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Event:2 ½ Day Training Course
with visit to WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANISATION Headquarters     WCO Logo
  Making Customs Your Free Zone Champion
Date:Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th March 2012
Venue:Novotel-Centre Tour Noire Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

    Why attend
This practical programme will consist of a Two Day training workshop session. This workshop will provide valuable advice and ideas to participants from around the world, be they zone authorities/operators, customs officials, potential donors or zone companies. It will move from advice to help participants develop their own strategic approach to productive relations between the national Customs and zone operators.

    Overview of Timetable
04th March 2012Arrive in Brussels − Welcome Drinks
05th March 2012Training Course Part One
06th March 2012Training Course Part Two
07th March 2012Morning visit to the WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANISATION Headquarters and farewell lunch

    Outline Cource Programme
Sunday 4th March - Check into Hotel          19.00 to 20.30 Welcome Drinks

DAY ONE - Monday 5th March 2012
Morning Session 09.30 - 13.00
    Customs Practices Today - An Overview of How Customs Interact With Zones
  • Customs import and export clearance procedures
  • Customs audit-based controls
  • Customs goods inspections
  • Customs related physical security considerations
  • AEO programmes
  • Customs automation
Afternoon Session 14.00 - 17.30
    Customs Practices Tomorrow - Preparing for the New Environment
  • The shifts to holistic border controls and single agency border control
  • Information management for traders through Trades Repositories
  • Newer automated systems to simplify trade
  • "Borderless customs" through data exchange of reusable data
DAY TWO- Tuesday 6th March 2012
Morning Session 09.30 - 13.00
    Free Zone Best Practice
  • Free Zones distinct from "Free Economic Zones"
  • Free Zones supporting domestic markets
  • Domestic or foreign labour forces for zones
  • Zones in international law - when do they become "nation like"
Afternoon Session 14.00 - 17.30
    Working Towards Full Cooperation with Customs Authorities
  • Using customs best practice agreements to your advantage
    • The revised Kyoto Convention
    • SAFE Framework
  • Targeting the customs mandate in your operations
  • Cost-benefit analysis from the customs perspective
  • Benefits for customs that benefit you
DAY THREE- Wednesday 7th March 2012
Morning Session 10.00 - 13.00
    Morning visit to the World Customs Organization HQ, farewell lunch and Certificate Presentation

    10:00 - 10:20

    Introduction to the World Customs Organization

    Presentation by Mr. Gaozhang Zhu

    10:20 - 10:40

    The Compliance and Facilitation Directorate

    Presentation by Ms. Michelle Medina        

    Technical Attaché, Enforcement

    10:40 - 11:00

    The Tariff and Trade Directorate

    Presentation by Mr. Craig Clark

    Deputy Director, Tariff & Trade Affairs

    11:00 - 11:20

    The Capacity Building Directorate

    Presentation by the Mr. Takashi Nakao

    11:20 - 11:40


    11:40 - 12:10

    The Revised Kyoto Convention: Guidelines to Specific Annex D

    Presentation by Mr. Shingo Matsuda

    Technical Officers,  Compliance & Facilitation Directorate

    12:10 - 12:40

    Why does the WCO advocate adequate customs controls for imports, exports, transshipments and free trade zones?

    Presentation by Mr. Norbert Steilen

    Technical Attaché,  Compliance & Facilitation Directorate

    12:40 - 13:00

    WRAP-UP  Question & Answer Session

Time has been allowed for delegates' questions and discussion throughout the programme

   Training Course Presenter

Walter Hekala Mr Walter Hekala − Principal Associate, Trade and Investment Unit, Nathan Associates, Inc. USA

Since leaving U.S. Customs after a successful career, Walter has supported several USAID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and private sector projects, including field work as a portfolio, programme, or project manager.
He has also built successful public integrity (anti-corruption) programmes. He has extensive project management experience and is a certified as a Project Manager (PMP) by the Project Management Institute and Quality Auditor (CQA) by the American Society for Quality.
Walter has served as a volunteer in PMI including work a technical reviewer of the Standard for Project Risk Management and in the International Development Community of Practice.
His border management innovations include developing the first Comprehensive Integrated Tariff System (CITS), holistic border management reforms through a multi-agency Border Management Task Force (BMTF), and regulatory risk management based on measured/managed private sector self-regulation (Full Circle Due DiligenceĀ© and Four Aspects of RiskĀ©).
Both from within the U.S. Customs and as a consultant he has supported the development and functioning of free zones including - feasibility studies for the creation of new free zones - the drafting of enabling laws and regulations - practical application of best business practice.
Walter's free zone experience includes work in the United States, multiple countries including the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East and Africa. His approach to free zone management is to demystify and simplify the free zone regime so that both business and customs work in partnership.

   Who should attend

CONFERENCE ORGANISERS The International Conference Network

WORLD FREE ZONE CONVENTION, 35 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BA, U.K.
Tel    +44 207 839 1334           Fax    +44 870 131 9578           Email

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