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WTO Trade Facilitation Self Assessment of Needs – Bangladesh WTO Trade Facilitation Self Assessment of Needs – Bangladesh Needs for Implementing of WTO.

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1 WTO Trade Facilitation Self Assessment of Needs – Bangladesh WTO Trade Facilitation Self Assessment of Needs – Bangladesh Needs for Implementing of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 21 July, 2008

2 Needs assessment Steps Current Situation relative to basic standard Barriers to meet basic standard Actions needed Local Remedy/Action TA required Lead agency and stakeholders Priority of the identified TA/CB needs Stakeholders consulted Comments

3 contd.. MEASURES ALREADY COMPLIED contd.. MEASURES ALREADY COMPLIED Include the followings- D.1 Right Of Appeal D.1 Right Of Appeal E.2 Detention Of Goods E.2 Detention Of Goods G.1.(a) Periodic review of formalities and requirement G.1.(a) Periodic review of formalities and requirement G.1.(g) Use Of Customs brokers G.1.(g) Use Of Customs brokers H.1 Consular Transaction Fees Requirement H.1 Consular Transaction Fees Requirement

4 MEASURES ALREADY COMPLIED I.1. Coordination of activities of border agencies I.1. Coordination of activities of border agencies J.1 (e) Separating release from clearance procedure J.1 (e) Separating release from clearance procedure K.1Objective Criteria For Tariff Classification K.1Objective Criteria For Tariff Classification

5 CONTD.. PARTIALLY COMPLIANT CONTD.. PARTIALLY COMPLIANT Include the followings- A.1 Publication and Notification of Trade Regulations And of Penalty Provisions A.1 Publication and Notification of Trade Regulations And of Penalty Provisions A.2 Internet Publication/Official website A.2 Internet Publication/Official website B.1. Interval between publication and entry into force B.1. Interval between publication and entry into force B.2 Prior consultation and commenting on new and amended rules B.2 Prior consultation and commenting on new and amended rules

6 PARTIALLY COMPLIANT B.3 Regular consultation with traders B.3 Regular consultation with traders E.1 Import Alerts/Rapid Alerts E.1 Import Alerts/Rapid Alerts E.3 Test Procedure E.3 Test Procedure F.1 Fees and Charges imposed in connection with importation /exportation F.1 Fees and Charges imposed in connection with importation /exportation G.1 (b) Reduction/Limitation of formalities and documentation requirement G.1 (b) Reduction/Limitation of formalities and documentation requirement G.1.(c) Use of international standards G.1.(c) Use of international standards Continued

7 PARTIALLY COMPLIANT PARTIALLY COMPLIANT J.1.(a) Pre arrival processing J.1.(a) Pre arrival processing J.1 (b) Expeditious shipments J.1 (b) Expeditious shipments J.1. (c) Risk management/Analysis, Authorized traders J.1. (c) Risk management/Analysis, Authorized traders J.1.(d) Post Clearance Audit J.1.(d) Post Clearance Audit

8 contd… NON COMPLIANT contd… NON COMPLIANT Include the followings- A.3 Establishment Of Enquiry Points/ information Centers A.3 Establishment Of Enquiry Points/ information Centers A.4 Notification of Trade Regulation A.4 Notification of Trade Regulation C.1 Advance Ruling C.1 Advance Ruling G.1.(d)Acceptance of commercially available copies G.1.(d)Acceptance of commercially available copies G.1.(e)Single Window/One time submission G.1.(e)Single Window/One time submission

9 NON COMPLIANT Include the followings- G.1.(f) Elimination of Pre-shipment Inspection G.1.(f) Elimination of Pre-shipment Inspection G.1.(j) Option to return rejected goods to importer G.1.(j) Option to return rejected goods to importer J.1.(f) Establishment and publication of average release and clearance time J.1.(f) Establishment and publication of average release and clearance time M. Multilateral Mechanism for the exchange and handling of information M. Multilateral Mechanism for the exchange and handling of information

10 OVERALL RESULTS of the NEED ASSESMENT for TF 64 proposed measures were considered in Oct updated measures were considered in July 2008 Workshop. Preparedness- Already Compliant with 8 (17%) Partially compliant with 14 (29%) Not compliant with 9 (19%) Issues not included with 17 (35%)– i.e. All transit & customs union provisions

11 CONTD……….. Top Priorities for CONTD……….. Top Priorities for BANGLADESH INTERNET PUBLICATION/OFFICIAL WEBSITE ESTABLISHMENT OF ENQUIRY POINTS / INFORMATION CENTERS USE OF INFORMATION TECNOLOGY AND AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR IMPORT EXPORT PROCEDURE IN ALL CUSTOMS STATIONS CREAT VALUATION DATABASE AND HARDWARE & SOFTWARE FACILITIES TO ELIMINATE PSI SYSTEM

12 Top Priorities for Top Priorities for Bangladesh PHYSICAL FACILITIES LIKE WEIGHBRIDGES, CONTAINER SCANNERS FOR MAJOR SEA PORTS, AIR PORTS PHYSICAL FACILITIES LIKE WAREHOUSES, WEIGHBRIDGES, SCALES, OFFICE FACILITIES, BUILDINGS AT LAND LAND PORTS POST CLEARANANCE AUDIT, RISK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, FACILITIES FOR SINGLE WINDOWS/ ONE STOP SUBMISSION, ADVANCE RULING FACILITIES FOR EXPEDITIOUS CARGO OTER MEASURES TO SIMPLIFY AND TO EXPEDITE CUSTOM RELEASE

13 Barriers Funding Funding Fund constraintFund constraint Lack of commitment for allocation and utilization of budgetLack of commitment for allocation and utilization of budget Infrastructure Infrastructure Infrastructure in customs station, including land customs station, weigh bridges, scanning, warehouses and other port facilitiesInfrastructure in customs station, including land customs station, weigh bridges, scanning, warehouses and other port facilities Lack of full automation in all customs stations (software, hardware, networking)Lack of full automation in all customs stations (software, hardware, networking) National website with interlinking other trade related agenciesNational website with interlinking other trade related agencies Multi-agencies central testing laboratoryMulti-agencies central testing laboratory Road/Railway communication, BridgesRoad/Railway communication, Bridges Power generationPower generation

14 Barriers Legislation and policy matters Legislation and policy matters Awareness and consensusAwareness and consensus Active participation and feed back from stakeholdersActive participation and feed back from stakeholders Review and monitoring mechanismReview and monitoring mechanism Legislative barriers related to interpretation, enforcement and updatingLegislative barriers related to interpretation, enforcement and updating Coordination among concerned agenciesCoordination among concerned agencies Human Resources Human Resources Lack of skilled/expert/technical manpowerLack of skilled/expert/technical manpower Lack of capacity building programLack of capacity building program Lack of administrative setup and expertiseLack of administrative setup and expertise Insufficient IT related equipmentsInsufficient IT related equipments Limited availability of proper informationLimited availability of proper information Lack of planning and utilization of human resourcesLack of planning and utilization of human resources Lack of knowledge and experience on international standardLack of knowledge and experience on international standard Continued

15 Technical Assistance and Capacity Building support contd… 1 Development of physical infrastructure and port facilities at sea custom stations including air and land custom stations (warehouses, weighing bridge, container scanners etc) 2Development of Automation and ICT infrastructure (hardware, software, networking) at all custom station 3. Establishing multi-agency testing laboratories (international standard) at major custom stations 4. Development of Valuation data base with necessary hardware to eliminate PSI 5. Assistance in using international standards clearance procedure

16 Technical Assistance and Capacity building support 6. Assistance in facilitating single window, authorized trader, pre arrival processing in international standards 7. Development of human resources on PCA, Risk Management, Port management, ICT, Valuation, Advance ruling, other WCO programmes and standards, H.S. Classification, UCP, Freight- forwarders etc through training 8. Web development, internet publication, hyperlinks with trade bodies 9. Construction of Road, Railways and bridges and Other physical facilities so far transit and easy transportation of goods is concern

17 WAY FORWARD and RECOMMENDATIONS contd.. 1. National TF working group to make more effective 2. Take part in negotiation to be held on 3rd generation proposals 3. Flexibilities granted to LDCs be retained in future negotiations and no specific time frame for LDCs. 4. Standards to be implemented subject to adequate and sufficient Technical Assistance and Capacity Building support 5. Adequate TACB to be ensured 6. Involve capital based experts both from public and private sector in Geneva negotiations 7. Intensive survey on need assessments, Determination of Priorities, Implementation plan to be done with technical assistance

18 8. WCO Columbus program for Need Assessment for Customs Capacity Building can be consulted during next WTO/Donor Need Assessment 9. Donors to come forward to TA and CB supports 10. Coordination among trade related agencies and other stakeholders in capital followed by Ministry of Commerce 11. Geneva delegates to work as a link between WTO and capital 12. Recommendations of the needs assessments exercise to be shared in TF taskforce Way Forwarded and Recommendation

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