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Customs brokers and the COVID-19 crisis
11-07-2020

Early 2020 saw the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic to almost every country on the planet. Healthcare workers, road hauliers, logistics specialists, international freight forwarders, agrifood cooperatives… much has been said and written in the media about the problems faced by these groups of professionals as a result of the crisis. Are Customs brokers facing the same challenges?

Helene Kerjean

customs broker, declarant
en, fr
Customs brokers and the COVID-19 crisis
11-07-2020

Early 2020 saw the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic to almost every country on the planet. Healthcare workers, road hauliers, logistics specialists, international freight forwarders, agrifood cooperatives… much has been said and written in the media about the problems faced by these groups of professionals as a result of the crisis. Are Customs brokers facing the same challenges?

Helene Kerjean

customs broker, declarant
en, fr
Where there’s a way, there’s a will: how the WCO builds capacity to implement strategic trade controls
30-06-2020

It is often said that where there is a will there’s a way, but the reverse can also be true: improving Customs administrations’ capacity to understand and implement regulations might influence their willingness to make commitments.

James McColm, Malik Ghulam Ali, Adam Vas, Peter Heine, Debika Pal

export control
en, fr
Where there’s a way, there’s a will: how the WCO builds capacity to implement strategic trade controls
30-06-2020

It is often said that where there is a will there’s a way, but the reverse can also be true: improving Customs administrations’ capacity to understand and implement regulations might influence their willingness to make commitments.

James McColm, Malik Ghulam Ali, Adam Vas, Peter Heine, Debika Pal

export control
en, fr
Dossier COVID-19: Working with you through these challenging times
30-06-2020

When it was announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) that COVID-19 had become a pandemic, the WCO Secretariat’s management team quickly sprang into action, listing the urgent tasks to be done to support Customs administrations in managing the crisis and developing a business continuity plan.

Kunio Mikuriya

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Dossier COVID-19: Working with you through these challenging times
30-06-2020

When it was announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) that COVID-19 had become a pandemic, the WCO Secretariat’s management team quickly sprang into action, listing the urgent tasks to be done to support Customs administrations in managing the crisis and developing a business continuity plan.

Kunio Mikuriya

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
From reactivity to proactivity, for a safer and more prosperous world
30-06-2020

Since December 2019, when the first cases where identified, the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread with dramatic consequences for people, governments, and companies. Although we will only be able to make a preliminary assessment of its full consequences in the coming months, most analysts agree that the crisis will have a long-term impact.

Ricardo Treviño Chapa

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
From reactivity to proactivity, for a safer and more prosperous world
30-06-2020

Since December 2019, when the first cases where identified, the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread with dramatic consequences for people, governments, and companies. Although we will only be able to make a preliminary assessment of its full consequences in the coming months, most analysts agree that the crisis will have a long-term impact.

Ricardo Treviño Chapa

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
The invisible and secure border of the future
30-06-2020

Border agencies face many challenges and are today operating in an era of unprecedented change. An increasingly volatile global travel and trade environment combined with new security and public health threats, make for a challenging and evolving operating environment that requires close observation, and coordinated and far-reaching responses.

James Canham, Alexander de Voet

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
The invisible and secure border of the future
30-06-2020

Border agencies face many challenges and are today operating in an era of unprecedented change. An increasingly volatile global travel and trade environment combined with new security and public health threats, make for a challenging and evolving operating environment that requires close observation, and coordinated and far-reaching responses.

James Canham, Alexander de Voet

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
COVID-19 and its impact on Customs and trade
30-06-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in ways that we never imagined. One thing, however, has become very clear; the continued importance of global trade and of initiatives supporting the smooth flow of goods across borders, especially essential goods to areas where they are most needed.

Steven Pope

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
COVID-19 and its impact on Customs and trade
30-06-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in ways that we never imagined. One thing, however, has become very clear; the continued importance of global trade and of initiatives supporting the smooth flow of goods across borders, especially essential goods to areas where they are most needed.

Steven Pope

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Controlling the invisible trade: wild plant resources and their sustainability
30-06-2020

With the current global spotlight on wild animal markets as a possible source of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is easy to forget that the biggest flows of “wildlife” in trade involve plants, not animals. There are also important conservation and health reasons to keep a close eye on the wild plant trade sector during this global health emergency.

Anastasiya Temoshyna, Zhang Ke, Yuqi Yang, Xu Ling

illicit trade, fraud
en, fr
Controlling the invisible trade: wild plant resources and their sustainability
30-06-2020

With the current global spotlight on wild animal markets as a possible source of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is easy to forget that the biggest flows of “wildlife” in trade involve plants, not animals. There are also important conservation and health reasons to keep a close eye on the wild plant trade sector during this global health emergency.

Anastasiya Temoshyna, Zhang Ke, Yuqi Yang, Xu Ling

illicit trade, fraud
en, fr
How the Dutch ports readied themselves for Brexit
30-06-2020

In choosing the most cost-effective option to distribute goods, supply chain managers all over the world have four transport options to choose from: ocean-going vessel, plane, train, or truck. But for European distribution there is also another efficient option available, shortsea shipping (SSS).

Bas van Amsterdam

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
How the Dutch ports readied themselves for Brexit
30-06-2020

In choosing the most cost-effective option to distribute goods, supply chain managers all over the world have four transport options to choose from: ocean-going vessel, plane, train, or truck. But for European distribution there is also another efficient option available, shortsea shipping (SSS).

Bas van Amsterdam

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Revised Kyoto Convention: Customs’ blueprint journey towards further simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures
29-06-2020

The International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures, known as the Kyoto Convention, was adopted on 19 May 1973 and entered into force on 25 September 1974 with 63 Contracting Parties. Twenty years later, in 1994, a decision to revise the Convention was taken, and, in June 1999, a Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) was adopted. It entered into force on 3 February 2006 after 40 Contracting Parties to the Kyoto Convention had acceded to the Protocol of Amendment. In February 2020, there were 122 Contracting Parties to the RKC.

Phuntsho Dorji

international agreements, etc.
en, fr
Revised Kyoto Convention: Customs’ blueprint journey towards further simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures
29-06-2020

The International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures, known as the Kyoto Convention, was adopted on 19 May 1973 and entered into force on 25 September 1974 with 63 Contracting Parties. Twenty years later, in 1994, a decision to revise the Convention was taken, and, in June 1999, a Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) was adopted. It entered into force on 3 February 2006 after 40 Contracting Parties to the Kyoto Convention had acceded to the Protocol of Amendment. In February 2020, there were 122 Contracting Parties to the RKC.

Phuntsho Dorji

international agreements, etc.
en, fr
WCO’s development of draft “Practical Guidance on Free Zones”
29-06-2020

WCO Members have been drawing and sharing lessons from their experiences in combating illicit trade associated with Free Zones (FZs) for decades now. One lesson is that there is a need for effective or better monitoring and control by Customs over these zones. However, changing existing FZ regimes requires action by policymakers, and convincing them to do so has been rather difficult at times.

Satoko Kagawa

storage
en, fr
WCO’s development of draft “Practical Guidance on Free Zones”
29-06-2020

WCO Members have been drawing and sharing lessons from their experiences in combating illicit trade associated with Free Zones (FZs) for decades now. One lesson is that there is a need for effective or better monitoring and control by Customs over these zones. However, changing existing FZ regimes requires action by policymakers, and convincing them to do so has been rather difficult at times.

Satoko Kagawa

storage
en, fr
Facing the COVID-19 crisis with numbers: performance metrics for business continuity
28-06-2020

The effort undertaken by the WCO in building a comprehensive Performance Measurement mechanism (PMM) to measure the performance of Customs administrations aims at strengthening a measurement culture among the WCO Membership, and at enabling them to develop metrics for strategic planning and evidence-based decision making.

Valentina Ferraro, Maka Khvedelidze

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Facing the COVID-19 crisis with numbers: performance metrics for business continuity
28-06-2020

The effort undertaken by the WCO in building a comprehensive Performance Measurement mechanism (PMM) to measure the performance of Customs administrations aims at strengthening a measurement culture among the WCO Membership, and at enabling them to develop metrics for strategic planning and evidence-based decision making.

Valentina Ferraro, Maka Khvedelidze

customs administrations; organisations
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