Global Information and Intelligence Strategy Project Group

Confirmed by the Council - June 2003

Updated - June 2005

Established : February 2002

Duration : Unspecified

Membership : As for Enforcement Committee


WCO Members control borders utilizing available information. A request has been made to develop a comprehensive and flexible Global Information and Intelligence Strategy which incorporates standards for tactical, operational and strategic intelligence and the principles of risk management, and which caters for all technical solutions ranging from paper-based systems to full computer-assisted systems.

The 21st Session of the Enforcement Committee approved the establishment of a small Project Group, the Global Information and Intelligence Strategy (GIIS) Project Group, to develop the Strategy.

1. Mandate

The GIIS Project Group mandate is to develop an applicable strategy that meets the needs of all Members for the development of Intelligence, including recommendations for bringing the Strategy into force, taking due account of the varying situation in Member administrations.

The GIIS Project Group’s mandate covers consideration of information - including nominal and/or personal data - and the relationship between information systems, including the Customs Enforcement Network (CEN).

2. Function and Scope

The development of a Global Information and Intelligence Strategy shall include consideration of the following issues :

  • The identification of Intelligence standards for tactical, operational and strategic Intelligence.
  • The elaboration of Intelligence support specific to Customs activities relating to airports and seaports, to subsequent investigations and to trade facilitation and management.
  • The incorporation of Intelligence collection, collation, evaluation, analysis and dissemination into Customs practices.
  • The identification of Intelligence products, such as alerts, trends, profiles, reports and messages.
  • The confirmation of Customs-specific Intelligence competencies.
  • The development of an Intelligence training curriculum.
  • The identification of clear linkages between Intelligence and Risk Management principles.
  • Planned and co-ordinated Intelligence liaison.
  • The management of information through to the development of Intelligence.
  • Quantitative and qualitative measurement parameters for completed Intelligence.
  • The incorporation of the strategy into WCO organizational structures and rules, including CEN and Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILOs).

3. Key Deliverables

The GIIS Project Group will :

  • Monitor and report on progress on implementation of the Global Information and Intelligence Strategy;
  • Further develop risk indicators (Standard Risk Assessments, General Risk Indicators, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR));
  • Further develop the vision document proposed by the Netherlands regarding the role of the WCO Intelligence structure and the RILO network.

4. Means of Operation

The GIIS Project Group is scheduled to meet on a periodic basis to carry out its work.

As far as possible, the GIIS Project Group will manage its work through electronic means. Drafts seeking comment will be placed on the Members’ Web site and may be accessed by project members as well as all WCO administrations.

The GIIS Project Group will consult with Members through the WCO Regional Vice-Chairpersons and will seek timely input and feedback on draft reports.

The GIIS Project Group will consult with other Committees and Working Groups, including CENMaT, the Expert Group on Electronic Crime and the WCO/Business Partnership, to identify linkages and overlaps.

5. Resources Required

It is acknowledged that costs associated with the work of the GIIS Project Group will be borne by participants’ home administrations.

The WCO Secretariat will facilitate meeting arrangements as required, including interpretation and documentary support.