Kongcharoenkitkul and other
senior officials.

The delegation visited Western Digital (Thailand) to learn about an electronic tracking system the company developed with Thailand Customs to facilitate and track the movement of vehicles between various zones in Bangkok, including to and from the airport. The tracking system uses radio-frequency identification (RFID), global positioning system (GPS) and general packet radio service (GPRS) technologies.

Singapore Customs officers also observed customs operations at the Suvarnabhumi Airport and Laem Chabang Port.

Deputy Director-General Lai Shujia (left) of Guangzhou Customs District of China hosted Singapore Customs Director-General Fong Yong Kian and officials from
23 to 24 August 2012.

DISCUSSING SINGAPORE-CHINA MRA PILOT WITH GUANGZHOU CUSTOMS

In June 2012, Singapore Customs and General Administration of China Customs signed a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programmes to enhance supply chain security. Under the MRA, certified AEO companies in both countries are mutually recognised and can enjoy greater customs facilitation on both sides.

To test out and fine-tune the MRA implementation procedures, Singapore Customs and Guangzhou Customs started a pilot on 1 September 2012, before the MRA is fully operationalised in the
rest of China.

Director-General of Customs, Mr Fong, and the Singapore Customs delegation visited the Guangzhou Customs District of China on 23 and 24 August 2012, ahead of the pilot. They were warmly received by Deputy Director-General Lai Shujia of Guangzhou Customs.

Both sides discussed how AA-rated companies under China Customs' Measure of Classified Management to Enterprise (MCME) programme would enjoy greater benefits if they were importing goods from a Singapore exporter under Singapore Custom's Secure Trade Partnership Plus (STP-Plus) programme.

The Singapore Customs delegation also visited Guangzhou's Baiyun International Airport and FedEx's Asia Pacific Hub at the airport where they were briefed on customs procedures put in place to facilitate trade.

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