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Introducing an Integrated Risk Management Approach for Customs Administrations

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Session No.: SA 24.19

Location: New Delhi, India

Date: April 22-26, 2024 (1 week)

Delivery Method: In-person Training

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    Senior managers and customs officials involved in risk management who have at least 5 years of experience in customs, as well as a current or potential role to contribute to the organization's strategic and/or operational reform agenda over the next years.

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    It would be desirable that each customs administration nominate:

    1. A HQ senior manager who perform strategic functions,
    2. An official with operational or post-clearance audit experience, and
    3. An official with an intermediate or higher level in data management.
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    Course Description

    This training course is designed for customs officials from emerging and developing economies to build capacity of customs administrations (CAs) to effectively adopt an integrated risk management approach to help strengthen customs controls while encouraging economic operators' voluntary compliance and improving trade facilitation. It will cover:

    1. the critical strategic components that are the basis for supporting the correct operational functioning in customs;
    2. how to identify CAs' control gaps by comparing their current state against good practices; and
    3. how to begin optimizing the use of data. The course will also discuss why in many cases risk management has failed to achieve the expected results.

    The course content is based on the practical experience of IMF customs experts garnered through their experience as customs officials, their work to support customs capacity development, and the invaluable lessons learned and shared by many CAs. The work sessions will foster a broad and active discussion among participants that will allow for the exchange of experiences and help internalize the key objectives of the course to the reality of each customs administration. In addition, practical case studies will enhance the learning experience.

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    Course Objectives

    The course will help participants understand what an integrated risk management (IRM) approach entails and the importance of its adoption as part of the customs administration governance. It will:

    • Identify the key components that must be developed to adopt an effective IRM.
    • Provide guidance on how to develop a compliance improvement plan based on IRM.
    • Explain how to identify the main vulnerabilities within the core customs processes that may be leading to the materialization of compliance risks.
    • Explain how the use of data can be optimized to improve selectivity criteria and segment the total population of importers in a practical way.
    • Strengthen participants' risks management skills and inspire them to develop or improve their own compliance improvement plans based on an IRM.
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