U.S. and Singapore Host ASEAN Trade Facilitation Workshop

The United States and Singapore jointly hosted a workshop for Southeast Asian customs and trade officials on “Implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)” from September 24-29, 2018. Trainers from the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs worked with 26 participants from from eight Southeast Asian countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam on transparency and fairness issues under the TFA. Private sector participants from DHL, FedEx, UPS, Intel, the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, and other industry associations joined the training to discuss implementation challenges and opportunities.