Gareth Lewis

Senior Research Fellow



Gareth worked with the WCO on other instruments including the Risk Management Compendia, the Time Release Study, the revised Kyoto Convention, Customs in the 21st Century and the Economic Competitiveness Package.  He had primary responsibility for WCO contact with IATA, ICAO, GS1, UNECE and UNCITRAL. He had regular contact with UPU, UNCTAD, GEA, ICC, IFCBA, FIATA, DG TAXUD, DG MOVE, APEC, ASEAN and other smaller international organisations. Since leaving the WCO in mid 2013, he has been a trade and customs consultant.

In very recent times, he 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 2017 and 2018 I worked as part of a small team under Charles Sturt University to develop a strategic assessment for an Australian Single Window. He has prepared a new draft WCO-GS1 memorandum of understanding, became part of a Customs modernisation team in Abu Dhabi, worked on a new single window system and other modernisation activities in Guyana and  plus work on an RFP in The Bahamas for NII scanning equipment at the main sea and air ports.

While with WCO he worked with the IPCSA (as above) on 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. His work on the WCO Data Model, single window systems, ASYCUDA World, GS1 (eg: APEC smart and secure trade-lanes) related to the interface between border regulation and leading edge technology.

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