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The Revised Kyoto Convention now has 94 Contracting Parties following the accession of Togo and Cambodia

01 июля 2014

Brussels, 2 July 2014

Press Release

On 28 June 2014, at the 123rd/124th Sessions of the Customs Co-operation Council, the Secretary General of the WCO Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, in his capacity as the depository of the Convention, took receipt of the instruments of accession of Togo and Cambodia to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (Revised Kyoto Convention).

During a short ceremony held to mark the occasion, it was recalled that this international instrument is considered as forming the basis for effective, efficient and modern Customs procedures. During the Council Sessions, several speakers took the floor to extol the benefits gained or expected from implementation of this Convention, which will also support implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

Having entered into force on 3 February 2006, the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) now has 94 Contracting Parties. By way of reminder, the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (Kyoto Convention) was adopted in 1973 and entered into force in 1974 in its original version. It was revised and updated to ensure it meets the current needs of governments and international trade.

The WCO welcomes the fact that the number of Contracting Parties to the RKC continues to grow, especially as this instrument is at the core of the WCO’s Economic Competitiveness Package and is also crucial to implementation of the TFA. In particular, implementation of the TFA will be treated as a matter of priority under the MERCATOR Programme launched by the WCO at these Council Sessions. Secretary General Mikuriya strongly urges the rest of the WCO’s Members to accede to the RKC as soon as possible, given this instrument’s significance for Customs, and above all to implement its provisions.

The Convention’s key elements include the application of simplified Customs procedures in a predictable and transparent environment, the optimal use of information technology, the utilization of risk management, a strong partnership with the trade and other stakeholders and a readily accessible system of appeals.