WCO Risk Management Forum

30 August 2012

The conference in summary

Date: 28 – 29 June 2010

Venue: WCO Secretariat, rue du Marché 30, B-1210 Brussels, Belgium

Forum Objectives

Intelligence-driven risk management is one of the cornerstones of the “Customs in the 21st Century” strategy forming the basis of WCO’s forward thinking. Risk based operating models enable Customs administrations to allocate resources effectively and efficiently to their business operations while enabling the focus on areas posing highest risk to customs compliance. Therefore, risk management allows Customs administrations to better achieve the dual goal of enhanced compliance and security whilst maximizing facilitation benefits and opportunities. In the era of declining resources, risk management is one of the key enablers for Customs administrations to meet the continuously growing governmental and societal expectations placed on them.

The major objectives of the Forum are

· Identify and analyze the key concepts of Customs Risk Management

· Discuss the role of intelligence in managing risks

· Exchange experiences and good practices in managing risks

· Outline the need for building risk management related capacity

· Forge new partnerships and provide a platform for dialogue and cooperation between the WCO Members as well as the WCO Members and other key stakeholders in the sphere of risk management

Why attend?

· Explore how risk management can help Customs Administrations to better balance their control and facilitation related goals;

· Learn how risk management can assist in allocating resources more effectively on goods and passenger flows posing the highest risk to customs compliance;

· Learn how risk management is used by other Customs Administrations and private sector;

· Learn how intelligence and technology are used to support risk management;

· Learn about the use of computerized risk assessment systems in Customs;

· Explore how risk management is used to enhance revenue collection, the detection of threats to security and consumer safety, and other priority areas for Customs compliance;

· Explore how to build risk management capacity


· Customs executives and practitioners

· Government officials (law-enforcement agencies, etc.)

· International organizations

· Private sector

· Donor organizations

· Academia

· Other interested organizations

Language Interpretation (English, French, Spanish)