12 December, 2019

Indonesia and New Zealand share insights on joint border and integrated risk management

Indonesian officials and business leaders visited New Zealand as part of the Indonesian trade facilitation project of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The delegation used the stdy visit to discuss a wide range of topics related to risk management in the context of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

A delegation of Indonesian officials and business leaders traveled to New Zealand last week as part of a project to support Indonesia to reduce trade costs and manage risks in cooperation with relevant border agencies. The project, which is led by the Indonesian Ministry of Trade and the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation, is developing and applying a risk-based approach for two core processes: for issuing import and export licenses; and for controlling goods post-border after customs release. A pilot with compliant traders can then serve as a starting point for Indonesia to develop further its integrated risk management system (ISRM).

 The 11-strong delegation discussed with government and business representatives on a range of topics related to Risk Management in the context of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. The New Zealand Customs Service warmly welcomed the participants, and further organized meetings with the Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE), and on-site visits to different businesses. This allowed studying New Zealand’s Risk Management system, the operation of market surveillance and consumer protection, and how government and the private sector work in partnerships to protect New Zealand’s borders and facilitate trade globally.

The delegation also visited the Customs House in Auckland to see first-hand how the Trade Policy, Intelligence, the Integrated Targeting & Operations Centre (ITOC), Service Delivery, Analytics and Revenue and Assurance (Post Audit) is operated.

Members of the delegation included representatives from the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, the Directorate General of Customs and Excise, the Indonesia National Single Window (INSW), and business representatives from the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), the Association of Priority Lane and AEO Companies (APJP), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The knowledge exchange helps to identify best practices. The findings and recommendations emerging from the benchmark mission will be shared with Management and relevant Directorates during a workshop with the Ministry of Trade in Jakarta on 13 December 2019. This will inform the design and streamlining of processes in the framework of the project.

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