Terms of Reference for Data Model Projects Team

Confirmed by the Council - July 2017

Established: 2001

1. Mandate

The Data Model Projects Team is established in order to provide the maintenance mechanisms for work relating to the WCO Data Model.

The DMPT reports to the IMSC and supports the IMSC in its efforts to assist Members in implementing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by co-operating with other WCO Working Bodies, other governmental and non-governmental international organizations, and promoting close co-operation with other international organizations, and international standards setting agencies for the interchange of Customs information among Customs administrations and between Customs administrations and trade participants.

2. Membership

The DMPT is an open forum. All WCO Members may participate in the meeting. delegates from international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector may register to attend as observer.

3. Purpose & Scope

To achieve the mandate, the DMPT should:

(i) Establish and implement a Data Maintenance Request (DMR) process for the submission, review and approval of DMRs submitted for the WCO Data Model;

(ii) Establish ad-hoc focus groups consisting of experts in the field of ICT to discuss and develop new uses for the WCO Data Model, in line with its positioning as a cross-border regulatory data model;

(iii) Continually seek to enhance the relevance and usefulness of the WCO Data Model through regular releases;

(iv) Work closely with other WCO Working Bodies to develop and maintain technical specification of electronic business on specific Customs business requirements;

(v) Continue to promote, in close co-operation with other international organizations, the implementation of the WCO Data Model by Cross Border Regulatory Agencies;

(vi) Identify Members’ data requirements, so that increased semantic interoperability can be achieved through the WCO Data Model;

4. Key Deliverables

The key decisions made by the DMPT shall be reported to the IMSC. Policy issues that arise from technical discussions will also be reported to the IMSC for guidance, so that the IMSC may direct the DMPT through its decision, or raise it for further discussions at the Permanent Technical Committee.

The DMPT shall also provide the necessary support to undertake the necessary work arising from the IMSC work program, relating to any directions that the IMSC may have on the WCO Data Model.

5. Means of Operation


The DMPT shall annually elect its own Chairperson from among the representatives of its members. The retiring Chairperson is eligible for re-election.

The Chairperson shall participate in the proceedings as such and not as a representative of a member of the DMPT. The DMPT shall seek to reach agreed views on any matter examined and shall report them to the relevant Committee, through the IMSC. If agreement cannot be reached on a question, the differing views together with their supporting rationales shall be reported.

Focus Group Conveners

The DMPT shall nominate a Convener to facilitate and report on the discussions of the various Focus Groups established to discuss and develop new uses for the WCO Data Model, in line with its positioning as a cross-border regulatory data model, from among the representatives of its members. The retiring Convener is eligible for re-nomination.

The nomination process shall be done in manner reflecting the consensus of the various Focus Group Participants.

Project Management

Focus Groups are required to table a Focus Group Project Charter indicating the:

  • Project description & scope
  • Group members & responsibilities
  • Project feasibility & approach
  • Project schedule
  • Project deliverables

6. Agenda

The Agenda for each session shall be drawn up by the Secretariat, based on the relevant work items of the IMSC Work Program delegated for the DMPT’s action, and in consultation with delegates of the DMPT, who may propose technical questions for discussions and Data Maintenance Requests for deliberations.