Gan Lu: Set­ting Cus­toms Rules

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Af­ter climb­ing the cus­toms lad­der to be­come a se­nior of­fi­cial at the World Cus­toms Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( WCO), Gan Lu com­pares her ca­reer de­vel­op­ment to China’s ever-ex­pand­ing role in the global cus­toms sec­tor.

Un­der­stand­ably, when Gan fin­ished her ser­vice in the army and trans­ferred to civil­ian work 17 years ago, she had no idea that her fu­ture would be so bright. With so many new things to learn, she felt like a fish out of water as she stum­bled into Guangzhou Cus­toms. A quick learner and dili­gent worker, within a year, Gan was al­ready a stand­out mem­ber of the team. She was later trans­ferred to the Guangzhou branch of the im­port and ex­port com­modi­ties clas­si­fi­ca­tion cen­ter of China Cus­toms be­fore she was pro­moted to a cus­toms of­fi­cer rep­re­sent­ing China in set­ting global cus­toms rules.

Since 2000, Gan has been dis­patched by China Cus­toms on many mis­sions to per­form re­search in prepa­ra­tion for re­vi­sions of ma­jor cus­toms reg­u­la­tions. One of her great­est con­tri­bu­tions has been a key role in for­mu­lat­ing the na­tion’s ex­port and im­port com­modi­ties clas­si­fi­ca­tion reg­u­la­tions.

In 2008, Gan set off on her in­ter­na­tional mis­sion rep­re­sent­ing China and has since at­tended more than 20 meet­ings at the WCO. By 2014, her ex­tra­or­di­nary work had won the hearts of her in­ter­na­tional peers, and she was elected head of the work­ing group for Har­mo­nized Sys­tem (HS) of the WCO and re-elected the next year. In 2016, she be­came the watch­dog of the HS com­mit­tee of the WCO.

The HS, also known as the Har­mo­nized Com­mod­ity De­scrip­tion and Cod­ing Sys­tem, is an in­ter­na­tion­ally stan­dard­ized ndard­ized sys­tem of names and num­bers to clas­sify traded prod­ucts. Gan’s lead­ing role ole in a global trade pol­icy-mak­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion niza­tion tes­ti­fies to China’s grow­ing in­flu­ence ence in world trade.

As a Party mem­ber, Gan con­sid­ers nsid­ers her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties even heav­ier. She is a

fre­quent visi­tor to the WCO head­quar­ters dquar­ters in Brus­sels. Owing to her pro­fes­sion­al­ism and flu­ent English, she has helped her coun­try have a big­ger say in set­ting ing world trade rules.

In 2013, Gan be­gan lead­ing a work­ing team jointly formed by China Cus­toms us­toms and the In­ter­na­tional Net­work for or Bam­boo and Rat­tan, an in­de­pen­dent in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished blished in 1997, to de­velop and pro­mote in­no­va­tive nno­va­tive so­lu­tions to poverty and en­vi­ron­men­tal nmen­tal sus­tain­abil­ity us­ing bam­boo and d rat­tan prod­ucts. Af­ter four years of re­search, search, Gan suc­cess­fully pro­posed 10 dif­fer­ent if­fer­ent sub- cat­e­gories for bam­boo and rat­tan com­modi­ties to the WCO.

She changed the HS again by y adding Chi­nese-made aer­o­bridges to o the list, end­ing the prod­ucts’ up­hill strug­gle ggle to gain trac­tion in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. . “Our job is to dig deep into the rules to o win the power of speech,” said Gan.

She wit­nessed China’s na­tion­wide nwide cam­paign of cus­toms in­te­gra­tion, n, which was pi­loted in Guangzhou and has as helped en­ter­prises sim­plify cus­toms clear­ance arance since 2015. The re­form saved en­ter­prises ter­prises 22.8 mil­lion yuan (US$3.47 mil­lion) lion) in cus­toms clear­ance ex­penses in n 2016. Guangzhou Cus­toms de­vel­oped their own branded project: e-cus­toms. The plat­form in­te­grates the in­ter­net, logistics and cus­toms to help or­di­nary peo­ple ship p com­modi­ties in­ter­na­tion­ally. In 2016 alone, Guangzhou Cus­toms han­dled 240 0 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional pack­ages.

As a del­e­gate to the 19th CPC C Na­tional Con­gress, Gan sees this new role e as a fresh start for even harder work. “Join­ing the CPC means ded­i­ca­tion to serv­ing rv­ing the peo­ple,” said Gan. “Serv­ing the peo­ple is spe­cific rather than ab­stract. It calls alls for ac­tion more than words.”


Septem­ber 14, 2017: Work­ers color cof­fee cups at a ce­ram­ics en­ter­prise in De­hua County, Fu­jian Prov­ince be­fore they are ex­ported to the United States. by Song Wei­wei/xin­hua June 2, 2017: Work­ers on a pro­duc­tion line of Lo­vol Heavy In­dus­try Co., Ltd. in...

Septem­ber 8, 2017: A con­tainer wharf for ex­ports in Qing­dao, Shan­dong Prov­ince. Ex­port com­modi­ties clas­si­fi­ca­tion guides vir­tu­ally all cus­toms work. VCG

Oc­to­ber 24, 2017: The 19th CPC Na­tional Con­gress con­cludes at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Beijing. Gan is in­ter­viewed by a group of jour­nal­ists af­ter the clos­ing cer­e­mony. by Jin Li­wang/xin­hua

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