It will not have escaped anyone's attention that many territories in the region have implemented a variety of measures that include the closure of workplaces. At PwC WMS, we are used to working as a virtual cross-regional team, hence it is pretty much business as usual from a service delivery point of view. Nevertheless, it may be useful to know where we are physically delivering our services from around the region. Current situation is as follows:
|China offices:||Teams split in two, working in office on alternate days|
|Indonesia:||Working from home until at least 1 June|
|Japan:||Working from home until at least 1 June|
|Malaysia:||Working from home until at least 9 June|
|Myanmar:||Working from home until further notice|
|Philippines:||Working from home until at least 30 May|
|Singapore:||Working from home until at least 1 June|
|Taiwan:||Working in the office as usual|
|Thailand:||Working from home until at least 31 May|
|Vietnam:||Working from home until further notice|
The customs authorities in many territories are not operating as usual. Physical meetings may not be possible, and they are typically not (yet) very open to discussing or agreeing on matters through virtual meetings. Many audits are on hold, and a range of measures, some trade facilitative, some trade restrictive, have been put in place. Watch for the next issue of Trade Intelligence, due out next week, for a consolidated overview of what's happening.
Meanwhile, feel free to reach out to your usual PwC WMS contact by e-mail or mobile phone, or drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.