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Instruments and Tools

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Instruments and Tools

  • Conventions

    The Revised Kyoto Convention, The ATA System(ATA and Istanbul Conventions), The Customs Convention on Containers 1972, Conventions and Programmes Concerning Export controls.

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  • Recommendations

    11 July 2012

    One of the most practical instruments for securing the highest degree of harmonization is Recommendations that have been adopted by the WCO Council.

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  • Tools

    Tools are non binding informal publications developed by the WCO to assist their Members and traders in the field of Customs.

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Instruments and Tools for Trade Facilitation and Economic Competitiveness

  • Ecommerce

    Survey on Cross-Border E-Commerce

    The WCO has carried out a short survey to collect Members’ current practices and ongoing and/or future initiatives on cross-border low-value e-commerce. The survey findings are structured into different sub-categories based on the key findings of each section. They are: facilitation, risk management, data exchange/Cooperation with E-Commerce Operators, control and enforcement, and revenue collection.

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  • Guidelines for strengthening cooperation and the exchange of information between Customs and Tax authorities at the national level

    Guidelines on Customs-Tax Cooperation

    The Guidelines aim to provide reference guidance to Customs and Tax authorities who wish to go further in their cooperation and develop operational models which enable agencies to work together to their mutual benefit.

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  • WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the WCO Mercator Programme Approach to Implementation”

    WCO implementing the WTO TFA

    This part of the WCO website will bring you all relevant information regarding the implementation of the TFA and provide Members with guidance on how to implement it.

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  • Transparency and Predictability Guidelines

    Transparency and Predictability Guidelines

    Transparency and predictability of regulations and procedures at borders are widely recognized as an essential element of trade facilitation. Transparency and predictability are the starting point for ensuring the efficiency and, ultimately, the stability of a rules-based environment for goods crossing the border.

    The Guidelines aim to provide Customs administrations with comprehensive and practical guidance on how to enhance and commit to their transparency and predictability, with a view to trade facilitation and integrity.

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  • Customs Brokers Study

    Study Report on Customs Brokers

    This document provides a general background and overview of Customs brokers’ role in the international supply chain together with some suggested policy and organizational considerations on Customs broker regimes and a model checklist for licensing/regulating brokers.

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  • NCFT

    National Committees on Trade Facilitation - A WCO Guide

    The purpose of this document is to share relevant information on WCO Members’ experiences and their roles in the Na­tional Committees on Trade Facilitation (NCTFs) for the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). This guidance on the establishment and maintenance of NCTFS supplements many WCO tools that already support the implementation of the TFA and related cooperation of all stakeholders.



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  • CB partnership guidance

    Customs-Business Partnership Guidance

    A detailed guidance for developing a robust and sustained engagement/partnership mechanism with Business. It would also assists Members in the implementation of relevant provisions of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), in particular Articles 2, 7.7, 12 (1) and 23 (2), which foresee closer cooperation with private sector stakeholders. Additionally, the Guidance contains an Advanced Pillar which provides a range of new opportunities to further strengthen and advance an existing well-established relationship.

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  • IT Guide for Executives

    IT Guide for Executives

    The Guide provides information and insights into the strategic management process concerning the use of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) in Customs.

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  • Economic Competitiveness Package Logo EN

    Economic Competitiveness Package

    A package comprised of all WCO instruments which may contribute to trade facilitation and economic competitiveness.


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  • The Revised Kyoto Convention

    This is the quality standard for a modern, well-functioning Customs administration. The Revised Kyoto Convention provides a comprehensive set of uniform principles for simple, effective and predictable Customs procedures with effective Customs control.


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  • Global Supply Chain Security

    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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  • TRS

    Time Release Study

    No time to read this? No time to do that? But for Customs, less time is better!! The Time Release Study provides guidance to Customs administrations on the best way to review, jointly with other agencies in a cross-border and coordinated border management environment, the time required for the release of goods, and take potential corrective measures for continuous improvement.

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  • AEO Compendium

    AEO Compendium (2016 edition)

    Want to know who is doing what, across the globe, to secure and facilitate trade through Customs-Business partnership? The revised edition of the AEO Compendium, encompassing SAFE AEO programmes, Compliance programmes and the Authorized Operator scheme of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ATF), is available.

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  • Single Window

    Single Window Guidelines

    The Document “Single Window: Implications for Customs Administrations”, the Single Window Data Harmonization Guidelines, the Compendium on “How to Build a Single Window Environment”, Recommendation 33 of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business.

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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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  • Data Model

    WCO Data Model

    The WCO Data Model is a set of carefully combined data requirements that are mutually supportive and are updated on a regular basis to meet the procedural and legal needs of cross-border regulatory agencies such as, but not limited to, Customs, that control export, import and transit transactions. It is consistent with other international standards and is Single Window compatible.

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  • Voluntary Compliance Framework

    Voluntary Compliance Framework

    The Voluntary Disclosure Programmes give clients a chance to correct inaccurate or incomplete information or to disclose information that clients have not reported during previous dealings with Customs authorities, without penalties in the appropriate circumstances. The Voluntary Compliance Framework will help traders comply voluntarily and correctly with Customs law, regulations or requirements.

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