The WCO TEG-NII meets in Uganda to discuss the global standard for a NII data format

16 March 2018

The 3rd Technical Experts Group on Non-Intrusive Inspection (TEG-NII) meeting took place in Kampala, Uganda from 12 to 13 March 2018 and was hosted by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA). The meeting brought together more than 55 participants from WCO Member administrations and NII Industry members. 

The meeting was opened by the Assistant Commissioner Enforcement Ms. Agnes Nabwire who welcomed the participants to Uganda and highlighted the importance of the NII issues that the Group was mandated to discuss. The Meeting was chaired by Mr. Joris Groeneveld from Dutch Customs.

The Meeting had two centres of focus. Day 1 was set aside to discuss the updates of Phase 2 of the Unified File Format (UFF) Development Programme while Day 2 was dedicated to discussing NII technical issues proposed by Members.

The members of the TEG-NII were informed of the technical challenges of the UFF Phase 2 digital pilot faced by the vendors and the need for more time to complete the pilot.  The Meeting concluded with a concrete way forward for the UFF Phase 2 and some of the technical issues that were discussed during the second day.