WCO Global Origin Conference 2021

Day 3: Friday 12 March 2021



Session 6: Administration of Rules of Origin

Moderator: Mr. Robert S. Smith, Americas Global Trade Leader, EY

Speaker 1: Innovative approaches of rules of origin administration

Ms. Nan Ding, Deputy Director of Office of Rules of Origin, Department of Duty Collection, General Administration of Customs of People’s Republic of China see presentation

Speaker 2 : Utilization through free trade agreements of cumulation of RoO,

Mr. Jeremy T. Harris, Consultant, Economist, and Integration and Trade Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank see presentation

Speaker 3: Direct transport or non-manipulation rule seen from a Customs perspective

Mr. Saba Vallipuram, International trade, economic and customs policy advisor, FTA negotiator of Rules of Origin and Customs Chapters – New Zealand Customs Service see presentation

Speaker 4: Origin irregularities and Fraud

Ms. Gabriela Martinez Silva, Director for Foreign Trade Audit, Mexico Customs Administration Presentation only available in Spanish!

Speaker 5: What drives the use of the EU’s Free Trade Agreements?

Mr. Jonas Kasteng, Senior Adviser at the National Board of Trade, Sweden see presentation



Session 7: Open Forum on future prospects of Rules of Origin

Moderator: Mr. Konstantinos Kaiopoulos, Director, Tariff and Trade

Affairs Directorate, World Customs Organization (WCO)

Speaker 1: Private sector perspective

Mr. Åke Weyler, Chairman of Textilimportörerna (The Association of Swedish Importers of Clothing, Home textiles and Shoes

Speaker 2: Academic perspective

Prof. Bernard Hoekman, Professor and Director, Global Economics, at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (in collaboration with Mr. Stefano Inama, UNCTAD ) see presentation

Speaker 3: IGO perspective

Mr. Mondher Mimouni, Chief of the Trade and Market Intelligence in International Trade Centre (ITC) see presentation

Speaker 4: Customs perspective

Ms. Mette Werdelin Azzam, Rules of Origin expert, former Senior Technical Officer - WCO Secretariat