Customs Enforcement Network (CEN)

As the pioneer of the CEN suite, the CEN application was conceived to assist the Customs enforcement community in gathering data and information for intelligence purposes. This module acts as a central depositary for enforcement-related information; its success resting squarely on the steady flow of quality data provided by all WCO Members.

An updated version of the CEN application was introduced in 2011. At its core is a database of seizures and offences as well as pictures required for the analysis of illicit trafficking in the various areas of Customs’ competence. A communication component facilitates cooperation between users at the international level, while the CEN website gives them the possibility to consult various enforcement-related publications such as alerts, analytical reports and informational bulletins.

In a constant effort to improve the application, new functions and features are periodically introduced to make the system increasingly user-friendly. From its accessibility via all browsers, automatic password expiry notifications, to a powerful search function for cases or photos, the ability to extract the search results to an Excel spread sheet or upload a large number of cases at once via the automatic upload capability, the CEN application is developing to meet the needs of users across the globe, who contribute ideas on a daily basis into the CEN discussion forum.

The CEN application is essentially an analytical tool. Its functions allow users to mine data, which is crucial in terms of defining strategies, preparing risk indicators and identifying trends. The MS Access database that can be downloaded from the CEN, while the in-built statistics feature makes it easy to convert this data into tangible results. Intelligence is a vital element of enforcement, and the CEN application enables all WCO Members to access a critical mass of information which forms the basis of intelligence.

For more information on the CEN, please contact cis@wcoomd.org.