The seminars are targeted at manufacturers, traders and forwarders involved in exporting goods from Singapore, with the goal of making it easier for them get things right under the new export declaration requirement.
AED requires goods to be declared prior to export, whereas prior to April 1, 2013 when AED was introduced, goods only needed to be declared within three days of export. The Singapore government had set an 18-month adjustment period to assist companies to prepare themselves for AED compliance through workflow and systems adjustment. Singapore Customs will impose penalties on companies that do not meet the AED deadline.
“October 1, 2014 is really a watershed for exporters and their forwarders as Singapore Customs has been very clear that there will be financial penalties, and possibly delays, for those companies who do not comply with the new requirement,”
“Despite the outreach efforts on the part of Customs we are still seeing some confusion in the market place in Singapore over what will happen after September 30, 2014, when the AED adjustment period ends.”
TNETS, as the largest user of Tradenet, has been assisting existing customers transition to the new regime. The company is now opening up its expertise to the wider market through this series of free seminars.
Taking place during March and April in conjunction with various Singapore trade bodies the sessions will focus on what the end of the 18-month adjustment period means for exporters and will also give useful insights on how work processes need to change to embrace the specific requirements of AED, whether exporting by air, sea or road. The seminars will also highlight some of the limitations that businesses may have in meeting AED requirements and discuss ways to improve systems efficiencies.
AED has its origins in the US Customs and Border Protection under the Department of Homeland Security and is designed to protect US borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration and agricultural pests without compromising the flow of legitimate travel and trade.
In Asia, Japan and Hong Kong were among the first to introduce AED. Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country to do so. The move is seen as critical for Singapore to remain competitive as a key trading nation and the centre for trade in the region.
“While the previous regulation required companies to complete their declaration within 3 days of export, in practice many companies were building up a backlog of export declarations over many days or, in some cases, weeks. In future Customs will seek to prevent any kind of backlog. Manufacturers, traders and forwarders now need a significant behaviour change with export declarations or risk having their goods screened, leading to delays,” added Johnson.
Businesses that wish to sign up for the seminars may do so on the TNETS website at http://www.tnets.com.sg/
+65 6576 9100
+65 6576 9100