WCO completes virtual diagnostic mission for the implementation of the Basel Convention’s plastic waste amendments

15 December 2020

A virtual diagnostic mission was conducted by an integrated team consisting of Enforcement and Facilitation staff of the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate with the Customs Administration of Vietnam, from 7 to 11 December 2020. 

The Asia Pacific Border Management Waste Project aims to strengthen the response of various Asia Pacific Customs Administrations to effectively deal with legal imports of plastic waste, to mitigate the threat of illegal plastic waste shipments, and to sensitise the Administrations on the Basel Convention’s plastic waste amendments that become effective on 1 January 2021.

A self-diagnostic questionnaire was completed by the Vietnamese Customs Administration, and was followed-up by detailed engagements by the WCO Secretariat with the Administration. Various areas were covered, such as the strategic approach to waste and plastic waste specifically, legal requirements, procedures and facilitation of legal consignments, the mitigation and enforcement of illegal consignments, supporting policies, and capacity building.

As an outcome of the project, a detailed implementation plan will be presented to the Vietnamese Customs Administration. In addition, after similar missions will be conducted with the Customs Administrations of the Philippines and Indonesia, a regional workshop on plastic waste will be held in 2021. At this workshop, issues of common interest relevant to plastic waste will be discussed, including a regional strategy on plastic waste for Customs, a training framework, as well as future enforcement activities.