Tailor-made track

Mercator Programme

A WCO Initiative to Support WTO TFA Implementation

In June 2014, in the presence of WTO Director-General Azevedo, the WCO Council launched a strategic initiative to support trade facilitation, namely the WCO Mercator Programme. The Programme better positions the WCO to consolidate and promote its efforts in the area of trade facilitation support under a specific new branding.

The Mercator Programme is aimed at assisting governments worldwide to implement trade facilitation measures expeditiously and in a harmonized manner by using core WCO instruments and tools, such as the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), while ensuring connectivity at borders and along international trade supply chains, thereby providing a consolidated platform for advancing the smooth flow of goods being traded around the world.

In addition, it is also globally recognized that WCO Member Customs administrations widely benefit from the WCO’s global network of Regional Offices for Capacity Building and Regional Training Centers, including the pool of accredited experts from its Members, in many trade facilitation-related areas.

All government agencies, including Customs administrations, will become better acquainted with existing WCO tools and WCO Members’ practices and experiences concerning various trade facilitation measures. The Mercator Programme reduces the risk of a non-standardized approach which could lead to divergent implementation practices.