Warren Lee is an internationally recognized and respected expert in Customs and trade with a strong background in revenue enhancement and collection; trade facilitation; enforcement and training who has significantly impacted Customs policy, operations and relationships at both a national and international level.
Warren has over 40 years experience in the New Zealand Customs Service and overseas jurisdictions, particularly in assisting developing countries. This experience provides him with extensive and expansive Customs experience and technical knowledge, wide-ranging skills and depth in understanding in modern Customs administration, practises and procedures.
During his extensive career, Warren has developed specialist areas, which include trade facilitation, revenue collection and enhancement including Post Clearance Audit; fraud, commercial, and drug investigations, tariff classification, valuation, rules of origin, staff training and intelligence.
Warren now works as an independent consultant and has proven experience in policy development and implementation. This role requires understanding institutional strengthening and capacity building, the ability to provide policy advice as well as organisational and policy reviews and an understanding and ability to develop and implement policy.
Warren is a clear, strategic and practical person with excellent problem solving abilities and valuable strategic and organisational skills. Effective project management and the ability to deliver clear, concise and practical solutions combined with a result focus ensure that project objectives are attained. Warren's successful relationship management with internal and external contacts is derived from strong interpersonal and communication skills, high personal and professional ethics and integrity.
Warren is sensitive to and has an appreciation for cultural and social differences both in a commercial and community environment.
Specialties: Customs Valuation, Rules of Origin, Tariff/Classification/HS, Post Clearance Audit, Trade Facilitation, Revenue enhancement, WTO Accession, Modernisation, Capacity Building,Training and Mentoring