Information Management Sub-Committee

Confirmed by the Council - June 2003
Updated - June 2005

Established: 1996

Duration : Unspecified
1. Mandate

The Information Management Sub-Committee (IMSC) is established in order to initiate work and studies on all aspects of the use of Information Technology and the management of information in the Customs area, with a view to allowing for greater facilitation of international trade, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of Customs control and identifying potentials for improving existing systems and reducing costs. To this end the IMSC will take only those actions which support the WCO Strategic Plan. The Information Management Sub-Committee reports to the PTC.
2. Membership
Each Member of the WCO and any other Contracting Party to a Convention established or administered by the WCO shall have the right to be represented as a member on the IMSC. However, opinions on any matter concerning a particular Convention shall be formulated only by the representatives of Contracting Parties to that Convention. Other representatives to which that Convention does not apply shall participate in the discussion as observers only. Subject to the approval of the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee, the Secretary General may invite representatives of non-Member governments or of international organizations to attend meetings of the Sub-Committee as observers.
3. Purpose and Scope
To achieve the mandate, the IMSC should :

  • Evaluate and keep Members informed of new IT developments and their impact on Customs;
  • Provide advice and guidance and launch special programmes for Members to assist them in streamlining current procedures, in progressively adopting IT/electronic commerce and in resolving difficulties (e.g. with electronic signatures and other legal issues);
  • Seek access for Members to additional resources to implement automation and electronic commerce/EDI by co-operating with other governmental and non-governmental international organizations;
  • Continue to promote, in close co-operation with other international organizations, the implementation of electronic commerce, including UN/EDIFACT, for the interchange of Customs information among Customs administrations and between Customs administrations and trade participants;
  • Identify Members’ training needs in IT and EDI and seek the assistance, where necessary, of Member administrations and other international organizations for this training;
  • Assist Members in enhancing their efforts in Customs control and trade facilitation by employing electronic commerce/EDI.