WCO and IPPC join forces to facilitate trade whilst protecting societies from undesirable effects

21 June 2018

Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), and Dr. Jingyuan Xia, Secretary of the International Plant Protection Convention, signed an agreement to promote cooperation on matters of common interest to help facilitate the international trade of plants and plant products in a safe and efficient manner at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels on 19 June 2018.

The areas where the two Organizations will cooperate include, but are not limited to: Electronic Data Exchange (ePhyto), eCommerce, Sea Containers, Single Window and Communication and Advocacy.  In addition, the WCO and IPPC will establish a joint work plan with specified activities focused on advancing their common goals.

The WCO and IPPC will exchange documents and publications, keeping each other informed of events and activities that may be of mutual interest. They will consult each other regularly on matters of common interest and will exchange information on new developments in their fields of activities and on relevant activities and projects. Where appropriate, they will also invite each other to participate as an observer, or as a speaker, at meetings and events.