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Thursday, February 28, 2019

National Director inaugurates Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures

As part of APEC Chile 2019 and in his first official activity, José Ignacio Palma presented an ambitious work agenda.

Santiago, February 26, 2019. The Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP), headed by Chile’s National Customs Service, began its work this morning as part of the First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) and related meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) being hosted by Chile from February 23 to March 8.


The National Customs Service Director, José Ignacio Palma, welcomed the delegates from the 15 economies that will be participating in this 3-day meeting.


During his address, the Director highlighted the main topics on the agenda of Chile, as head of the Sub-Committee, which include trade facilitation, protection of and compliance with the rules on Intellectual Property Rights, the incorporation of SMEs into international trade and the role that Customs - through their Authorized Economic Operators Programs and other customs regulations - play in this process, responsive and efficient customs cooperation through the emergence of new methods to achieve effective mutual cooperation and assistance, and achieving a joint regional outlook on the implementation of preferential Rules of Origin in Free Trade and Integration Agreements.


José Ignacio Palma welcomed the members of the Sub-Committee and thanked them for attending the meeting. He explained that this was his first activity as Director of the Service. “I come from Arica, a long way off, in the far north of Chile, and my experience as a public servant working away from Chile’s capital of Santiago has made me realize how important it is for us, as regulators at the central level, to work closely with SMEs and with the general public. This is even more the case in our commitment to our work here and all that is involved in the decentralization of decisions. In this process, customs services play a vital role,” he emphasized.


The purpose of the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures is to provide an arena for discussing all of the initiatives regarding the customs community that, as part of APEC, are developed by the different economies.


The Head of International Affairs at Chile’s Customs Service and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures, Daniela Veas, stated that this year the sub-committee will continue to move forward with the efforts realized in previous years towards an effective implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It will also focus its work on diminishing trade friction in the customs arena with the goal of being a group whose work makes a tangible contribution to the Integration 4.0 proposed by Chile as a priority for APEC Chile 2019.


As part of the activities and in addition to Chile’s National Customs Service chairing the plenary meetings of the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures, the delegates of the APEC member economies participating in the Sub-Committee are scheduled to visit the heritage building of the regional Customs House of Valparaiso. This property was inaugurated on September 1, 1855 after a 10-year construction period and declared a National Monument in 1976.


This meeting is one of the various working meetings, committees, seminars and workshops that will be held in Chile throughout 2019, to be attended by representatives from the 21 member economies that make up APEC, and that between them represent 40% of the world’s population, 60% of global GDP and 50% of world trade.


The 21 APEC member economies 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: Customs Communications