Activities and Programmes

Procedures & Faciliation

Activities and Programmes

Activities and Programme

  • WTO Trade Facilitation Negotiations

    This section includes WCO and WTO documents related to the WTO trade facilitation negotiations.

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  • WCO SAFE Package

    Join the SAFE journey which began in 2005 ... and enhance global trade!! To understand this dynamic instrument that balances security, facilitation and Customs control, and opens the window to end-to-end trade supply chain management, visit this page.

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  • Coordinated Border Management

    Coordinated border management is now recognized by the Customs community as a potential solution for the challenges that the 21st century presents especially with respect to efficient and effective border management.

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  • Ecommerce

    Cross-Border e-Commerce

    WCO work done so far and what is next: definition and characteristics of E-Commerce, challenges faced by Customs administrations and other stakeholders, potential solutions...

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  • Free Trade Zone/ Special Customs Zone (SCZ)

    The expansion of SCZs has been driven mainly by political decisions with close linkages to the national economic development strategy. Thus, while in some countries Customs are the main governmental authorities that regulate and govern the SCZ regime and system, there are a number of countries where SCZs are governed by other authorities, with less involvement on the part of the Customs. Depending on the institutional set-up, the scope and degree of Customs control in SCZs and the economic operations carried out there varies considerably from one country to another.

    Furthermore, SCZs attract not only legitimate businesses but also international criminal organizations conducting fraud, money laundering and other illicit activities by taking advantage of the regulatory exemptions, as well as the absence of adequate Customs control.

    Considering the rapid expansion of SCZs, as well as the diversity of SCZs, an in-depth analysis of the current situation, through SCZ field studies and workshops in different WCO regions, is essential. This analysis should include the economic benefits of SCZs and good practices to enhance Customs controls through the utilization of IT and technologies.

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  • Globally Networked Customs

    Globally Networked Customs

    Driven by the need to ensure that WCO Members were well-positioned to meet the challenges and opportunities of the global trading environment, the WCO Council adopted its Customs in the 21st Century strategic vision in 2008. It comprises ten building blocks, of which Globally Networked Customs (GNC) is the first.

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  • National Single Window (NSW)

    It is generally recognized that Customs Administrations, as one of the Cross Border Regulatory Agencies, play a strategic role for the implementation of national economic and security policies accordingly Customs have a pivotal role in building National Single Window Environments.

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  • Natural Disaster Relief

    This section deals with Customs's role in natural disaster management and includes information on WCO intruments and tools relating to the movement of consignments containing goods for humanitarian assistance, initiatives taken by WCO Members, as well as the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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  • Customs requirements concerning the control of firearms on board ships

    The WCO Secretariat has produced a short questionnaire for Customs administrations on Customs requirements concerning the control of firearms and ammunition on board ships for use by privately contracted armed security personnel.

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