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September 13, 2013

The Inaugural Meeting of the CARIFORUM-EU Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation

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The Inaugural Meeting of the CARIFORUM-EU Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation convened at the MeliĆ” Santo Domingo Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on December 7th, 2011. This meeting was preceded by a Preparatory CARIFORUM Session on December 8th, 2011.

The establishment of the Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation is provided for in Article 36 of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). As part of the Institutional Arrangements of the Agreement, the Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation tasked with the functions of monitoring the implementation and administration of the provisions with Title I – Chapter 4 on Customs and Trade Facilitation, carrying out the tasks and functions indicated in Protocol I – concerning the definition of the concept of “originating products” and methods of administrative cooperation, providing for a forum for consultation between Parties with regard to the obligations provided under Protocol II – on mutual administrative assistance in customs matters and discussing issues relating to technical assistance activities.

On the ten point agenda, it included issues pertaining to adopting the rules of procedures agreed upon at the Joint Council in May 2010, nomination of permanent and ad hoc observers, as well as issues pertaining to the rules of origin, system of binding rules, mandatory use of independent customs brokers, pre-shipment inspections, and updates on the The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) of tariff nomenclature.

Antigua & Barbuda was represented by Mr. George Browne – Director of Research and Development – Customs and Excise Division – Ministry of Finance, The Economy and Public Administration.

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