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Ronaldo Medina

Tax and Customs Attache of Brazil to the United States, Former Under Secretary (DG) of Receita Federal

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Ronaldo Medina

Ronaldo Lázaro Medina has been working for the Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB), the federal tax administration and customs in Brazil, since 1994.

At RFB, he counts more than 20 years in the customs area, including having held the position of Coordinator-General of Customs Administration from 2002 to 2007. In this period, the Brazilian Customs adopted a risk analysis management approach, implemented its post-clearance audit program, developed special tax regimes under online and automatized control, gave the first steps towards its Authorized Economic Operator program (than called “Linha Azul” – “Blue Line”), developed the first artificial intelligence algorithms applied to customs targeting, and put into operation the first customs-private sector cooperation program with remarkable outcomes in terms of trade facilitation, among other important improvements.

From May 2007 to December 2010, he worked mainly in the tax area, especially coordinating studies related to indirect taxation and collection forecasting.

Between January 2011 and February 2016, he served as Special Adviser for customs and tax matters related to foreign trade at the Office of the Secretary of the Federal Revenue of Brazil.

During this period, he coordinated the preparation team for major international sporting events (2013 FIFA Confederation Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games) for tax and customs matters, and served as one of the RFB leaders for the team of the Federal Government that formulated the Single Window of Foreign Trade program (Portal Único de Comércio Exterior, or simply called the “Portal”). He also coordinated the technical RFB team in charge of analyzing the Doing Business (World Bank) indicators for the tax and foreign trade areas.

Between February 2016 and March 2018, he held the post of Under Secretary of Customs and International Relations of the Federal Revenue of Brazil. In this period, he conducted the transition of Brazilian exports to the Portal (concluded at the beginning of 2018), initiated the Authorized Economic Operator Program integration with other federal agencies (Integrated-AEO), and also coordinated and implemented the 2017 reform of the international parcels regime (express shipments).

Since June 2018, he holds the post of Tax and Customs Attaché at the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC and works in cooperation with the RFB team in charge of the analysis of the tax reform.

He is Brazilian and has a Bachelor´s degree in Economics and a Bachelor´s degree in Law.

Ronaldo Medina Sessions

  • June 19, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    Invisible Borders and the Movement of Goods: AEOs and the Future of Government/Private Sector Partnerships

    This panel will discuss border development and government-private sector partnerships to facilitate movement of goods, including Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) programs and progress under the SAFE Framework. The panel will include a discussion on the Iceberg Theory of border control, i.e., alternative compliance measures, inspections and controls away from the frontier in the light of major Customs challenges like Brexit....

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