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Alumni Profile

STUDENT NAME
Rene Hattingh (South Africa)

COURSE NAME
Master of International Customs Law & Administration (MICLA)

WHEN DID YOU GRADUATE?
September 2011

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB POSITION?
National Compliance Manager for an International Freight Forwarding and Clearing company.

HOW HAS YOUR TIME STUDYING WITH CCES IMPACTED ON YOUR WORKING ROLE SINCE GRADUATING? 
I started my career as a Customs official straight after completing high school.  I worked for the South African Revenue Services (Customs) for 21 years.  During that time I was exposed to various positions within the organization and every day I experienced something new in my work.  Being a Customs Officer is such a diverse, interesting and at times complicated career, but I enjoyed every minute of my work. Through a selection process, SARS offered a few of us the opportunity to enrol in the Centre for Customs & Excise Studies (CCES) study programme. It was a once in a life time opportunity, and a life changing experience for me as well as my family, since they had to support me through long hours of study and very little private time. 
 
During my studies with CCES, I enjoyed the constant feedback and guidance from the lecturers, as well as the course material where I got to know about different treaties, conventions, best practices and supply chain management to name a few. We also learned how customs organizations operate globally in conjunction with various role players like WTO/ WCO.  I enjoyed interacting with my fellow students from all over the world and the one thing that stood out for me more than anything, is that no matter in which country we are and for which Customs authority we work, we all speak the same language and deal with the same issues. This made the studies so much more interesting.
 
During the time of my studies I was selected by SARS management to be Acting Branch Manager at OR Tambo International Airport through their modernization process.  After completing my studies I was transferred to SARS head office where I was the Key Industry Manager responsible for Precious Metal, Meat and Dairy Products. During 2012 I left SARS and accepted a position with an International Clearing and Forwarding Company as their National Compliance Manager, responsible for all Customs affairs, Cargo Security Part 108 as well as all other regulatory activities within the company.
 
SARS has also been in the process of rewriting the Customs & Excise Act 91 of 1964 into a New Control and Duty Bill that is scheduled to come into effect in 2015.  I was nominated by the South African Association of Freight Forwarders as their project leader to consolidate and present the South African Freight Industry’s comments and input to SARS on the new legislation before it becomes law.
 
The MICLA studies I have completed have really given me a broader understanding and global perspective on Customs practices, which has assisted me greatly with the various responsibilities and positions I have experienced since graduating in 2011. I feel encouraged by the empowerment and knowledge gained to pursue my studies even further towards a full Doctorate Degree.

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Student Farewell Lunch

On Wednesday 19th November 2014, CCES hosted a Farewell lunch for a number of our on-shore students. The students are nationals from around the world including United Arab Emirates, Syria, South Sudan, Angola, Indonesia and Australia to name a few.

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SARS Customs Officials Graduate

11 officials of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) were recently awarded University of Canberra Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters in International Customs Law & Administration at the sixth annual UC/CCES/SARS graduation ceremony held at the SARS Academy in Pretoria, South Africa.  Our Academic Director Greg Weppner represented CCES and the university at the event held on 3 December 2014.

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ESAMI Graduation – Master in Business Administration Customs Management

On 22 November 2014, 15 students from the African continent graduated with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Customs Management at a Graduation Ceremony held in Arusha, Tanzania at the East and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI). This is the third group from the region to graduate with a specialised MBA in Customs Management.

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2015 PICARD Conference to be Held in Baku, Azerbaijan

The State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan was successful in the bid to host the 10th Annual WCO PICARD Conference. In that regard, on the last day of the 2014 PICARD Conference in Mexico it was announced that the 2015 WCO PICARD Conference will be held in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan and hosted by Azerbaijan Customs.

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Wes Czyzowicz Celebrates 45 Years of Scientific Work

Professor Wieslaw “Wes” Czyzowicz, Member of the INCU Advisory Board, Member of KGH Border Services International Advisory Board - and former Deputy Finance Minister & Director General of Polish Customs – recently celebrated his 65th birthday and 45th anniversary of his scientific work.

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TNT

CCES has been engaged by TNT to conduct a further round of a business-focused Strategic Export Controls Training Program in 2014/2015. The CCES program forms a component of the career development training for TNT employees who work in international trade and export related areas.

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Elements of International Trade – Commercial Transactions Workshop

In response to a request by the ACT Exporters Network and the ACT Government, CCES Senior Lecturers Brent Juratowitch and Dr. Mikhail Kashubsky were engaged to facilitate a workshop on International Trade Commercial Transactions on 19th November 2014 in Canberra.

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WORLD CUSTOMS JOURNAL

Please note the release arrangements of the World Customs Journal. For the first three months following the release of each new edition, the Journal will be available to INCU Members in the Members-only area of the INCU website. After three months, the Journal will be made available to the general public. All past editions are available to the public.

 

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