National Customs Enforcement Network (nCEN)

The National Customs Enforcement Network (nCEN) is a system developed by the WCO to assist Customs administrations with the collection and storage of law-enforcement information on the national level, with the additional capability to exchange this information at the regional and international levels. Through the adoption of the nCEN, administrations have the ability to manage information on all aspect of their law-enforcement functions, including seizures and offences and suspected persons or business entities, within a modern national system that can be standalone or used in a networked environment. The Information Communication Interface (Icomm) included in nCEN allows administrations to exchange data with other nCEN users provided the existence of a legal premise, or to transfer the non-nominal components of the data directly to the global CEN database.

As a first step in the comprehensive global implementation process, a road-map document with a questionnaire and the security guidelines were sent out to all WCO Members. The assessment of questionnaires and pre-deployment missions are carried out where necessary to identify and mitigate potential risks with the implementation plan. Following the procurement of hardware and the installation of the nCEN software, training workshops, possibly combined with intelligence analysis training, are organised at the regional or national levels.

In order to face the challenges of the digital age, Customs administrations must commit to continuous improvement and modernisation of their procedures and operational techniques. In a global economy based on information computerisation, the nCEN enables Customs administrations to take large steps on the path to good governance, trade facilitation, stricter law enforcement and ultimately sustainable development and economic growth.

For more information on the nCEN please contact ncen@wcoomd.org.