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Annex A – Trade Facilitation Menu of Actions and Measures

Customs Procedures

1. Time Release Survey (TRS)

Objective – To conduct self-evaluation of Trade Facilitation, find bottleneck in the customs related procedures and to improve them.


a) Development of methodology to measure the time required to release goods.

b) Successful undertaking of the measurement of the time required to release goods.

c) Identification of bottlenecks and areas for improvement in Customs related procedures.

d) Development and implementation of strategies to address identified bottlenecks and problems.

e) Establishment of a process within the organization for ongoing assessment of cargo release times on a continuous/regular basis.

2. Implement APEC Framework based on the WCO Framework of Standards.

Objective – To secure and facilitate the global trade in the APEC region.


a) Harmonize the advance electronic cargo information requirements on inbound, outbound and in-transit shipments.

b) Receive advance electronic information in order for Customs administrations to identify high-risk shipments and facilitate low risk shipments as early as possible in the supply chain.

c) Develop and adopt advanced risk management methodology, such as systematic cargo profiling techniques, and/or a computerised risk management system to identify high-risk shipments and minimise physical examination of low-risk shipments.

d) Perform an outbound inspection of high-risk containers and cargo, preferably using non-intrusive detection equipment such as large-scale X-ray machines and radiation detectors.

e) Create and implement an Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) programme which provides benefits to businesses that meet certain security standards to maximize security and facilitation of the international trade supply chain.

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