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Getting to grips with origin
31-10-2008

The two day WCO conference focusing on the application of rules of origin around the world took place in Brussels (Belgium) from 16-17 June 2008. With rules of origin now a prominent feature of today’s trading system given the plethora of regional trade arrangements that exist and those that are under negotiation across the globe, the issue has become more topical than ever. These rules enable preferential arrangements to be more effectively implemented; the positive benefits of which include the development of trade and the encouragement of foreign investment.

origin of goods
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Getting to grips with origin
31-10-2008

The two day WCO conference focusing on the application of rules of origin around the world took place in Brussels (Belgium) from 16-17 June 2008. With rules of origin now a prominent feature of today’s trading system given the plethora of regional trade arrangements that exist and those that are under negotiation across the globe, the issue has become more topical than ever. These rules enable preferential arrangements to be more effectively implemented; the positive benefits of which include the development of trade and the encouragement of foreign investment.

origin of goods
en, fr
The European Customs Union: 40 years of success
30-06-2008

On 1 July 2008, the European Union (EU) will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Customs Union. This is a very considerable achievement of which we can be proud. We have gone very far during these 40 years in building a unified Customs entity. Now, what does the future hold? How will the role of Customs change? Can Customs continue to evolve to meet new challenges, as well as the expectations of our nearly 500 million citizens? I suggest that we should not be passive spectators to the events around us, but that we should actively respond to change.

László Kovács

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
The European Customs Union: 40 years of success
30-06-2008

On 1 July 2008, the European Union (EU) will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Customs Union. This is a very considerable achievement of which we can be proud. We have gone very far during these 40 years in building a unified Customs entity. Now, what does the future hold? How will the role of Customs change? Can Customs continue to evolve to meet new challenges, as well as the expectations of our nearly 500 million citizens? I suggest that we should not be passive spectators to the events around us, but that we should actively respond to change.

László Kovács

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Customs administration of Ecuador
30-06-2008

The Ecuadorian Customs Corporation is an independent institution that was created 10 years ago with the mission to administer Customs services in a fast and transparent manner. Ecuador Customs is oriented towards the efficient collection of taxes, and to facilitate and control Customs activities in the current foreign trade market on the basis of integrated and automated processes. It encourages a culture of competitiveness and uprightness that guarantees service excellence to both external and internal users, which in turn contributes actively to the development of Ecuador.

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Customs administration of Ecuador
30-06-2008

The Ecuadorian Customs Corporation is an independent institution that was created 10 years ago with the mission to administer Customs services in a fast and transparent manner. Ecuador Customs is oriented towards the efficient collection of taxes, and to facilitate and control Customs activities in the current foreign trade market on the basis of integrated and automated processes. It encourages a culture of competitiveness and uprightness that guarantees service excellence to both external and internal users, which in turn contributes actively to the development of Ecuador.

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Customs and Post: a long history of shared endeavour!
30-06-2008

The Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialised agency of the United Nations, is responsible for facilitating communication between peoples, based on the principles of free circulation and the right of all citizens and businesses to communicate via postal services. The UPU, established in 1874, implements policies aimed at modernizing and developing the postal sector world-wide, for the benefit of its 191 Member countries.

Edouard Dayan

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Customs and Post: a long history of shared endeavour!
30-06-2008

The Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialised agency of the United Nations, is responsible for facilitating communication between peoples, based on the principles of free circulation and the right of all citizens and businesses to communicate via postal services. The UPU, established in 1874, implements policies aimed at modernizing and developing the postal sector world-wide, for the benefit of its 191 Member countries.

Edouard Dayan

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Money laundering and terrorist financing, there is still a lot to be done!
30-06-2008

As part of the “Inventing Our Future” Forum on “The WCO in the 21st Century”, the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), represented by Mr. Hassan Baage from the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), was asked to speak on the topic “Security : A challenge for the WCO?”.

Hassan Baage

AEO
en, fr
Money laundering and terrorist financing, there is still a lot to be done!
30-06-2008

As part of the “Inventing Our Future” Forum on “The WCO in the 21st Century”, the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), represented by Mr. Hassan Baage from the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), was asked to speak on the topic “Security : A challenge for the WCO?”.

Hassan Baage

AEO
en, fr
Money laundering, WCO initiatives
30-06-2008

Money laundering has a considerable adverse impact on the social stability and economic development of a nation. It is not a stand-alone crime, but is intertwined with other crimes, which are called “predicate offences”. These offences include transnational organized crimes such as the smuggling of drugs, arms, stolen vehicles and artworks, the trade in counterfeit goods, and so on. This criminal trade generates a significant amount of illegal proceeds that need to be laundered, hence the need to find more avenues in which to do so.

AEO
en, fr
Money laundering, WCO initiatives
30-06-2008

Money laundering has a considerable adverse impact on the social stability and economic development of a nation. It is not a stand-alone crime, but is intertwined with other crimes, which are called “predicate offences”. These offences include transnational organized crimes such as the smuggling of drugs, arms, stolen vehicles and artworks, the trade in counterfeit goods, and so on. This criminal trade generates a significant amount of illegal proceeds that need to be laundered, hence the need to find more avenues in which to do so.

AEO
en, fr
A Task force to improve implementation of rules of origin
30-06-2008

The dramatic rise in the number of preferential trade arrangements, together with complex and often confusing rules of origin are some of the increasing challenges facing both customs administrations and the business community.

origin of goods
en, fr
A Task force to improve implementation of rules of origin
30-06-2008

The dramatic rise in the number of preferential trade arrangements, together with complex and often confusing rules of origin are some of the increasing challenges facing both customs administrations and the business community.

origin of goods
en, fr
SAFE versus 100% scanning: Interview with Michael Schmitz
28-02-2008

One of the key standards contained in the SAFE Framework is the establishment of a risk management system to identify potentially high risk shipments. The use of non-intrusive inspection equipment is also strongly advocated, but in tandem with the application of these risk assessment techniques. At a time when the WCO is actively encouraging all its members to employ risk management, the potential implementation of 100% scanning requirements by one of the world’s major trading powers threatens to undermine the provisions of the SAFE Framework. Michael Schmitz, WCO Director of Compliance and Facilitation, responds to questions on this subject.

AEO, customs controls
en, fr
SAFE versus 100% scanning: Interview with Michael Schmitz
28-02-2008

One of the key standards contained in the SAFE Framework is the establishment of a risk management system to identify potentially high risk shipments. The use of non-intrusive inspection equipment is also strongly advocated, but in tandem with the application of these risk assessment techniques. At a time when the WCO is actively encouraging all its members to employ risk management, the potential implementation of 100% scanning requirements by one of the world’s major trading powers threatens to undermine the provisions of the SAFE Framework. Michael Schmitz, WCO Director of Compliance and Facilitation, responds to questions on this subject.

AEO, customs controls
en, fr
New United States Legal Requirements for 100% Cargo Scanning, the WCO Position
28-02-2008

In General - A container that was loaded on a vessel in a foreign port shall not enter the United States (either directly or via a foreign port) unless the container was scanned by nonintrusive imaging equipment and radiation detection equipment at a foreign port before it was loaded on a vessel.

AEO, customs controls
en, fr
New United States Legal Requirements for 100% Cargo Scanning, the WCO Position
28-02-2008

In General - A container that was loaded on a vessel in a foreign port shall not enter the United States (either directly or via a foreign port) unless the container was scanned by nonintrusive imaging equipment and radiation detection equipment at a foreign port before it was loaded on a vessel.

AEO, customs controls
en, fr
100% scanning: The European Union strategy
28-02-2008

Mr. László Kovács, the European Commission’s Taxation and Customs Union Commissioner, candidly shares his views with WCO News readers on the “Implementing Recommendations of the United States 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 which mandates 100% scanning by 2012 of sea cargo destined for the United States.

László Kovács

AEO, customs controls
en, fr
100% scanning: The European Union strategy
28-02-2008

Mr. László Kovács, the European Commission’s Taxation and Customs Union Commissioner, candidly shares his views with WCO News readers on the “Implementing Recommendations of the United States 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 which mandates 100% scanning by 2012 of sea cargo destined for the United States.

László Kovács

AEO, customs controls
en, fr
AEO implementation, a business perspective
28-02-2008

In actively implementing an AEO programme in the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has adopted a robust approach where they expect company procedures to withstand their audit – which will be detailed and wide-ranging. If issues arise HMRC will simply stop the “audit clock”; resuming, to an agreed timescale, only when corrections are made. Traders should accept this simple approach which may be considered as a best practise.

Mark Corby

AEO
en, fr
AEO implementation, a business perspective
28-02-2008

In actively implementing an AEO programme in the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has adopted a robust approach where they expect company procedures to withstand their audit – which will be detailed and wide-ranging. If issues arise HMRC will simply stop the “audit clock”; resuming, to an agreed timescale, only when corrections are made. Traders should accept this simple approach which may be considered as a best practise.

Mark Corby

AEO
en, fr
C-TPAT five years on: the SME Perspective
28-02-2008

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) recently celebrated its 5th birthday. The occasion warrants a review of the voluntary programme from the perspective of US small and medium traders (SMEs). For while the programme is voluntary, if non-participation puts an SME at a competitive disadvantage versus larger and multinational corporations, does it leave the SME with any choices beyond join or lose? Apparently so, as evidenced by the typically independent behavior of SMEs.

Leslie Levy

AEO
en, fr
C-TPAT five years on: the SME Perspective
28-02-2008

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) recently celebrated its 5th birthday. The occasion warrants a review of the voluntary programme from the perspective of US small and medium traders (SMEs). For while the programme is voluntary, if non-participation puts an SME at a competitive disadvantage versus larger and multinational corporations, does it leave the SME with any choices beyond join or lose? Apparently so, as evidenced by the typically independent behavior of SMEs.

Leslie Levy

AEO
en, fr
Security and Facilitation, the two scenarios
28-02-2008

The WCO and its Member administrations share with trade bodies a genuine concern to set and maintain a fair and fruitful balance between facilitation and security but they are not helped by sharp differences in the ownership of each side of the equation.

John Raven

AEO, customs controls
en, fr
Security and Facilitation, the two scenarios
28-02-2008

The WCO and its Member administrations share with trade bodies a genuine concern to set and maintain a fair and fruitful balance between facilitation and security but they are not helped by sharp differences in the ownership of each side of the equation.

John Raven

AEO, customs controls
en, fr
Indonesian Customs and Excise
28-02-2008

Carrying out the main duties of The Ministry of Finance in customs and excise matters based on policy stipulated by the ministry and securing government policy regarding the incoming and outgoing traffic of goods into or from the Customs Territory and to collect Import Duties and Excise and others government revenue in accordance with the applied laws.

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Indonesian Customs and Excise
28-02-2008

Carrying out the main duties of The Ministry of Finance in customs and excise matters based on policy stipulated by the ministry and securing government policy regarding the incoming and outgoing traffic of goods into or from the Customs Territory and to collect Import Duties and Excise and others government revenue in accordance with the applied laws.

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Customs and free zones
28-02-2008

In recent times, we have witnessed a clear shift of the role of Customs from the collection of VAT and Customs duties towards the application of non-tariff measures, including those related to security and safety, the fight against counterfeit goods, money laundering, drugs trafficking, economic crimes, the illicit trade in wild fauna and flora, as well as the application of sanitary, health, environmental and consumer protection measures. This increase in the role and responsibility of Customs has generally led to a rise in the physical inspection of goods in many countries with inevitable constraints on fast clearance times.

Dr. Francesca Trampus

storage
en, fr
Customs and free zones
28-02-2008

In recent times, we have witnessed a clear shift of the role of Customs from the collection of VAT and Customs duties towards the application of non-tariff measures, including those related to security and safety, the fight against counterfeit goods, money laundering, drugs trafficking, economic crimes, the illicit trade in wild fauna and flora, as well as the application of sanitary, health, environmental and consumer protection measures. This increase in the role and responsibility of Customs has generally led to a rise in the physical inspection of goods in many countries with inevitable constraints on fast clearance times.

Dr. Francesca Trampus

storage
en, fr
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Harmonized System
28-02-2008

The Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) came into being at the same time as the Brussels Nomenclature and the Brussels Definition of Value (BDV), and these two Conventions formed the pillars of the Organization at its beginnings in 1952. As time went on, international trade developments gathered pace and Customs’ missions evolved. At the same time, demand for use of the Nomenclature grew not only for Customs revenue collection purposes, but also for manifold socio-economic reasons. As a result, the Brussels Nomenclature developed into the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). This System, which entered into force in 1988, is the common language for global trade.

classification of goods
en, fr
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Harmonized System
28-02-2008

The Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) came into being at the same time as the Brussels Nomenclature and the Brussels Definition of Value (BDV), and these two Conventions formed the pillars of the Organization at its beginnings in 1952. As time went on, international trade developments gathered pace and Customs’ missions evolved. At the same time, demand for use of the Nomenclature grew not only for Customs revenue collection purposes, but also for manifold socio-economic reasons. As a result, the Brussels Nomenclature developed into the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). This System, which entered into force in 1988, is the common language for global trade.

classification of goods
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