WCO/UNEP organized a workshop on Joint Regional Risk Management: Preventing Illegal Trade In Environmentally Regulated Goods from 6th to 10th April 2015. The course was conducted at the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) and funded by CCF/Korea. The course participants comprised Customs Officers from various member states from AP region namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vietnam, Australia, Korea, Hong Kong and Macao China.
During these 5 days of intensive workshop, participants shared their knowledge and experiences on handling Illegal Trade in Environmentally Regulated Goods with actual cases during their presentations. This workshop was facilitated by WCO secretariat, two UNEP experts from Thailand, an expert from CITES, one from Traffic and also officers from WCO Asia Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P). The workshop also was jointly facilitated by three Ozone Officers from Malaysia’s Department of Environment and one from the Department of Bio-safety, Malaysia.
On 10th of April 2015, the participants and facilitators were taken for site visit to Melaka Custom’s office and one of the Multinational Company, Infineon located in the Melaka Free Industrial Zone (FIZ). During the short site visits, the participants were given an Overview of the Melaka Customs and FIZ activities and the handling of risk management of import and export activities by the FIZ Customs.