WCO Time Release Study

Report
WCO Time Release Study
Regional Training Workshop on Trade Facilitation, Infrastructure
and Trade Costs Policies in ESCWA Region
8-9 April 2013, Dubai
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Outline
What
is a TRS
Objectives
TRS
of a TRS
Version 2
Study
results
Lessons
learned
Challenges
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What is the TRS?
The WCO Time Release Study (TRS) is a unique tool and method
for measuring relevant aspects of the effectiveness of operational
procedures that are carried out by Customs, other regulatory
actors and the business involved in the standard processing of
imports, exports and in transit movements. It seeks to accurately
measure these elements of trade flows so that related decisions
to improve such performance can be well conceived and thereby
carried out.
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WCO TRS Guide
1994 WCO TRS Handbook
2001 WCO TRS Guide
2005 WCO TRS Software
2011 WCO TRS Guide Version II
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Objectives of the TRS:
a) Identifying bottlenecks in the international supply chain
and/or constraints affecting Customs release
b) Assessing newly introduced and modified techniques,
procedures, technologies and infrastructure, or administrative
changes
c) Establishing baseline trade facilitation performance
measurement
d) Identifying opportunities for trade facilitation improvements
e) Estimating the country’s approximate comparative position as
a benchmark tool
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Image of the TRS
Sea cargo & Air cargo
Pre-arrival
Arrival
Lodgement of Vessels, Unloading
Declaration Aircrafts
Placing
goods to
Customs
Area
Intervention
Trade related
Agencies
Registration
Duty Payment Release
Goods
Declaration Examination Clearance
Customs Procedures
Port Authority
Procedure
Warehouse
Procedure
Trade Agency
Intervention
CY Procedure
TOTAL TIME from Arrival to Release of Goods
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TRS Guide Version 2
as an affective support for Customs in the 21st Century
Key Objective
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To bring in line with the growing challenges :
 Coordinated Border Management
 Customs to Business Partnership
 Customs to Customs Cooperation
 Export Controls
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Structure of the TRS Guide Version 2
1. Introduction
2. Background
3. General Purpose and Scope
4. Possible Specific Uses for the
Study Results
5. Outline of the TRS
6. Challenges and Opportunities
Appendices:
1. The Working Group
2. Simplified Survey Questionnaire Form
3. Detailed Survey Questionnaire Form
4. A Basic Guide to the Use of the WCO
TRS Online Software
5. Model Final Report Format
6. Model Press Release
7. The TRS in Exportation
8. National Practices
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TRS Process in General
Phase 1: Preparation of the Study
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Establishment of a TRS Working Group
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Determination of scope and design of the study
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Planning and detailed methodology
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Detailed Drawing plan
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Sampling
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Developing a survey questionnaire form
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Test-Run
Phase 2: Collection & Recording of Data
Phase 3: Analysis of the Data & Conclusions
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Analysis of the results of TRS and formulations of action plan
Finalizing TRS report and Press Release
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Study Results
Will assist administrations to :
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Identify the constraints affecting customs/other agencies
clearance

Consider corrective actions

Identify areas requiring simplification in procedures

Establish Client Charters/Customs standards
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Possible Outcomes
Restructuring within the Administration
 Draft or modify Customs or related Legislation
 Simplify Customs procedures
 Automate Customs procedures
 Simplify other related procedures
 Reallocate resources
 Support requests for resources
 Initiate measures to improve enforcement or detection
 Resolve matters with other Agencies/Partners involved in the
clearance of goods
 Provide basis for Single Window/Integrated Border Management
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Lessons Learned (1/2)
 The WCO has been involved in several TRS
 The methodology is easy to use, is suitable to all modes of
traffic
 No special training is needed (except for need of a
statistician)
 Analysis of data easily leads to development of action plans
 Effective tool for measuring consequences of
policy/procedural change
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Lessons Learned (2/2)
 Release times have actually reduced
 To be effective, TRS must include all stakeholders
 To be effective TRS must have strong management
commitment and supervision
 TRS can be conducted without the need of outside resources
 TRS is relatively inexpensive to conduct
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Challenges
 Real management commitment (Dedicated team – mgt
understanding of time commitment)
Commitment of other agencies
 Commitment of private sector stakeholders
 Commitment of staff
Honesty in reporting and physical layout of facility
Public relations
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Thank you for your kind attention
For more information, please visit
the WCO Web site: www.wcoomd.org
Milena Budimirović
Technical Officer
Compliance and Facilitation Directorate
World Customs Organization (WCO)
[email protected]
WCO, Brussels
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