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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.

To make GNC a reality, an Ad Hoc Working Group was set up by the WCO to undertake “a comprehensive analysis of the potential to rationalize, harmonize and standardize the secure and efficient exchange of information between WCO Members”. This article sets out the strategic value of GNC in clear and simple terms, and includes frequently asked questions.