Sri Lanka Customs Service: National Workshop on Customs Valuation
Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) conducted a national expert workshop on 26-30 October 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka in collaboration with the World Customs Organization Asia Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (WCO ROCB A/P) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to develop a model training course with an accompanying set of training materials. The new model training course will support SLC experts in delivering effective and sustainable in-house training to improve Customs valuation control in Sri Lanka, ideally through PCA and risk management.
Six SLC officials worked closely with WCO ROCB A/P experts during the workshop, from which the main outcomes included:
- Identification of areas for potential enhancement and/or improvement in SLC capacity for proper Customs Valuation control ideally through post-clearance audit.
- Based on the identified areas for enhancement, agreement on the outline for a model training course and training materials to be used by SLC valuation trainers.
- Agreed draft of the program and preparation schedule for the final SLC workshop under the WCO-ADB multi-year initiative, during which SLC will deliver training sessions on Customs valuation control using the model training course and materials.
In 2013, ADB and WCO ROCB A/P launched a joint subregional train-the-trainer on Customs valuation multiyear assistance initiative to support participating countries’ efforts to strengthen efficient management of Customs valuation control through the use of post-clearance audit. The first WCO-ADB Joint Subregional Workshop was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in February 2014, and the second Joint Subregional Workshop was held in Male, the Maldives 22–24 October 2014. SASEC provides a regional platform for this multiyear initiative through implementation of the SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework, approved by members in 2014.
With guidance and assistance from WCO experts, the Joint Subregional Workshops enabled SASEC member countries to develop national action plans that identify prioritized measures to improve implementation of Customs valuation systems and ensure realistic and achievable goals for implementation. The first national workshop aimed to facilitate implementation of the national action plan, with technical guidance from WCO ROCB A/P and from Maldives Customs Service, and technical assistance funding from ADB-administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.