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New global HS standard enters into force
28-02-2012

The new version of the WCO Harmonized System (HS) Nomenclature entered into force on 1 January 2012. It includes 220 sets of amendments: 98 relating to the agricultural sector; 27 to the chemical sector; 9 to the paper sector; 14 to the textile sector; 5 to the base metal sector; 30 to the machinery sector; and an additional 37 that apply to a variety of other sectors.

classification
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New global HS standard enters into force
28-02-2012

The new version of the WCO Harmonized System (HS) Nomenclature entered into force on 1 January 2012. It includes 220 sets of amendments: 98 relating to the agricultural sector; 27 to the chemical sector; 9 to the paper sector; 14 to the textile sector; 5 to the base metal sector; 30 to the machinery sector; and an additional 37 that apply to a variety of other sectors.

classification
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“Counterfeiting-crime©: A major challenge”
28-02-2012

In 2011, close to two billion people worldwide were involved in an accident or suffered poisoning following the use of an adulterated, and usually counterfeit, product, with many dying from poisoning or medical complications, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

illicit trade
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“Counterfeiting-crime©: A major challenge”
28-02-2012

In 2011, close to two billion people worldwide were involved in an accident or suffered poisoning following the use of an adulterated, and usually counterfeit, product, with many dying from poisoning or medical complications, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

illicit trade
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Borders divide, Customs connects
28-02-2012

As the World Customs Organization celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, it is only fitting that we use this opportunity to acknowledge the heritage that the founders of the Customs Co-operation Council bestowed on us, namely the importance of cooperation, particularly the value of inter-connectedness among Customs and its partners.

Kunio Mikuriya

customs and other authorities
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Borders divide, Customs connects
28-02-2012

As the World Customs Organization celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, it is only fitting that we use this opportunity to acknowledge the heritage that the founders of the Customs Co-operation Council bestowed on us, namely the importance of cooperation, particularly the value of inter-connectedness among Customs and its partners.

Kunio Mikuriya

customs and other authorities
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Connectivity and Customs, an industry perspective
28-02-2012

The overall effectiveness of international Customs trade is directly proportional to the degree of connectivity within the global Customs community. As the technology that underpins this connectivity evolves, so must Customs.

Prasanna Ellanti, James Canham

customs and other authorities
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Connectivity and Customs, an industry perspective
28-02-2012

The overall effectiveness of international Customs trade is directly proportional to the degree of connectivity within the global Customs community. As the technology that underpins this connectivity evolves, so must Customs.

Prasanna Ellanti, James Canham

customs and other authorities
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Improving Customs connectivity in Latin America and the Caribbean
28-02-2012

It is broadly accepted that when goods, ideas and people are connected, growth is sparked and the benefits are manifold. Growth in trade is closely linked to economic development, and has been since the dawn of civilization. The Latin America and Caribbean region is a prime example of how improved connectivity has resulted in increased development.

Inter-American Development Bank

customs and other authorities
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Improving Customs connectivity in Latin America and the Caribbean
28-02-2012

It is broadly accepted that when goods, ideas and people are connected, growth is sparked and the benefits are manifold. Growth in trade is closely linked to economic development, and has been since the dawn of civilization. The Latin America and Caribbean region is a prime example of how improved connectivity has resulted in increased development.

Inter-American Development Bank

customs and other authorities
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Regional IT interconnectivity drives SACU-WCO Customs Development Programme
28-02-2012

Recent developments within the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) show strong moves towards strengthening Customs-to-Customs information exchange based on the ‘Customs inter-connectivity’ concept. This article gives an overview of the roadmap of the SACU IT connectivity project, a key priority for the SACU-WCO Customs Development Programme.

customs and other authorities
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Regional IT interconnectivity drives SACU-WCO Customs Development Programme
28-02-2012

Recent developments within the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) show strong moves towards strengthening Customs-to-Customs information exchange based on the ‘Customs inter-connectivity’ concept. This article gives an overview of the roadmap of the SACU IT connectivity project, a key priority for the SACU-WCO Customs Development Programme.

customs and other authorities
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South Africa to roll out mobile Customs controls
28-02-2012

Customs in South Africa operates within a ‘revenue authority’ model. The Customs and tax departments were merged into an autonomous body known as the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in 1996.

customs and other authorities, IT systems, databases
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South Africa to roll out mobile Customs controls
28-02-2012

Customs in South Africa operates within a ‘revenue authority’ model. The Customs and tax departments were merged into an autonomous body known as the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in 1996.

customs and other authorities, IT systems, databases
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Dominican Republic General Directorate of Customs
28-02-2012

To facilitate and control the Dominican Republic’s trade with the rest of the world, based on the efficiency and transparency of Customs procedures, in line with international best practices, successfully fulfilling Customs’ diverse role in controlling tax evasion, illicit trade, strengthening national security, and protecting health and the environment.

customs and other authorities
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Dominican Republic General Directorate of Customs
28-02-2012

To facilitate and control the Dominican Republic’s trade with the rest of the world, based on the efficiency and transparency of Customs procedures, in line with international best practices, successfully fulfilling Customs’ diverse role in controlling tax evasion, illicit trade, strengthening national security, and protecting health and the environment.

customs and other authorities
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Securing the supply chain, the role and responsibilities of Free Trade Zones
28-02-2012

Other common terms for Free Trade Zones or designated trade promotion areas include Free Economic Zone (FEZ), Export Processing Zone (EPZ), Free Port (FP), Industrial Free Zone (IFZ) Technological Free Zone (TFZ), Special Economic Zone (SEZ), and Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).

David Cooper

storage
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Securing the supply chain, the role and responsibilities of Free Trade Zones
28-02-2012

Other common terms for Free Trade Zones or designated trade promotion areas include Free Economic Zone (FEZ), Export Processing Zone (EPZ), Free Port (FP), Industrial Free Zone (IFZ) Technological Free Zone (TFZ), Special Economic Zone (SEZ), and Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).

David Cooper

storage
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WCO Data Model connects trade stakeholders
28-02-2012

In recent years, there has been increased activity around the WCO Data Model among WCO Members and international organizations. But if most Customs IT systems seem to be, by and large, compatible with the Model, the question of their full conformity remains open. This article presents the latest information available on the adoption of the Model by WCO Members as well as future developments of this major WCO tool.

IT systems, databases, law international
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WCO Data Model connects trade stakeholders
28-02-2012

In recent years, there has been increased activity around the WCO Data Model among WCO Members and international organizations. But if most Customs IT systems seem to be, by and large, compatible with the Model, the question of their full conformity remains open. This article presents the latest information available on the adoption of the Model by WCO Members as well as future developments of this major WCO tool.

IT systems, databases, law international
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“We need to raise awareness about substandard products”
28-02-2012

An enforcement operation called “Short Circuit” was launched from July to September 2011 to increase the number of inspections, interdictions and investigations of imports containing substandard and counterfeit electrical items. This Operation, which was conducted by 43 countries, resulted in the seizure of more than one million electrical goods. J. Scott Ballman Jr., Deputy Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations, at the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, shared his thoughts on the Operation’s successes and challenges.

J. Scott Ballman Jr.

illicit trade
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“We need to raise awareness about substandard products”
28-02-2012

An enforcement operation called “Short Circuit” was launched from July to September 2011 to increase the number of inspections, interdictions and investigations of imports containing substandard and counterfeit electrical items. This Operation, which was conducted by 43 countries, resulted in the seizure of more than one million electrical goods. J. Scott Ballman Jr., Deputy Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations, at the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, shared his thoughts on the Operation’s successes and challenges.

J. Scott Ballman Jr.

illicit trade
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WTO puts preferential trade agreements under the spotlight
31-10-2011

Every year the World Trade Organization (WTO) tackles a problem in the world trading system in its World Trade Report. Th e 2010 Report was devoted to the trade in natural resources. Th is year, the Organization takes an in-depth fresh look at preferential trade.

law international, origin
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WTO puts preferential trade agreements under the spotlight
31-10-2011

Every year the World Trade Organization (WTO) tackles a problem in the world trading system in its World Trade Report. Th e 2010 Report was devoted to the trade in natural resources. Th is year, the Organization takes an in-depth fresh look at preferential trade.

law international, origin
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HS 2012 Explanatory Notes now available
31-10-2011

The HS 2012 explanatory notes 2012 are now available in paper format and the Alphabetical Index is under fi nal review before its publication.

classification
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HS 2012 Explanatory Notes now available
31-10-2011

The HS 2012 explanatory notes 2012 are now available in paper format and the Alphabetical Index is under fi nal review before its publication.

classification
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Experts concerned about level of trade in snakes
31-10-2011

The animals committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met in Geneva on 22 July to discuss how to control the booming - and at times illegal - wildlife trade. Delegates focused on the eff ects of the trade in three snake species and 20 other at-risk species, and made recommendations for monitoring this trade.

illicit trade
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Experts concerned about level of trade in snakes
31-10-2011

The animals committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met in Geneva on 22 July to discuss how to control the booming - and at times illegal - wildlife trade. Delegates focused on the eff ects of the trade in three snake species and 20 other at-risk species, and made recommendations for monitoring this trade.

illicit trade
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The WCO’s key annual reports on drugs, tobacco and intellectual property
31-10-2011

In June 2011 the WCO published its annual reports on drug traffi cking, tobacco smuggling, and infringements of intellectual property rights (IPR).

illicit trade
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The WCO’s key annual reports on drugs, tobacco and intellectual property
31-10-2011

In June 2011 the WCO published its annual reports on drug traffi cking, tobacco smuggling, and infringements of intellectual property rights (IPR).

illicit trade
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Negative economic prospects fuel protectionism
31-10-2011

WTO members are taking more steps to shield their national industries from foreign competition as the economic climate deteriorates, said the monitoring group Global Trade Alert (GTA), which estimates that almost 200 measures that harm trading partners have been introduced from November 2010 to July 2011.

restrictions, trade barriers
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Negative economic prospects fuel protectionism
31-10-2011

WTO members are taking more steps to shield their national industries from foreign competition as the economic climate deteriorates, said the monitoring group Global Trade Alert (GTA), which estimates that almost 200 measures that harm trading partners have been introduced from November 2010 to July 2011.

restrictions, trade barriers
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