Sharing Customs Expertise with
ASEAN Counterparts

To promote the sharing of customs knowledge, Singapore Customs and Japan Customs recently conducted two courses for customs and trade officials from Southeast Asian countries at the Singapore Customs Academy.

The courses on national single window and trade facilitation included interactive classroom lectures, site visits and case study discussions. Held in February and March, they were organised under the ambit of the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century (JSPP21) and co-sponsored by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

NATIONAL SINGLE WINDOW COURSE FOR ASEAN CUSTOMS

The inaugural National Single Window for ASEAN Customs Administrations course was held from 25 February to 1 March. Over 20 customs officials from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines learnt about Singapore's experience in developing and implementing its National Single Window
system, TradeNet.

Singapore Customs pioneered the world's first electronic national single window system in 1989. With TradeNet, traders need to submit their trade permits to the system only once and the permit is then processed by multiple government agencies within minutes.

Japan Customs also shared their experience in developing Japan's national single window – the Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System (NACCS) which was implemented in 2003.

For the participants, whose countries are at different stages of national single window adoption, the course was informative and relevant. For example, a visit to a licensed warehouse which had integrated its warehousing inventory system with TradeNet illustrated the possibilities and benefits of adopting and integrating data with infocomm technology.

TRADE FACILITATION FOR MYANMAR

Singapore Customs, together with Japan Customs, conducted courses on national single window for ASEAN customs officials (top photo) and trade facilitation for 30 Myanmar customs and trade officials (above).

The Singapore Customs Academy and Japan Customs also designed and delivered a trade facilitation course to meet the needs of Myanmar officials.

More than 30 customs and trade officials from Myanmar attended the programme from 18 to 22 March. During the five-day course, Singapore Customs shared its experience in the adoption of infocomm technology and modernised procedures and formalities to facilitate legitimate trade.

In addition, experts from Japan Customs highlighted the importance of classification in customs modernisation and the implementation of the HS Convention in Japan. The course was useful to the officials, especially at a time when Myanmar is undergoing rapid development.

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