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Gabon accedes to the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention

15 noviembre 2012

Brussels, 15 November 2012


Press Release

The Deputy Director General of Gabon Customs, Pastor Ngoua N’neme, deposited his country’s instrument of accession to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (Revised Kyoto Convention) with the World Customs Organization on 15 November 2012.

“The WCO is delighted that the number of Contracting Parties to the Revised Kyoto Convention continues to show an upward trend,” said WCO Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya. “I would therefore strongly encourage other WCO Members to accede to this important Customs instrument as soon as possible,” he added.

Some of the Convention’s key elements include the application of simplified Customs procedures in a predictable and transparent environment, the maximum use of information technology, the utilization of risk management, a strong partnership with the trade and other stakeholders, and a readily accessible system of appeals.

Having entered into force on 3 February 2006, the Revised Kyoto Convention now has 85 Contracting Parties, and is regarded as a blueprint for effective and modern Customs procedures.

Gabon has been a Member of the WCO since 18 February 1965.