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Friday, August 16, 2019

APEC delegates and public-private stakeholders participate in workshop on Customs Authorized Economic Operators

Three panels of Chilean and international experts addressed foreign trade challenges for Forum economies and especially for SMEs.

Puerto Varas, 08/16/2019.- The intense schedule of activities led by the National Customs Service continues in the context of the Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, which is being held August 15-30 in the Los Lagos Region.

The workshop “Integrating SMEs in AEO Programs in the Asia-Pacific Region: Improving SME Participation in APEC’s Secure Trade” was held on Friday as part of the activities prior to the work that will be done by the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP).

Three panels of Chilean and international experts provided information on how AEO programs work around the world, especially in the APEC region. They presented information and experiences that show how this customs tool has become a key instrument for making the logistics chain and cross-border trade more secure.

Strong emphasis was placed on the way in which SMEs could be more effectively and more fully incorporated into APEC economies in the implementation of these trade facilitation programs.

The welcome remarks at the AEO workshop were offered by National Customs Director José Ignacio Palma, who noted “the integration that exists among the different APEC economies and clearly programs of this kind allow for integration among institutions within the country and at the international level to be deepened. That is the great challenge for Chilean customs. The goal of our current work is to explore the various benefits and involve all of the stakeholders in the logistics chain.”

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) consultant María Elena Sierra introduced each of the panels and provided context for them. The first was moderated by expert Rodrigo Contreras, also of the IDB. The moderators of the following two panels were Vinka Cisternas, of New Zealand Customs, and Juan Pimentel, the Director of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.

Attendees included delegates of the economies that are participating in the APEC Chile 2019 SCCP and members of the Public-Private Customs Council (PPCC) and the Los Lagos Region Foreign Trade Bureau (COMEX), as well as directors and officials from the Talcahuano, Osorno, Puerto Montt, Coyhaique, Puerto Aysén and Punta Arenas Customs Services.

The National Customs Service and representatives of APEC economies’ customs services have been working on key topics for the development of foreign trade and liberalization of international trade since February. These include tools for implementing the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and contributions to the “Integration 4.0” initiative proposed by Chile as a priority for APEC Chile 2019. The latter is framed by the fact that economic integration challenges require that efforts be focused on actions linked to logistics aspects and not solely on reducing tariffs on goods.

This type of topic is a priority for the work of the government, Treasury Ministry and the projects that the Treasury Ministry leads, such as the Integrated System of Foreign Trade (SICEX) single window system and the exportation of services.

The 21 economies that form part of the 2019 APEC Forum represent 40% of the world’s population, 60% of global GDP and 50% of total foreign trade. The 21 members of APEC are Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; South Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States; and Viet Nam.

Source: Aduanas de Chile

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