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2023 WCO Knowledge Academy for Customs and Trade

Date de début 26 juin 2023
Date de fin 28 juin 2023
Lieu WCO Headquarters, Brussels


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This initiative brings together experts in Customs matters to meet the demands of a complex international and cross-border trading system. Business professionals, Customs managers and administrators, border agency officials, international organization representatives and academia will benefit from the interactive discussions on pertinent topics in the Customs environment.

This year, responding to the demand of Members and the private sector, the WCO is introducing a new format for the Academy. The event will start with a dynamic and interactive discussion between the participants and the WCO-management, led by the Secretary General and supported by the Deputy Directors of the Tariff and Trade Affairs directorate, the Facilitation sub-directorate, the Compliance and Enforcement sub-directorate, and the Capacity building directorate. Participants may share their questions before the session or interact with the leaders of the WCO on any topic they want to address during the session.

The training courses will be led by technical experts and will provide Customs and Business practitioners with bespoke sessions on HS, such as "HS - practical classification - working through examples" or "HS 2022 – understanding and using legal notes", as well as on Origin, and Valuation. Participants will also get be able to listen to updates on the work of the WCO on Green Customs and Circular economy, its Data Strategy and Data Model, as well as on Gender equality and diversity.

The Academy is open to all interested participants. Registration is free for two participant from each WCO Member administration. Additional participants from Member administrations, and non-WCO Member participants are subject to a fee. Private sector are welcomed to participate in all sessions for a fee of 200 euro. All sessions will be interpreted in English and French.

Who should attend?

Customs authorities, the broader business community, governmental and trade organizations, lending institutions, border regulatory agencies, and others involved in the international trade arena.

Why attend?

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the WCO’s tools and instruments
  • Express business needs and expectations on core Customs issues
  • Share knowledge, know-how and expertise with participants
  • Be part of a vital Customs-Business knowledge network