Customs Procedures, Trade Facilitation, and Free Trade Agreements, Aug 15

TTg lam viec voi tong cuc HQ 3The Trans-Pacific Partnership FTA, the EU-Vietnam FTA, and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement all contain similar provisions on Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation, which will help reform and modernize customs procedures in Vietnam.  CTRMS Vietnam and Integration Point, together with AmCham Vietnam, will outline upcoming changes in customs procedures and the implementation of new trade agreements.

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The speakers will explain the complexity and magnitude of the changes which will require automated solutions in order for companies to manage their international operations and comply with all importing, exporting, and record-keeping requirements. Technology demonstrations will illustrate global trade management software to manage requirements not only with Vietnam Customs, but with customs authorities in the U.S. and more than 160 other countries. See Background Reading below for preparation.

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New World Hotel Saigon, Aug 15, 1:45 – 6:15 (including post-event networking)


1:45p – 2:00pRegistration of participants
2:00p – 3:30pSession 1
Welcome and Introduction
Topic 1WCO HS Classification, Explanatory Notes, Internat’l Customs Rulings, Record-keeping
• Technology Demo: Classification System and Rules
Topic 2Implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and TPA, EU-VN FTAs
• Technology Demo: Origin Determination, Rules, Certificates of Origin
Topic 3Norm-BOM (Bill of Materials) Management for EPE (Export Processing Enterprises)
• Technology Demo: Timely Norm-BOM Updating and Inventory Reporting for Customs
3:30p – 3:45pCoffee / Tea Break
3:45p – 5:15pSession 2
Topic 4Post-Clearance Inspections (Audits) – Best International Practices
• Technology Demo: Automated Classification, Valuation, Origin Verification Database
Topic 5Achieving Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Status
• Technology Demo: Systems for Internal Controls, Records, Supply Chain Security
Topic 6General Discussion and Q&A
5:15p – 6:15pPost-Event Networking & Individual Q&A

About the speakers:

Nestor Scherbey, Founder and CEO, Customs, Trade & Risk Management Services, Ltd.

Nestor Scherbey founded Customs, Trade & Risk Management Services, Ltd. after a career as a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, pioneer in application of the U.S. Foreign Trade Zones program to the automotive industry with VW of America, and Director, Global Trade Operations for the Amway Corporation. In the course of his career, Nestor was responsible for launches of new markets through U.S. export and destination market import operations in over 40 countries in Asia, Europe, South and Central America and, the Caribbean. As a result of hands on experience in developing new and emerging markets, Nestor has unique experience and skills involving resolution of extraordinary offshore issues, managing challenges involving customs issues, transfer pricing, foreign trade practices and barriers, operational crisis and risk management, management of foreign audits and investigations, and international logistics. Nestor has served with the Customs Committee of the Foreign Chambers of Commerce of Thailand and works with the Customs Working Group of AmCham Vietnam’s Manufacturing Committee.

Tom Barnes, Founder and CEO, Integration Point

Tom Barnes is the CEO of Integration Point, a leading provider of Global Trade Management solutions. Mr. Barnes has led teams across the world in developing and supporting large scale international applications throughout his career. Recognizing the need for integrated trade solutions, Mr. Barnes founded Integration Point with the purpose of creating the premier Global Trade Management platform. Today, Integration Point spans the world, delivers global visibility to the largest multinational corporations, and supports regulatory requirements for 167 countries. Mr. Barnes works daily with trade compliance leaders in developing and executing their global strategy. He has international trade experience spanning every major continent and industry, enabling him to recognize what works and does not work when executing on a Global Trade strategy.


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Background Information (for your preparation and better understanding)

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, Summary and Link to Full Text

U.S. – Korea FTA Chapter on Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation (TPP FTA will be similar)

EU-Singapore FTA Chapter on Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation (EU-VN FTA will be similar)

Trade Facilitation Support Program
Trade Facilitation Support Program (Fact Sheet)
Trade Facilitation Support Program (Press Release)
Trade Facilitation Support Program (Presentation)
World Bank Trade Facilitation Support Program (Web Site)

Strategic Necessity for Customs Reform and Trade Facilitation

TTg lam viec voi tong cuc HQ 3Prime Minister Urges Customs Improvements, July 11, 2014

Finding New Sources of Sustained Growth: Vietnam’s Transport and Logistics, WB Report, Jan 2014 More efficient transport and logistics can play a significant role in increasing productivity. By making supply chains more predictable, better transport and logistics allow manufacturers, transportation carriers, logistics service providers, and trade regulators to minimize avoidable delays, thereby increasing output per unit of time while reducing the cost of doing business. Such competitiveness enhancements can better position Vietnam to benefit  from global demand, to better serve domestic markets, to attract investment, and to generate quality jobs.

Trade facilitation, value creation, and competitiveness : policy implications for Vietnam’s economic growth, WB Report, July 2013, 3 volumes.

This three-volume report explores the role of trade facilitation and logistics in driving export and ultimately national competitiveness. It posits that this area of trade consists of three interrelated pillars: (i) transport infrastructure and logistics services; (ii) regulatory procedures for exports and imports; and (iii) supply chain organization. Transport infrastructure and logistics services relate to the physical aspects of trade flows. Logistics services include a variety of services, the most important of which are transportation, storage and consolidation. This summary is organized into nine sections. After the introduction, section two presents the conceptual framework for this study. The economic context under which trade facilitation is discussed is outlined in section three. It describes Vietnam’s evolving structure of trade and competitiveness. The country’s trade logistics is part of this structure and this is germane to understanding the key issues and solutions proposed. This is followed by discussion of the three pillars of trade facilitation in sections four to six and then section seven presents the institutional framework underpinning these pillars. Section eight then pulls together the diverse roles of government, such as setting policies, acting as regulator, and being the facilitator working in collaboration with key stakeholders. The conclusion, section nine, suggests a set of recommendations.

Published: Aug 4, 2014. Updates: Aug 11, 2014.