News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

June 2019

Commentary: Improving Facilitation through the Use of Electronic Seals

Replacing mechanical seals with electronic sealing devices has enabled Indian Customs to reduce the risk of fraud and security threats while extending higher levels of facilitation to traders. The electronic seals have allowed India to improve its ranking in World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2019, particularly in the category "trading across borders."

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Tags: ADB, Authorized Economic Operators, Bangladesh, Customs, Electronic Cargo Tracking System, India, Nepal, Regional Cooperation, WCO

January 2018

WCO Encourages Customs Administrations to Promote Secure Business Environments

In a message to commemorate International Customs Day 2018, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization (WCO), examines what it means to truly promote a secure business environment through Customs to foster participation in cross-border trade. He urges WCO and its members to contribute to building business environments that are enabling, safe, and fair and sustainable.

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Tags: Customs, WCO, Small and Medium Enterprises, Trade Facilitation Agreement, WTO

December 2017

Myanmar Launches Authorized Economic Operators Program

Myanmar Customs Department met with import and export companies, freight forwarders, and government departments to raise public awareness for its Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program, initiated in line with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Trade in Goods Agreement, the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement, and World Customs Organization international standards.

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Tags: ASEAN, Customs, Myanmar, Trade Facilitation Agreement, WCO, WTO, Authorized Economic Operators

March 2016

Integrated Declaration to Streamline Processing of Import Clearances at Indian Customs

India's Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) is implementing an 'Integrated Declaration,' under its Single Window Project to facilitate more efficient processing of Customs clearance for imports and exports, and promote ease of doing business in the country. The electronic Integrated Declaration offers a single point where import traders can lodge information required by Customs and the Partner Government Agencies, replacing 9 separate forms previously required.

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Tags: India, Trade Facilitation, ICT, WCO

May 2015

WCO Secretary General and WTO Director General Attend ADB Forum

World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya and World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevêdo spoke at the Asian Development Bank Beyond Tariffs Forum in Manila on 21 May 2015. Director General Azevêdo outlined the origins of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation while Secretary General Mikuriya spoke about WCO’s collaborative approach with the WTO in TFA implementation.

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Tags: WCO, WTO, Trade Facilitation

March 2015

WCO Holds First Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation

The world's first regional workshop on the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA) was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 16 to 18 March 2015. The three-day workshop discussed strategic initiatives that focused on three main agendas: (i) WTO TFA implementation; (ii) the World Customs Organization's Mercator Programme; and (iii) Customs cooperation among government age

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Tags: WCO, WTO, Trade Facilitation, ADB

January 2015

Nepali-language Version of Revised Kyoto Convention Published

Nepal is currently in an advanced stage of acceding to the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) through submission of its Instrument of Accession to the World Customs Organization. In support of Nepal’s accession and future implementation of the provisions of the RKC, a Nepali-language translation has been published under the ADB-financed SASEC Trade Facilitation Program and launched during the 63rd International Customs Day on 26 January 2015.

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Tags: Nepal, WCO, Customs

September 2014

Bhutan’s Accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention

The Kingdom of Bhutan acceded to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (Revised Kyoto Convention [RKC]) on 15 September 2014. It is the ninety-sixth contracting party to the RKC. Bhutan's accession will enter into full force on 15 December 2014.

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Tags: Bhutan, Customs, WCO

July 2014

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility Support LDCs and Developing Countries

A Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility was launched by the WTO on 22 July 2014, further ensuring that least developed countries and developing countries will receive necessary assistance in implementing the trade facilitation agreement.

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Tags: WTO, Trade Facilitation, Poverty Reduction, ADB, SASEC, Trade Facilitation Agreement, LDC, WCO, UNESCAP

May 2014

Launch of $1.5 Million Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction Technical Assistance for Trade Facilitation in Nepal

Mr. Madhu Kumar Marasini, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance represented the Government of Nepal at the official launch of activities under a $1.5 million technical assistance project financed by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, on 21 May 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The capacity development technical assistance will support trade facilitation initiatives being carried out under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Trade Facilitation Program.

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Tags: Trade Facilitation, Nepal, SASEC, ADB, WCO, Poverty Reduction, Customs