WCO News N°72 - October 2013


CONTENT (Download the Full October 2013 Issue in PDF Format)

04   Flash info

04 - Data quality and economic competitive amongst the “flotsam” of a ship wreck

06 - The nCEN application, bridging the gap through technology

08 - Ten years of promoting safety in the use of biotechnology

08 - Enabling Trade 2013: What About Small & Medium Sized Enterprises?


10   Dossier : WCO Council

10 - Together, we are prepared for all eventualities
       By Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization

12 - Latest developments in WCO areas of work: compliance, facilitation, capacity building, and tariff and 
       trade affairs

21 - Signing ceremonies

22 - 2013 WCO IPR Competition

23 - 2013 WCO Photo Competition

23 - Council Chairperson and Secretary General re-elected for new terms


24   Panorama

24 - Customs and trade developments in east and central Africa’s northern transport corridor 
       By Creck Buyonge, Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Centre for Customs & Excise Studies

26 - Sri Lanka celebrates 20 years of dedication towards conservation 
       By K.P.D.C.H. Kaushalya, Assistant Superintendent Of Customs, Biodiversity, Cultural and National 
       Heritage Protection Branch, Sri Lanka Customs

28 - Nigeria develops an organic National Single Window 
       By West Blue Consulting

30 - New Zealand Single Window opens for business 
       By New Zealand Customs

32 - The other side of airport crime: uncovering internal conspiracies 
       By Martin Saelman, Dutch Customs Liaison Officer, Schiphol Airport


34   Zoom

36 - Argentine Customs


36   Focus

36 - Trust but verify how US Customs and Border Protection supports America’s economy 
       By Marcy Mason, Us Customs and Border Protection

40 - Drafting rules of origin in free trade agreements 
       By Stefano Inama

42 - The Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin: remedying the 
        “spaghetti bowl effect” 
        By Pierre-Jacques Larrieu, Jan Vangheluwe and Guillaume Dorey, European Commission’s 
        Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union


46  Point of view

46 - From borders to boundless: the digital dilemma in Customs 
       By James Canham and members of the Accenture Global Customs Industry Team

48 - Intercepting next generation threats 
       By David Haskett, Thruvision Technical Consultant at Digital Barriers

50 - Beyond the Single Window 
       By Leigh H. Coen, Business Architect, IBM Global Center of Competence for Government, Ziv Baida, 
       IBM Lead Global Consultant for the Customs Industry, Norbert W. Kouwenhoven, IBM Solutions 
       Leader for Customs and Borders Management


52  In conversation

52 - “Customs administrations should equip themselves with the necessary tools for performing objective
         and quantified measurement of units’ performance – good and bad”, Sévon-Tépé Kodjo Adedze, 
        Director General of Togo Customs


56   Events

56 - Women in Customs, trade and leadership

58 - Calendar of Events