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U.S. Companies Raise Modernization and Public- Private Collaboration at Customs Directors-General Meeting

(Da Lat, Vietnam) A delegation of eight major U.S. companies organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council arrived in Da Lat, Vietnam today for the Council’s annual business mission to the ASEAN Customs Directors-General Meeting.  The delegation plans to focus its discussions with regional customs officials on two overarching themes: best practices and case studies in customs modernization, and collaboration between ASEAN customs departments and the private sector to support implementation of ASEAN’s 2015 customs commitments.  The mission is led by Kathy Santillo, Regional Managing Director for the US-ABC.

The centerpiece of the mission will be the delegation’s June 4 consultation with the 10 Customs Directors-General during which the delegation plans to express support for both national and ASEAN single window implementation, progress on implementing the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, and protecting intellectual property through customs modernization.  In addition to this consultation, the delegation will also hold bilateral meetings with Customs Directors-General from select countries and regional organizations such as the ASEAN Secretariat.

“Trade facilitation in ASEAN is at a critical juncture following the December 2013 completion in Bali of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation by the WTO,” said Council Regional Managing Director Kathy Santillo.  “As we continue the exchange of ideas with the ASEAN customs departments to efficiently implement the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), we are aspiring to the highest technological and legal standards to expedite trade and development in the region.  The companies comprising the Council’s delegation are committed to working with governments across ASEAN to reach those standards to increase trade flows, reduce costs and better protect intellectual property.”

Companies participating in the delegation include Deloitte, Google, KPMG, Nike, Philip Morris International, PwC, Procter & Gamble and UPS.

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