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Operation Demeter: tracking illegal shipments of hazardous waste
31-10-2009

Between March and May 2009, Customs administrations from 64 countries launched Operation Demeter targeting the illicit cross-border shipment of hazardous and other waste en route from Europe to countries in the Asia/ Pacific region and Africa. This joint global Customs initiative netted more than 36,000 tons and 1,700 pieces of illegal hazardous waste in 57 seizures, ranging from household waste and scraps metal to discarded electronic goods and used vehicle parts.

illicit trade
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Operation Demeter: tracking illegal shipments of hazardous waste
31-10-2009

Between March and May 2009, Customs administrations from 64 countries launched Operation Demeter targeting the illicit cross-border shipment of hazardous and other waste en route from Europe to countries in the Asia/ Pacific region and Africa. This joint global Customs initiative netted more than 36,000 tons and 1,700 pieces of illegal hazardous waste in 57 seizures, ranging from household waste and scraps metal to discarded electronic goods and used vehicle parts.

illicit trade
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Getting ready forthe 2012 version of the HS nomenclature
31-10-2009

The World Customs Organization has issued a list of recommended amendments to the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature that will enter into force on 1 January 2012. Affected goods include certain animals and animal products, foods and agricultural products (fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, spices, etc.), chemical substances, wood products, textile products, machinery, furniture and video game consoles. These recommendations were adopted by the WCO Council in June 2009 and WCO Members have six months to register any objections.

classification, law international
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Getting ready forthe 2012 version of the HS nomenclature
31-10-2009

The World Customs Organization has issued a list of recommended amendments to the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature that will enter into force on 1 January 2012. Affected goods include certain animals and animal products, foods and agricultural products (fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, spices, etc.), chemical substances, wood products, textile products, machinery, furniture and video game consoles. These recommendations were adopted by the WCO Council in June 2009 and WCO Members have six months to register any objections.

classification, law international
en, fr
Container security: technologies in broad use but several challenges remain
31-10-2009

In 2008, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum completed the Secure Trade project, a research and analysis project designed to better understand the economics, efficacy, and equity of security technologies used for containerized maritime trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

customs control
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Container security: technologies in broad use but several challenges remain
31-10-2009

In 2008, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum completed the Secure Trade project, a research and analysis project designed to better understand the economics, efficacy, and equity of security technologies used for containerized maritime trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

customs control
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Non-intrusive inspection equipment: performance specifications
31-10-2009

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has been using non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment in cargo and passenger processing since the early 1990s. Various technologies, including x-ray machines (ranging from small cabinet systems to containerised cargo inspection systems) and hand-held radiation detection and identification equipment have been used.

customs control
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Non-intrusive inspection equipment: performance specifications
31-10-2009

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has been using non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment in cargo and passenger processing since the early 1990s. Various technologies, including x-ray machines (ranging from small cabinet systems to containerised cargo inspection systems) and hand-held radiation detection and identification equipment have been used.

customs control
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Radiation detection equipment for monitoring borders
31-10-2009

Detection of illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials at borders is a multidimensional task, involving clear identification of roles and responsibilities at all stages of detection and response infrastructure, availability of operating procedures, deployment of border monitoring equipment, human resource development and sustainability aspects. One key element to border monitoring systems is radiation detection equipment used to detect illicit trafficking of nuclear and dangerous radioactive materials in cargo, commerce and passengers. More specifically, the focus is put on detecting components of nuclear weapons and radioactive materials out of regulatory control that can potentially be used for Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) – the highest priority concern for nuclear security.

customs control
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Radiation detection equipment for monitoring borders
31-10-2009

Detection of illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials at borders is a multidimensional task, involving clear identification of roles and responsibilities at all stages of detection and response infrastructure, availability of operating procedures, deployment of border monitoring equipment, human resource development and sustainability aspects. One key element to border monitoring systems is radiation detection equipment used to detect illicit trafficking of nuclear and dangerous radioactive materials in cargo, commerce and passengers. More specifically, the focus is put on detecting components of nuclear weapons and radioactive materials out of regulatory control that can potentially be used for Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) – the highest priority concern for nuclear security.

customs control
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Smart containers: their use, their payback
31-10-2009

The world is trying to ensure that global container traffic is controlled and secure; reducing the vulnerability containers could pose for nations and their ports. Governments and non-government organizations are constantly debating and demanding certain protocols be adopted to achieve this security, for instance the demand by the United States (US) for scanning.

Dr. James R. Giermanski

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Smart containers: their use, their payback
31-10-2009

The world is trying to ensure that global container traffic is controlled and secure; reducing the vulnerability containers could pose for nations and their ports. Governments and non-government organizations are constantly debating and demanding certain protocols be adopted to achieve this security, for instance the demand by the United States (US) for scanning.

Dr. James R. Giermanski

trusted trader
en, fr
Cameroon launches a GPS tracking system for goods in transit
31-10-2009

Against an overwhelmingly liberal trade background, the modern Customs environment appears to be dominated by seeking the best possible balance between facilitation and security of international trade, followed by the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on Customs clearance activities.

IT systems, databases
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Cameroon launches a GPS tracking system for goods in transit
31-10-2009

Against an overwhelmingly liberal trade background, the modern Customs environment appears to be dominated by seeking the best possible balance between facilitation and security of international trade, followed by the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on Customs clearance activities.

IT systems, databases
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Jordan’s Transit Monitoring and Facilitation System
31-10-2009

In its efforts to facilitate the movement of transit trade across Jordan and to balance security and facilitation requirements, Jordan Customs has begun implementing an electronic Transit Monitoring and Facilitation System (TMFS), the first of its kind used by a Customs administration.

IT systems, databases
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Jordan’s Transit Monitoring and Facilitation System
31-10-2009

In its efforts to facilitate the movement of transit trade across Jordan and to balance security and facilitation requirements, Jordan Customs has begun implementing an electronic Transit Monitoring and Facilitation System (TMFS), the first of its kind used by a Customs administration.

IT systems, databases
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JAPAN and the US conclude an AEO Mutual Recognition Arrangement
31-10-2009

On 26 June 2009, during the WCO’s Council Sessions, Mr. Hiroshi Fujioka, the then Director General of Japan’s Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB), and Mr. Jayson P. Ahern, Acting Commissioner of US Customs Border Protection (CBP), signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement concerning their Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programmes, namely Japan’s AEO programme and the US’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Distinguished delegates from Member administrations and observer organizations, including Mr. Martyn Dunne, Chairperson of the Council, and Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, the WCO Secretary General, witnessed the ceremony.

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JAPAN and the US conclude an AEO Mutual Recognition Arrangement
31-10-2009

On 26 June 2009, during the WCO’s Council Sessions, Mr. Hiroshi Fujioka, the then Director General of Japan’s Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB), and Mr. Jayson P. Ahern, Acting Commissioner of US Customs Border Protection (CBP), signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement concerning their Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programmes, namely Japan’s AEO programme and the US’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Distinguished delegates from Member administrations and observer organizations, including Mr. Martyn Dunne, Chairperson of the Council, and Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, the WCO Secretary General, witnessed the ceremony.

trusted trader
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Jamaica Customs Department
31-10-2009

The Jamaica Customs Department (JCD) plays a pivotal role in fulfilling the mission, vision and achieving the targets set by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Customs is a principal contributor to government coffers, collecting approximately 30% of national tax revenue annually.

customs and other authorities
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Jamaica Customs Department
31-10-2009

The Jamaica Customs Department (JCD) plays a pivotal role in fulfilling the mission, vision and achieving the targets set by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Customs is a principal contributor to government coffers, collecting approximately 30% of national tax revenue annually.

customs and other authorities
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The 113th/114th Council Sessions: discussions and decisions
31-10-2009

Directors General of Customs representing the WCO’s 174 Members met in Brussels for the annual Council Sessions from 25 to 27 June 2009. The main issues addressed by the Council related to policy matters, elections and appointments, and a wide range of topical Customs and trade matters.

customs and other authorities
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The 113th/114th Council Sessions: discussions and decisions
31-10-2009

Directors General of Customs representing the WCO’s 174 Members met in Brussels for the annual Council Sessions from 25 to 27 June 2009. The main issues addressed by the Council related to policy matters, elections and appointments, and a wide range of topical Customs and trade matters.

customs and other authorities
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WCO perspectives on coordinated border management
30-06-2009

Right now, governments, the business community and individuals are focused on improving their respective financial situations as a matter of absolute necessity during this current global economic downturn. Trade is a key driver of economic performance, and implementing a coordinated border management strategy involving new levels of integration and collaboration between public and private sectors is widely seen as critical to bolster trade flows, while facilitating the achievement of national economic and societal goals.

customs control, law international
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WCO perspectives on coordinated border management
30-06-2009

Right now, governments, the business community and individuals are focused on improving their respective financial situations as a matter of absolute necessity during this current global economic downturn. Trade is a key driver of economic performance, and implementing a coordinated border management strategy involving new levels of integration and collaboration between public and private sectors is widely seen as critical to bolster trade flows, while facilitating the achievement of national economic and societal goals.

customs control, law international
en, fr
The WCO Data Model: an enabler for coordinated border management
30-06-2009

As countries developed Customs forms, requirements, and automated systems overthe years,there waslittle coordination and consultation among them. As a result, there are thousands of data elements, hundreds of different Customs forms, and as many different Customs systems as there are Customs administrations. This lack of coordination has created a confusing and confounding environment. These different requirements are rife with redundancy and duplication and are expensive to maintain and operate. Governments created this problem; governments can correctthissituation – by using the WCO Data Model.

Bill Nolle

customs control, law international
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The WCO Data Model: an enabler for coordinated border management
30-06-2009

As countries developed Customs forms, requirements, and automated systems overthe years,there waslittle coordination and consultation among them. As a result, there are thousands of data elements, hundreds of different Customs forms, and as many different Customs systems as there are Customs administrations. This lack of coordination has created a confusing and confounding environment. These different requirements are rife with redundancy and duplication and are expensive to maintain and operate. Governments created this problem; governments can correctthissituation – by using the WCO Data Model.

Bill Nolle

customs control, law international
en, fr
WCO launches database of preferential agreements and related rules of origin
30-06-2009

The WCO has established a global database of preferential trade agreements and related rules of origin in accordance with the Action Plan to improve the understanding and application of preferential rules of origin endorsed by the WCO Council in June 2007.

Karen Garside

IT systems, databases, origin
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WCO launches database of preferential agreements and related rules of origin
30-06-2009

The WCO has established a global database of preferential trade agreements and related rules of origin in accordance with the Action Plan to improve the understanding and application of preferential rules of origin endorsed by the WCO Council in June 2007.

Karen Garside

IT systems, databases, origin
en, fr
Customs and Excise Department Hong Kong, China
30-06-2009

The Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong, China (HKC)is a progressive and forward-looking customs organizationwhich contributesto the stability and prosperity of the community. We act with confidence, serve with courtesy and strive for excellence.

customs and other authorities
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Customs and Excise Department Hong Kong, China
30-06-2009

The Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong, China (HKC)is a progressive and forward-looking customs organizationwhich contributesto the stability and prosperity of the community. We act with confidence, serve with courtesy and strive for excellence.

customs and other authorities
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Korea takes concrete action to protect the environment
30-06-2009

In line with the Korean Government's drive for "Green Growth", the Korea Customs Service (KCS) developed its Green Customs vision and released its plan to combat illegal transactions of goods detrimental to the environment in October 2008. This comprehensive longterm plan was produced by adjusting the recommendation on environmental protection adopted by the WCO Council in June 2008 to Korea’s circumstances.

restrictions, trade barriers
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Korea takes concrete action to protect the environment
30-06-2009

In line with the Korean Government's drive for "Green Growth", the Korea Customs Service (KCS) developed its Green Customs vision and released its plan to combat illegal transactions of goods detrimental to the environment in October 2008. This comprehensive longterm plan was produced by adjusting the recommendation on environmental protection adopted by the WCO Council in June 2008 to Korea’s circumstances.

restrictions, trade barriers
en, fr
The WCO Data Model: a trade facilitation tool
30-06-2009

It all started when the G7 deemed standardization and a reduction in the volume of data required for international trade operations essential for facilitating the movement of goods at borders, the key elements undoubtedly being information and documentation.

David Hunt

customs control, law international
en, fr
The WCO Data Model: a trade facilitation tool
30-06-2009

It all started when the G7 deemed standardization and a reduction in the volume of data required for international trade operations essential for facilitating the movement of goods at borders, the key elements undoubtedly being information and documentation.

David Hunt

customs control, law international
en, fr
Border agencies at the frontline of nuclear security
30-06-2009

Headquartered at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) isthe world’s centre of cooperation in the nuclear field. Established in 1957 as an independent, inter-governmental organization under United Nations auspices, IAEA membership currently stands at 146 States.

trusted trader
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Border agencies at the frontline of nuclear security
30-06-2009

Headquartered at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) isthe world’s centre of cooperation in the nuclear field. Established in 1957 as an independent, inter-governmental organization under United Nations auspices, IAEA membership currently stands at 146 States.

trusted trader
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A National Trade Rulebook …so the rules can work and trade can flow
30-06-2009

Customs administrations have worked diligently for more than two decades to increase voluntary compliance with Customs regulations, mainly by making it easier to obtain information aboutregulations. Is this diligence paying off? Can more be done to enable voluntary compliance and, perhaps even more important, to facilitate trade?

Walter Hekala

law
en, fr
A National Trade Rulebook …so the rules can work and trade can flow
30-06-2009

Customs administrations have worked diligently for more than two decades to increase voluntary compliance with Customs regulations, mainly by making it easier to obtain information aboutregulations. Is this diligence paying off? Can more be done to enable voluntary compliance and, perhaps even more important, to facilitate trade?

Walter Hekala

law
en, fr
Sixth Worldwide Security Conference
30-06-2009

The EastWest Institute partnered with Italy, 2009 Chair of the G-8, and the World Customs Organization to host the Sixth Worldwide Security Conference (WSC6) at WCO headquarters in Brusselsfrom 18 to 19 February 2009 with the theme ‘From the Global War on Terror, to Common Security and Joint Action’.

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Sixth Worldwide Security Conference
30-06-2009

The EastWest Institute partnered with Italy, 2009 Chair of the G-8, and the World Customs Organization to host the Sixth Worldwide Security Conference (WSC6) at WCO headquarters in Brusselsfrom 18 to 19 February 2009 with the theme ‘From the Global War on Terror, to Common Security and Joint Action’.

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