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Customs Audit & Disputes in Asia Pacific

As global and regional integration increases, multinational companies ought to navigate numerous custom-related complexities and challenges imposed by relevant authorities in any jurisdiction. For the past few years in Asia, we have observed customs audit and disputes become increasingly aggressive. Local authorities have taken steps to strengthen customs controls and compliance across a number of areas. As such, understanding the regulatory landscape and the specific rules in a particular jurisdiction will help businesses reduce operational risks and costs.

This webinar series provide an in-depth coverage of legal frameworks, practical issues and key trends and developments surrounding customs audits in select Asia Pacific jurisdictions. Please visit this page for updates on succeeding sessions.

For Japanese companies: These webinars are also available in Japanese language as presented at the JAFTAS’ platform. View the Japanese versions.

10 Things You Need to Know about Customs Audit in Indonesia

14 July 2022 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm JKT

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This session tackles two key themes: customs audits and current/hot audit issues in Indonesia. Our speakers discuss 10 of the most highlighted areas that a company needs to know about Indonesia customs audit. What are the typical requested audit data? What are the stages of the audit process? What would be the roadblocks? and avenue for audit results?

Next, we move into the customs audit case studies, most prominently on customs valuation, tariff classification, and certificate of origin issues. How have authorities been approaching these issues and what practical strategies should IMT supply chains apply to manage the challenges of such audits?

Speakers: Yaeko Hodaka (Co-chair, AP IMT Industry Group, Tokyo), Riza Buditomo (Partner, Jakarta)

BD contact: Helmy HandokoDanny Panjaitan

Customs Audits and Export Controls in China

9 June 2022 | 10:30 – 11:30 am CHT

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In this session, our speakers discuss key customs audit topics and trends in China, as well as practical and legal considerations that should be accounted for in customs audit management strategy. They also discuss recent developments in export controls in China and important considerations in managing inventories containing controlled items.

Speakers: Yaeko Hodaka (Co-chair, AP IMT Industry Group, Tokyo), Tina Li (Associate, Shanghai), Weng Keong Kok (Associate, Hong Kong)

BD contact: Iris ZhouSara Wang

Customs Audit in Malaysia: Trends and Tips

7 April 2022 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm MYT

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This session features key insights and practical aspects of customs audit in Malaysia, including an overview of key features of Malaysian customs audit, a snapshot of key customs audit topics and trends, a case study exemplifying common customs audit scenarios in Malaysia, key tips on managing dawn raids and customs audits in Malaysia, and practical and legal considerations that should be accounted for in any customs audit management strategy.

Speakers: Yaeko Hodaka (Co-chair, AP IMT Industry Group, Tokyo), Jason Liang (Partner, Kuala Lumpur), Kelvin Hong (Associate, Kuala Lumpur), Wei Lit Wong (Legal Assistant, Kuala Lumpur)

BD contact: Henry TayShu Yi Ong

Webinar Recording: Import & Export Regulatory Updates and Recent Case Developments in Thailand

24 February 2022 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm BKK

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This session features key insights and practical aspects of import and export regulatory and compliance updates in Thailand. Speakers also discuss recent precedential customs cases, including FTAs updates, export control updates, customs audit trends in Thailand and recent precedential customs cases and practices.

Speakers: Yaeko Hodaka (Co-chair, AP IMT Industry Group, Tokyo), Panya Sittisakonsin (Partner, Bangkok), Keerati Saneewong Na Ayudthaya (Associate, Bangkok)

BD contact: Ramaimas Bowra and Pranut Kukom

Webinar Recording: Customs Audit & Disputes in Vietnam

21 January 2022 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm VNT

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In this webinar, our lawyers discuss the legal framework and practical issues surrounding customs audit in Vietnam. They also highlight the areas of focus by customers’ authority during customs audit and offer advice on how businesses can effectively manage an audit.

Speakers: Yaeko Hodaka (Co-chair, AP IMT Industry Group, Tokyo), Thanh Vinh Nguyen (Partner, Ho Chi Minh City), Ngoc Trung Tran (Associate, Hanoi)

BD contact: Ngoc Thuy Duong Pham (Senior BD Executive, Ho Chi Minh City)

For more information, please contact:

Joyce Guantero
BD Manager, Asia Pacific

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Yaeko Hodaka has over 25 years of legal experience in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and reorganization, internal investigation, litigation and dispute resolution. She is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Practice Group, with a focus on the automotive sector and serves as the Regional Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Transportation Group in Asia Pacific.


Riza F. Buditomo is a partner in Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners' Tax & Trade Group in Jakarta. He focuses on corporate commercial and tax, and trade matters including export/import, customs, supply chain, food industry, direct-selling, anti-dumping, and corporate commercial work.

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