Gareth Lewis

Senior Research Fellow



I worked on other instruments as well including the Risk Management Compendia, the Time Release Study, the revised Kyoto Convention, Customs in the 21st Century and the Economic Competitiveness Package.  I had primary responsibility for WCO contact with IATA, ICAO, GS1, UNECE and UNCITRAL. Additionally, I had regular contact with UPU, UNCTAD, GEA, ICC, IFCBA, FIATA, DG TAXUD, DG MOVE, APEC, ASEAN and other smaller international organizations. Since leaving the WCO in mid 2013, I have been a trade and customs consultant. In that time I have worked for the Charles Sturt University Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, WCO, GS1, Temasek Foundation Singapore, the Inter-American, Asian and World Development Banks and some international software companies.

In very recent times, I was employed by the WCO on a consultancy basis to write all training modules for the revised SAFE Framework. This work included detailed trainer’s notes, PowerPoint presentations and sample tests for students.

In late 2017 an into 2018 I worked as part of a small team under Charles Sturt University to devleop a strategic assessment for an Austraian Single Window. In addition so far in 2018, I have prepared a new draft WCO-GS1 memorandum of understanding, become part of a Customs modernization team in Abu Dhabi and worked on a new single window system and other modernization activities in Guyana plus work on an RFP in The Bahamas for NII scanning equipment at the main sea and air ports.

With specific respect to practical experience in transforming Customs processing and ports of entry through the implementation of Smart solutions I have worked with the IPCSA (International Port Community System Association) when at WCO with respect to how the adoption of IT in Customs (including single window systems) can interoperate with port community systems to provide an integrated control and facilitation environment at marine ports. Along with work at WCO and also since I left, my work on the WCO Data Model, single window systems, ASYCUDA World, GS1 (eg: APEC smart and secure tradelanes) has related to the interface between border regulation and leading edge technology.

I have had ongoing experience in such innovation as digital transformation, smart ports, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics and the internet of things through work at UN/CEFACT and in Australia in association with GS1 and Charles Sturt University.