The Alliance, in cooperation with Colombia’s Customs and Border Protection and the Embassy of the United States in Colombia, organised a public-private workshop on the development of a Center for Trade Facilitation and Best Practices on 11 December 2017 in Bogota. The Center - modeled on the Centers for Excellence and Expertise in the United States - will process advance rulings on tariff classification, valuation and rules of origin for the automotive industry. The workshop was part of the first educational stage of the Alliance-led project to establish the Center.
Fiat Chrysler, a private sector champion of the project, spoke on the importance of the Center and the benefits it will bring to the private sector. As part of the public-private ‘co-creation’ process, officials from the Ministry of Trade of Colombia, and from the National Directorate of Taxes and Customs of Colombia (DIAN), had the opportunity to exchange ideas with key representatives of the Colombian automotive industry, including importers, national assemblers and auto parts manufacturers. Key private sector associations also attended the meeting, such as ANDI (Automotive Chamber), ANDEMOS (Importers of Vehicles Association), ACOLFA (Autoparts Association), the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, BASC (Business Alliance for Secure Commerce), and ANALDEX (National Association of Foreign Trade).