Private Sector Consultative Group

Drafted - September 2005

Revised - December 2014

Confirmed by the Council - June 2015

Private Sector Consultative Group

Chairperson : Member of private sector

Vice-Chairperson : Member of private sector

Established : 2005

Secretariat : WCO

Duration : Unspecified

1. Mandate

The Private Sector Consultative Group (hereinafter referred to as the "PSCG"), is formed for the purpose of informing and advising the WCO Secretary General, the Policy Commission and WCO Members on Customs and international trade matters from the perspective of the private sector.

2. Membership

  • The WCO Secretary General, in consultation with the Council Chair and Regional
    Vice-Chairs, will appoint all PSCG members.
  • The PSCG should have a diverse (WCO region, business size (including small and medium sized enterprises), industry sector) membership.
  • The PSCG will consist of 21 members.
  • The PSCG will predominantly consist of businesses/manufacturers, and of associations.

3. Purpose and Scope

The purpose and scope of the PSCG is to inform and advise the WCO Secretary General, the Policy Commission and WCO Members on Customs and international trade matters from the perspective of the private sector. The PSCG complements the vital contributions made by private sector Observers to WCO Committee meetings. As the PSCG is an advisor to the WCO Secretary General, the Policy Commission and WCO Members, PSCG members will not be represented or participate as the "PSCG" at non-WCO external events.

4. Key Deliverables

  • The PSCG’s key deliverables are :
  • to inform and advise the WCO Secretary General, the Policy Commission and WCO Members on Customs and international trade matters from the perspective of the private sector;
  • to support the adoption and effective implementation of agreed WCO and other relevant international instruments;
  • to leverage business resources and government relationship to advocate for and implement programmes developed and adopted by the WCO.
  • The PSCG shall provide a written report for the Policy Commission and the Secretary General at the conclusion of each meeting.

5. Means of Operation

  • PSCG member terms will last three years, the term running from 1 July
    to 30 June.
  • PSCG members cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
  • The PSCG will employ a system of rotation where members leave the PSCG after their terms are completed, subject to transitional arrangements required to give initial effect to these terms.
  • Former PSCG members can be re-appointed to the PSCG after a three-year hiatus.
  • The PSCG Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson shall be elected by the PSCG members. The PSCG Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are subject to the same term of office and rotation policy as all PSCG members.
  • To promote continuity, the WCO Secretary General, in consultation with the Council Chair and Regional Vice-Chairs, will appoint new PSCG members when necessary so that terms are staggered and the PSCG always has 21 members.
  • The Secretary General will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that during the first year under the new governance terms the PSCG will have 21 members; this may require a temporary adjustment to the new term length rules for some appointments during the new PSCG’s first term.
  • Entities wishing to become members of the PSCG shall submit a written application to the WCO Secretary General.
  • The PSCG members will have Observer status with the WCO for the duration of their appointment to the PSCG and may be invited to attend official WCO meetings in an individual capacity where the Terms of Reference of such meetings permit such attendance.
  • The June Policy Commission agenda will include specific designated items pertaining to international trade, for which PSCG members and relevant
    non-PSCG Observers will be invited to attend.
  • Attendance at the December Policy Commission session will be limited to WCO Members. However, the PSCG may be invited to attend the December Policy Commission meeting at the discretion of the WCO Secretary General.
  • A WCO Secretariat representative shall be invited to attend and participate in PSCG meetings.

6. Resources Required

The PSCG may meet at WCO Headquarters.