WCO Strategic Trade Control Enforcement Implementation Guide

WCO Strategic Trade Control Enforcement Implementation GuideThis implementation guide responds to requests from World Customs Organization (WCO) Members for practical assistance related to enforcing strategic trade controls. It should serve as a guide for WCO Members in the development and review of their Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) processes and procedures and provide a framework for training along those lines. Depending on each administration’s situation this guide will serve different purposes, whether it is to know how to take the first step or how to enhance the effectiveness of an existing system. As a guide, the recommendations included are not mandatory.

It is divided into two principal sections, one for senior Customs managers and policy officials and one for operational Customs officers. The section for senior managers discusses the importance of strategic trade controls, the role of Customs, and how to establish STCE procedures and processes and create conditions for their success. The section for operational Customs officers discusses techniques used to carry out those activities. In particular, this section outlines the major functions that comprise the overall strategic trade control process and several related activities.

Several Annexes follow those two sections. Annex I tabulates some of the international STCE commitments taken by WCO Members relative to the international framework discussed in section 1.1.2. Annex II provides a concise background on the weapons of mass destruction that largely determine what goods are considered strategic in the international context. Annex III provides profiles of many strategic goods. This Annex has been organized following the Chapters of the Harmonized System (HS) to provide a reference on strategic goods from a Customs perspective. Annex IV briefly discusses some challenges in using the HS for strategic goods and outlines some other coding systems that may be considered. Annex V uses one of those coding systems, the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry, to provide a concise list of strategic chemicals by CAS number. Finally, Annex VI provides a glossary of terms and Annex VII provides an alphabetical index of the strategic commodities presented in Annex III.