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How to Facilitate Legitimate Trade in Export Controls ARF Export Licensing Experts Meeting 17 – 18 Nov 05
Gives recognition to companies/ organisations with an effective Internal (Export Control) Compliance Program (ICP) Launched on 1 Nov 03 Approved Company Scheme (ACS)
The need to facilitate legitimate trade among the majority of honest traders To encourage companies to develop an effective ICP to self regulate its strategic goods trade
Companies that are equipped with an effective & competent ICP to routinely screen all of their strategic goods and technology transactions Who are Eligible?
Benefits of Approved Company Scheme Credibility Serves as a recognition that a company has an effective ICP in place Enhances a companys credibility as a responsible trading company, or business partner
Benefits of Approved Company Scheme More facilit ative declar ation proce dures Eligible to apply for bulk permits for multiple shipments Able to handle large number of transactions in a relatively shorter turnaround time
Quality system of checks and controls to ensure compliance with the SGCA/SGCR & related domestic laws Covers controlled products, technology, or documents in which strategic goods technology is recorded, stored or embodied What is an Internal Compliance Program?
Benefits Benefits of Internal Compliance Program ICP Better management Discover suspicious customers/ activities Accountability Streamlines processes Reinforces senior management policy Training
How to Develop an Effective ICP? The specific elements that should be included in a companys ICP is dependent on The complexity of business activities The nature and size of the company The strategic goods item(s) the company is/are dealing in The recipient or end-user country, and the companys relationship with the shipper(s) or consignee(s)
Relevant corporate policies and resources Clear statement of corporate policy Commitment must be well communicated Reinforced policy statement Companys commitment How to Develop an Effective ICP?
Establish formal lines of communication Senior management in-charge Maintain a list of control officers Responsible for implementation of ICP List should be circulated Nomination of strategic goods control officers How to Develop an Effective ICP?
Process in product screening Maintain a list of strategic goods/technology Working procedures for screening Ability to check permit requirements Products screening How to Develop an Effective ICP? Ensure each transaction have a valid strategic goods permit
How to Develop an Effective ICP? End users screening Maintain prohibited/denial list Legitimate transactions Validate customers details
How to Develop an Effective ICP? Record keeping > 2 years for export/re-export, transshipment and transit > 5 years for transmission of technology and brokering of strategic goods and related technology Examples of records to be kept Bulk permits End user certificates Export licences Business transaction documents Internal audit records Internal training records Import authorisations
How to Develop an Effective ICP? Training Conduct regular training Keep training records Discuss ways of improvement
How to Develop an Effective ICP? Audits Conduct regular internal audits Submit details of violations Internal system to notify Customs of any non-compliance promptly
The ACS status will be valid for a period of 24 months from the date of approval Validity of ACS
Enable multiple strategic goods transactions Shorter turnaround time Not allowed for WMD goods and technology Bulk Permit Bulk permits
Process Flow Company/business ACS Intra-company 1 end-user / multiple products 1 product / multiple (approved) end-users ICP Form G Bulk permit- Form H
The granting of each bulk permit is considered on a case by case basis: The merits of the trading/ business activity The effectiveness of the companys ICP Factors considered include The nature and sensitivity of the items Frequency and volume of transactions Destination/end-users Granting of Bulk Permit
The bulk permit will be valid for a period of 12 months or upon the expiry of the ACS status, whichever is earlier Validity of Bulk Permit
The ACS status will be revoked or suspended if: The company has violated the terms and conditions of the ACS prescribed by Singapore Customs The company has knowingly exported/ diverted strategic goods and technology to UN prohibited countries and to countries or companies not approved by the supplying or exporting country Revocation/Suspension of ACS Status
The ACS status will be revoked or suspended if: The company has knowingly export/re- export, transship strategic goods/technology destined for WMD related activities The company has failed to maintain an effective ICP The company has not complied with any other requirements of the SGCA or its Regulations, and other related domestic laws Revocation/Suspension of ACS Status
The Bulk Permit will be revoked or suspended if: The company has violated the terms and conditions as prescribed in SGCR and by Singapore Customs The ACS status is being revoked or suspended Revocation/Suspension of Bulk Permit
Advice to Japan Foreign Trade Council Inc Sought Singapore Customs advice on compilation of comprehensive ICP guidelines on Singapore's strategic goods control, for Japanese companies The ICP serves as valuable reference to Japanese trading companies with branch offices, subsidiaries or affiliates operating in Singapore
Conclusion Industry needs: further facilitative measures (legitimate trade) Careful balancing