WCO News N°77 - June 2015

WCO News 77

CONTENT (Download the June 2015 Issue in PDF Format)

04   Flash info

04 - Operation Cosmo – the first ever global WCO operation on strategic goods

05 - HS 2017 on the horizon

06 - Update on the WCO Revenue Package

07 - Global Trade and Customs Journal – the premier journal for international trade practitioners


08   Dossier: API/PNR

10 -  API and PNR: two key words on the global security agenda
        By Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization

14 - Challenges and opportunities of passenger data systems 
       By the WCO Secretariat

18 - Indonesia’s experience in building its Customs Passenger Data Exchange System 
       By Mr. Agung Krisdiyanto, Directorate of Enforcement and Investigation, Indonesian Customs

22 - The French API-PNR programme 
        By Christophe Hypolite, PNR Mission, General Directorate of Customs and Excise, France

26 - Japan's new approach to Passenger Name Records 
       By Hideharu TANAKA, Counsellor (International Cooperation), Customs and Tariff Bureau, Japan


29   Focus: Customs Laboratories

29 - Customs laboratories: available resources, assistance and networking possibilities 
       By the WCO Secretariat

34 - Customs laboratories, chemistry and excise: an historical introduction
       By Ignacio Suay-Matallana, postdoctoral fellow, Chemical Heritage Foundation, United States

36 - Dominican Republic opens top-notch Customs laboratory
       By the General Directorate of Customs of the Dominican Republic

38 - Is it possible to use a private laboratory as a Customs laboratory? 
       By Laila Jensen, Customs officer, and Preben Buchholtz Hansen, Director General, 
       Danish Customs and Tax Administration

40 - Customs laboratories in the United States: at the frontline of fighting fraud 
       By Marcy Mason, a writer who covers trade for US Customs and Border Protection


46   Panorama

46 - Mexico launches new strategy to combat informality 
       By the Tax Administration Service of Mexico 

48 - Strengthening export control capacity in the EU through a simulation exercise
       By Renaud Chatelus, senior visiting scientist, European Commission Joint Research Centre, 
       Institute for Transuranium Elements, Nuclear Security Unit, Ispra,

52 - Collaboration between the United Kingdom and the United States crushes trade fraud 
       By Susan Holliday, Branch Chief in the Office of Public Affairs at US Customs and Border Protection

54 - Ecuador undertakes a mirror analysis
       By the National Customs Service of Ecuador

57 - US Trade and Transparency Unit targets global trade-based money laundering schemes
       By Bernadette Smith, writer, US Immigration and Cutoms Enforcement


61   Zoom

56 - What ‘coordinated border management’ means for Canada
        By Luc Portelance, President, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)


64   In conversation

64 - The killing of elephants continues: what can be done to stop the accelerating risk of extinction?
        An interview with Dr. George Wittemyer from Colorado State University

68 - Tobacco taxes, illicit trade and plain packaging
        An interview with Luk Joossens from the Belgian Foundation against Cancer and the 
       Association of European Cancer Leagues


71   Events

71 - International Customs Day in pictures

71 - Calendar of Events