08/08/2016 ACTS Integrated Inter-Agency Cross Border Workshop, Royal Malaysia Customs Sultan Abu Bakar Complex, Johor Baru 3-4 August 2016

With the valuable support of Royal Malaysia Customs (RMC), ARISE ran a successful two-day ACTS workshop on 3 and 4 August 2016.  The workshop was designed for the Government agencies based at the Tanjung Kupang border station adjacent to the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link and the corresponding border station at the Tuas Checkpoint in Singapore.  The objectives of the workshop were to finalise the practical cross-border clearance procedures to be adopted by Customs and Government Transport agencies in Malaysia and Singapore under the proposed ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS) pilot to be run later in 2016.  The objective was also to inform all border agencies of what is being planned under the ACTS pilot.  Representatives of the Customs services from Malaysia and Singapore were both present, along with representatives of police, immigration and transport agencies in Malaysia.  The workshop included a number of presentations made by ARISE, the Regional ACTS Project Manager and the ACTS Implementation Team, followed by a site visit to the clearance facilities for tucks departing from Malaysia for transit to Singapore.  The preparations that have been made at both sides of the Malaysia-Singapore border will provide a good basis for the successful implementation of the ACTS Pilot.

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