Industry Updates

November 18, 2015
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ASEAN Excise Reform

Prof David Widdowson and A/Prof Rob Preece from CCES are currently involved in research into opportunities for the ASEAN Economic Community to become a leading automobile production centre. Specifically, they are exploring ways in which reforms of automobile excise taxes in ASEAN may lead to regional production growth and pro-environment outcomes. The research scope includes the use of excise reform […]
September 29, 2015
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PICARD Conference 2015

The 2015 WCO PICARD Conference took place from 8 to 10 September in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was an event which was attended by almost 300 delegates from various countries, and included three Nobel Laureates from the United States. The conference provides a platform for building cooperation on customs research between international organisations, the private sector and WCO member countries. Following […]
July 27, 2015
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New Era for Australian Border Management

This article was kindly contributed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The new Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) was unveiled on 1 July 2015, signalling a major change in the way Australia’s borders are managed. The integration sees the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) cease and the Australia Border Force stand up as the […]
July 27, 2015
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Launch of the Australian Trusted Trader Programme 8th July 2015

This article was kindly contributed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Streamlined trade is now a step closer for Australian businesses with the launch of the highly anticipated Australian Trusted Trader pilot programme. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash unveiled the programme on 8 July 2015 and confirmed the first four industry participants – Boeing […]
July 27, 2015

New Collector of Customs, Cayman Islands

This month former Tourism Minister Charles Clifford was appointed the new Collector of Customs for the Cayman Islands, he starts his new position on 17 August. The staff and colleagues of CCES wish to congratulate Mr Clifford on this appointment. See the full article on Charles’s appointment in the Cayman Compass: http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2015/07/03/Charles-Clifford-takes-top-customs-role/
June 22, 2015
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2015 WCO Council Sessions

The 125th/126th Annual Sessions of the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Council took place in Brussels from 11 to 13 June 2015 under the guidance and direction of Chairperson Zouhair Chorfi, the Director General of the Moroccan Customs Administration, and with the participation of Directors General of Customs representing the 180 Members of the WCO. Professor David Widdowson attended the Sessions as […]
May 20, 2015
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CCES Conducts Assessment in Pacific

Recently, CCES was engaged by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group to conduct a needs analysis in five World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries in the Pacific. CCES will assist the World Bank Group to carry out an analysis in each member country to assess its preparedness to implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA). The team of […]
May 20, 2015
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CCES Expert interviewed on Channel News Asia (CNA)

Associate Professor Stephen Muller was interviewed on 15 April 2015 on the popular Asia Pacific Channel News Asia (CNA). Stephen joined a panel of experts via skype on the discussion ‘Border management issues and why it is so challenging to secure borders’. In the first segment of the discussion, CNA presenter Teymoor Nabili interviewed Stephen along with Mr. Mick O’Connell, […]
May 20, 2015
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Customs Brokers Course in Timor-Leste

On 21 April 2015, 15 Customs Brokers attended a 16 day course commissioned by the World Bank aimed to improve the competence and professionalism of persons carrying out Customs import and export procedures in Dili as well as at the land border with Indonesia. Training was conducted by Centre for Customs & Excise Studies (CCES) Lecturers Mr Alan Murray and […]