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RECOMMENDATION OF THE CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION COUNCIL
CONCERNING THE SINGLE GOODS DECLARATION
(26 JUNE 1990)

 

THE CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION COUNCIL,

DESIRING to facilitate international trade by simplifying and harmonizing Goods declaration formalities,

DESIRING to harmonize the data elements required by the Customs for import, export and Customs transit,

DESIRING to harmonize the lay-out of Goods declaration for import,export and Customs transit,

CONSIDERING that the introduction of a uniform Goods declaration worldwide for import, export and Customs transit would ensure the attainment of the above objectives,

NOTING that the introduction of a uniform Goods declaration worldwide for Customs purposes would greatly facilitate the shift to Electronic Data Interchange as a means of transmitting international trade data,

NOTING the desire of a number of Member Customs administrations and of certain international organizations promoting trade facilitation to introduce such a uniform Goods declaration as soon as possible,

EMPHASIZING that the present Recommendation is a provisional instrument pending the elaboration and entry into force of an international Convention on the Single Goods Declaration,

RECOMMENDS that any Members of the Council and any members of the United Nations or its specialized agencies as well as Customs or Economic Unions should :

- test or introduce, as far as possible, in lieu of their existing Goods declaration forms for import, export and Customs transit, the Single Goods Declaration form in Annex I in accordance with the rules in Annex III, and having regard to the Explanatory Notes set out in Annex II,

RECOMMENDS that the result of such tests or introduction should be submitted to the Secretariat of the Customs Co-operation Council by the end of January 1992, to be taken into account when elaborating an international Convention on the Single Goods Declaration,

REQUESTS any Members of the Council and any members of the United Nations or its specialized agencies as well as Customs or Economic Unions which accept this Recommendation to notify the Secretary General of the date from which they will apply the Recommendation and of the conditions of its application. The Secretary General will transmit this information to the Customs administrations of all Members of the Council. He will also transmit it to the Customs administrations of the members of the United Nations or its specialized agencies or any Customs or Economic Unions which have accepted this Recommendation.

* The Customs Co-operation Council is the official name of the World Customs Organization.