Chian Voen Wong is a senior trade consultant in the antitrust, competition, and trade regulation practice group. She advises clients on international trade issues, including trade, customs, export controls, sanctions and other regulatory requirements, and investment rules. She works with clients to design optimal supply chain flows, leveraging on free trade agreements (FTA), bonded schemes, free trade zones, incentive programs, etc. She also has extensive experience advising clients on Customs, regulatory, and operational matters, including classification rulings, valuation, customs audits, investigations and voluntary disclosures, origin certification and verification, labelling, export control requirements and internal compliance programs, economic sanctions, and technical regulations and requirements (such as China’s CCC Certification and exemption, hazardous chemicals regulations, cosmetic product notification requirements), and product recalls.
Chian Voen has engaged with regulatory authorities on various matters, such as the China Customs, the Anti-smuggling Bureau in China, the Singapore Customs, the Health Sciences Authority in Singapore, the Singapore Police, the Royal Malaysian Customs, Malaysia’s ministries of Finance and International Trade and Industry, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise Department and the Trade and Industry Department, Taiwan’s Customs Administration, ministries of Economic Affairs and Agriculture, and Papua New Guinea’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In addition, she provides assistance in evaluating government policies for consistency with World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules and devising WTO-consistent incentive programmes and policies. She also advises clients on formulating strategies for engaging government authorities in support of the clients' interests in international trade negotiations and trade/regulatory developments. She also provides sovereign clients with advice and assistance on international trade negotiations, including the consideration and definition of negotiating options and strategies.
Prior to joining the firm, Chian Voen served as a director at a global law firm. She was also formerly an assistant director of the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and an assistant manager at the International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore, now known as Enterprise Singapore). She was involved in FTA negotiations (Rules of Origin, or “ROO”) with New Zealand, Japan, the European Free Trade Area, the United States, and Mexico.
- Speaker on “Trade Policies, Trade Politics and Trade Agreements”, International Trading Professional Conversion Program organized by the International Trading Institute, Singapore Management University, 2017, 2018 & 2019
- Panelist for the Asia-Pacific Regional Round of the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, 2016, 2017 & 2018
- FTA Panel of Advisors, IE Singapore (2009 – 2014)
- Member, AmCham Shanghai Customs Liaison Taskforce (2010 – 2012)
- "What should Singapore businesses look out for when the US re-introduces sanctions on Iran?", 8 August 2018
- "The Stakes in the US-China Trade War", 26 July 2018
- Without the United States, 11 Countries Conclude a Revised Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement, Mar 2018
- China Customs Focuses on Voluntary Disclosures and Under-reporting of Royalties, Sept 2016
- Singapore: Benefits of integration still far off for businesses, Singapore Straits Times, Dec 2015
- Controversies Standing in the Path to TPP Ratification, Oct 2015
- The Meaty Impact Of The WTO's Argentina Beef Ruling, Law360, Aug 2015
- WTO Panel Rules Against US Measures Affecting Importation of Animals, Meat and Other Animal Products from Argentina, July 2015
- Vietnamese Exporters Need to Plan for FTA Lawsuit Liability, Viet Nam News, May 2015
- Vietnam Enterprises Must be Ready for Trade Barriers Abroad, Self-defense at Home: Experts, , May 2015
- Workshop on improving export business awareness in trade remedies, VietnamPlus, May 2015
- Will Vietnam Sink or Swim Amid a Proliferation of FTA?, Vietnam Economic Times, Feb 2015
- Coping with Commitments, Vietnam Economic Times, Feb 2015