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Customs and business, equally reaping rewards from trade facilitation
30-06-2011

Trade facilitation is sometimes mistakenly viewed as speeding up the clearance of goods regardless of revenue and other implications, thereby solely delivering benefi ts to the private sector. Indeed, when the WTO Doha Development Round started, some observers wondered if trade facilitation might not be better described as trade effi cacy. Th is implies that the goal of the negotiations should include the achievement of the broad objectives of Customs controls, such as revenue collection, security and community protection in an effi cient manner, thereby facilitating legitimate trade.

Kunio Mikuriya

customs administrations; organisations, customs controls
en, fr
Customs and business, equally reaping rewards from trade facilitation
30-06-2011

Trade facilitation is sometimes mistakenly viewed as speeding up the clearance of goods regardless of revenue and other implications, thereby solely delivering benefi ts to the private sector. Indeed, when the WTO Doha Development Round started, some observers wondered if trade facilitation might not be better described as trade effi cacy. Th is implies that the goal of the negotiations should include the achievement of the broad objectives of Customs controls, such as revenue collection, security and community protection in an effi cient manner, thereby facilitating legitimate trade.

Kunio Mikuriya

customs administrations; organisations, customs controls
en, fr
Revised Kyoto Convention marked by escalating accessions
30-06-2011

The WCO’s Revised Kyoto Convention on the simplifi cation and harmonization of Customs procedures, which entered into force on 3 February 2006, now has 76 Contracting Parties. Widely regarded as a blueprint for modern and efficient Customs procedures in the 21st Century, instruments of accession continue to be deposited with the Secretariat.

customs controls, international agreements, etc.
en, fr
Revised Kyoto Convention marked by escalating accessions
30-06-2011

The WCO’s Revised Kyoto Convention on the simplifi cation and harmonization of Customs procedures, which entered into force on 3 February 2006, now has 76 Contracting Parties. Widely regarded as a blueprint for modern and efficient Customs procedures in the 21st Century, instruments of accession continue to be deposited with the Secretariat.

customs controls, international agreements, etc.
en, fr
Putting trade facilitation into practice, a key WCO activity
30-06-2011

While WTO rules are intended to set out the high principles for trade facilitation such as simplifi cation, harmonization, transparency, partnership, cooperation and risk management, the WCO provides the norms to ensure their implementation.

customs controls, international agreements, etc.
en, fr
Putting trade facilitation into practice, a key WCO activity
30-06-2011

While WTO rules are intended to set out the high principles for trade facilitation such as simplifi cation, harmonization, transparency, partnership, cooperation and risk management, the WCO provides the norms to ensure their implementation.

customs controls, international agreements, etc.
en, fr
Korea’s Client-oriented Logistics Information System
30-06-2011

In 2010, Korea’s trade volume reached USD 891.6 billion – accounting for 89% of the nation’s GDP of approximately USD 1 trillion – making Korea the 9th largest trading country in the world. Given the huge contribution of foreign trade to the country’s GDP which shows its high level of dependency on external trade, the Korea Customs Service (KCS) has stepped up its effort to make innovations to the trade logistics system for speedier and more facilitated international trade.

Yoon Yong-Sun

electronic systems
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Korea’s Client-oriented Logistics Information System
30-06-2011

In 2010, Korea’s trade volume reached USD 891.6 billion – accounting for 89% of the nation’s GDP of approximately USD 1 trillion – making Korea the 9th largest trading country in the world. Given the huge contribution of foreign trade to the country’s GDP which shows its high level of dependency on external trade, the Korea Customs Service (KCS) has stepped up its effort to make innovations to the trade logistics system for speedier and more facilitated international trade.

Yoon Yong-Sun

electronic systems
en, fr
A global snapshot of Single Window implementation
30-06-2011

Implementing a single window (SW) environment is considered a major facilitation measure. To know more about how widely this concept is being implemented globally, the WCO undertook a survey of its Members late last year.

international agreements, etc.
en, fr
A global snapshot of Single Window implementation
30-06-2011

Implementing a single window (SW) environment is considered a major facilitation measure. To know more about how widely this concept is being implemented globally, the WCO undertook a survey of its Members late last year.

international agreements, etc.
en, fr
Trade facilitation takes centre stage in Asia/Pacific
30-06-2011

The ASIA/PACIFIC region is experiencing rapid economic growth along with increased integration of global markets for goods, services and investment. In this environment, Customs is playing an important role by facilitating the international movement of goods and people while safeguarding national and regional interests. To contribute more effectively to this economic growth, many Customs authorities in the Asia/Pacific region have been pushing themselves to reform and modernize their administrations. They are working both individually and collaboratively to make steady progress towards that goal and the WCO and the Asia/Pacifi c Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P) have been assisting their efforts in a number of ways. Some good examples of regional efforts appear below.

Yoshihiro Kosaka

customs administrations; organisations, customs controls
en, fr
Trade facilitation takes centre stage in Asia/Pacific
30-06-2011

The ASIA/PACIFIC region is experiencing rapid economic growth along with increased integration of global markets for goods, services and investment. In this environment, Customs is playing an important role by facilitating the international movement of goods and people while safeguarding national and regional interests. To contribute more effectively to this economic growth, many Customs authorities in the Asia/Pacific region have been pushing themselves to reform and modernize their administrations. They are working both individually and collaboratively to make steady progress towards that goal and the WCO and the Asia/Pacifi c Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P) have been assisting their efforts in a number of ways. Some good examples of regional efforts appear below.

Yoshihiro Kosaka

customs administrations; organisations, customs controls
en, fr
Latin America leads the way in AEO implementation
30-06-2011

Latin America today is one of the most engaged and forward thinking of regions. Since 2008, when the WCO first began to disseminate information on the SAFE Framework of Standard’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) concept through workshops and presentations, the region has rapidly moved toward implementation of such programmes.

AEO
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Latin America leads the way in AEO implementation
30-06-2011

Latin America today is one of the most engaged and forward thinking of regions. Since 2008, when the WCO first began to disseminate information on the SAFE Framework of Standard’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) concept through workshops and presentations, the region has rapidly moved toward implementation of such programmes.

AEO
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Cameroon combines facilitation with enforcement
30-06-2011

In february 2010 Cameroon Customs introduced a system of performance contracts signed between the Director General and a number of frontline services in the Port of Douala. The overall objective of these performance contracts was to encourage Customs officers to adopt good professional practices and to guarantee the effective application of the measures and mechanisms adopted. Th is experiment continues the reform launched in 2007, the background to which demonstrates the importance of the involvement of a Director General and the Minister of Finance, and is supported by the WCO and the World Bank.

Libom Li Likeng Minette

customs administrations; organisations, customs controls
en, fr
Cameroon combines facilitation with enforcement
30-06-2011

In february 2010 Cameroon Customs introduced a system of performance contracts signed between the Director General and a number of frontline services in the Port of Douala. The overall objective of these performance contracts was to encourage Customs officers to adopt good professional practices and to guarantee the effective application of the measures and mechanisms adopted. Th is experiment continues the reform launched in 2007, the background to which demonstrates the importance of the involvement of a Director General and the Minister of Finance, and is supported by the WCO and the World Bank.

Libom Li Likeng Minette

customs administrations; organisations, customs controls
en, fr
Facilitating trade at East Africa’s land borders
30-06-2011

The speed of processing goods, people and conveyances at East Africa’s land borders is a test of the extent to which the principles underlying the Treaty Establishing the East African Community (EAC) are being applied. Th ese principles include a commitment to the elimination of nontariff barriers in inter-regional trade, the simplifi cation and harmonization of trade documentation and procedures, 24-hour operations at border posts, and joint operations by Customs and other law enforcement agencies to promote border security. Given the robust provisions of the Treaty in regard to trade facilitation, it was possible to commence one-stop border post (OSBP) procedures at some borders on the basis of bilateral Memoranda of Understanding as enabling legislation had not been enacted. Th is situation is about to change with the expected enactment, by mid 2011, of the One Stop Border Posts Bill (2010) by the East African Legislative Assembly. This article will highlight the situation at two border posts in East Africa as a pointer to the direction in which Customs in East Africa is moving with regards to the processing of goods, people and conveyances at land borders.

Creck Buyonge Mirito

customs administrations; organisations, customs controls
en, fr
Facilitating trade at East Africa’s land borders
30-06-2011

The speed of processing goods, people and conveyances at East Africa’s land borders is a test of the extent to which the principles underlying the Treaty Establishing the East African Community (EAC) are being applied. Th ese principles include a commitment to the elimination of nontariff barriers in inter-regional trade, the simplifi cation and harmonization of trade documentation and procedures, 24-hour operations at border posts, and joint operations by Customs and other law enforcement agencies to promote border security. Given the robust provisions of the Treaty in regard to trade facilitation, it was possible to commence one-stop border post (OSBP) procedures at some borders on the basis of bilateral Memoranda of Understanding as enabling legislation had not been enacted. Th is situation is about to change with the expected enactment, by mid 2011, of the One Stop Border Posts Bill (2010) by the East African Legislative Assembly. This article will highlight the situation at two border posts in East Africa as a pointer to the direction in which Customs in East Africa is moving with regards to the processing of goods, people and conveyances at land borders.

Creck Buyonge Mirito

customs administrations; organisations, customs controls
en, fr
Japan and Korea mutually recognize their Authorized Economic Operators
30-06-2011

On 20 May 2011, on the occasion of the Japan-Korea Customs Cooperation Meeting held in Tokyo, Atsuo Shibota, Director General of the Customs and Tariff Bureau in Japan, and Yoon Young-Sun, Commissioner of the Korea Customs Service (KCS), signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) relating to their Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programmes. Upon signing the MRA, Director General Shibota and Commissioner Yoon reaffi rmed their view that the Arrangement should be implemented as soon as possible for the sake of further facilitating bilateral trade.

AEO
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Japan and Korea mutually recognize their Authorized Economic Operators
30-06-2011

On 20 May 2011, on the occasion of the Japan-Korea Customs Cooperation Meeting held in Tokyo, Atsuo Shibota, Director General of the Customs and Tariff Bureau in Japan, and Yoon Young-Sun, Commissioner of the Korea Customs Service (KCS), signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) relating to their Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programmes. Upon signing the MRA, Director General Shibota and Commissioner Yoon reaffi rmed their view that the Arrangement should be implemented as soon as possible for the sake of further facilitating bilateral trade.

AEO
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Thousands of smuggled monitor lizards seized in Thailand
30-06-2011

In april 2011 Customs officials in Thailand seized 1,800 monitor lizards near the Malaysian border. Global trade in these reptiles is banned as they are listed as endangered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

illicit trade, fraud
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Thousands of smuggled monitor lizards seized in Thailand
30-06-2011

In april 2011 Customs officials in Thailand seized 1,800 monitor lizards near the Malaysian border. Global trade in these reptiles is banned as they are listed as endangered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

illicit trade, fraud
en, fr
Actions speak louder than words in the Ukraine
30-06-2011

As the state customs service of Ukraine (SCSU) celebrates its 20th anniversary in June 2011, it can look back with pride at what has been achieved over the years. Today Ukraine Customs manages 28 Customs offi ces and 244 border control points, processes 349 million tonnes of freight and 23 million vehicles entering the country, and collects 86 billion hryvnas (almost 7.56 billion euro) or 35% of the total state budget.

Ihor Kaletnik

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Actions speak louder than words in the Ukraine
30-06-2011

As the state customs service of Ukraine (SCSU) celebrates its 20th anniversary in June 2011, it can look back with pride at what has been achieved over the years. Today Ukraine Customs manages 28 Customs offi ces and 244 border control points, processes 349 million tonnes of freight and 23 million vehicles entering the country, and collects 86 billion hryvnas (almost 7.56 billion euro) or 35% of the total state budget.

Ihor Kaletnik

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
The Bahamas Customs Department
30-06-2011

Customs has had a presence in The Bahamas as early as 1729 when the first Collector of Customs was appointed. In 1854 an Act of Parliament established the Customs Department and the Treasury Department as one department under a Receiver General. On 21 March 1914 the Customs Department was established as a stand-alone department and the position of Comptroller of Customs was officially created. After independence from the United Kingdom on 10 July 1973, Customs became known officially as The Bahamas Customs Department.

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
The Bahamas Customs Department
30-06-2011

Customs has had a presence in The Bahamas as early as 1729 when the first Collector of Customs was appointed. In 1854 an Act of Parliament established the Customs Department and the Treasury Department as one department under a Receiver General. On 21 March 1914 the Customs Department was established as a stand-alone department and the position of Comptroller of Customs was officially created. After independence from the United Kingdom on 10 July 1973, Customs became known officially as The Bahamas Customs Department.

customs administrations; organisations
en, fr
Multi-layered security
30-06-2011

Further financial and procedural burdens on economic operators with no apparent return would serve a key terrorist objective in choking trade expansion, so the best answer to the latest attack on international trade would be a critical review of the most complicated existing constraints on major trade flows and a shift towards devising and exploiting practical routes to a much higher level of truly global vigilance.

John Raven

international agreements, etc.
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Multi-layered security
30-06-2011

Further financial and procedural burdens on economic operators with no apparent return would serve a key terrorist objective in choking trade expansion, so the best answer to the latest attack on international trade would be a critical review of the most complicated existing constraints on major trade flows and a shift towards devising and exploiting practical routes to a much higher level of truly global vigilance.

John Raven

international agreements, etc.
en, fr
Focus on the review of the Harmonized System
30-06-2011

The WCO secretariat is currently rounding off its work related to the implementation of the 2012 version of the Harmonized System (HS) Nomenclature, which mainly comprises updating HS publications and tools, such as the Explanatory Notes, the Alphabetical Index and the Compendium of Classifi cation Opinions.

classification of goods
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Focus on the review of the Harmonized System
30-06-2011

The WCO secretariat is currently rounding off its work related to the implementation of the 2012 version of the Harmonized System (HS) Nomenclature, which mainly comprises updating HS publications and tools, such as the Explanatory Notes, the Alphabetical Index and the Compendium of Classifi cation Opinions.

classification of goods
en, fr
First Global Canine Forum held at WCO Headquarters
30-06-2011

After having dedicated 2010 to Customs-Business Partnerships and having addressed the themes of Coordinated Border Management, risk management and the use of high-performance technologies and tools through a number of diff erent activities, the time was ripe to focus on the cornerstone of Customs modernization: human resources and training, that is to say a “professional, knowledge-based service culture”. This is one of the building blocks of the WCO Customs in the 21st Century vision, and the theme for 2011.

customs controls
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First Global Canine Forum held at WCO Headquarters
30-06-2011

After having dedicated 2010 to Customs-Business Partnerships and having addressed the themes of Coordinated Border Management, risk management and the use of high-performance technologies and tools through a number of diff erent activities, the time was ripe to focus on the cornerstone of Customs modernization: human resources and training, that is to say a “professional, knowledge-based service culture”. This is one of the building blocks of the WCO Customs in the 21st Century vision, and the theme for 2011.

customs controls
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