Customs Digital - online magazine for digitization of customs
Customs Digital is a newly launched magazine for customs practitioners in Europe. The editor Janine Lampprecht says: "We want to explain things simply, pragmatically, and clearly, and to generate interest in the digitization of customs. Our vision - to revolutionize the customs world and make IT easy to understand for customs practitioners".
Learn more about the magazine by reading the interview with Janine and watching a video record of a talk (11 minutes) during the webinar 'Journals on Customs'.
Enrika: Janine, how was the idea to start the magazine born?
Janine: I remember how we met at an event organized by the German customs practitioners association Aussenwirtschaftsrunde e.V. Afterwards, you shared with me the idea of starting a magazine. It was the moment when I thought: "I would love to!"
Enrika: Indeed, the events create invaluable opportunities to expand ones professional network and to exchange ideas! Please tell us more about Customs Digital.
Janine: Digitization and IT does not always have to sound like science fiction. We want to explain things simply, pragmatically, and clearly, and to generate interest in customs digitization. With articles on the basics of the IT world, explanations of terminology, and best practice projects, we aim to provide customs practitioners with knowledge of the digital customs of tomorrow.
Our vision - to revolutionize the customs world and make IT easy to understand for customs practitioners.
Enrika: What are the main topics covered in the current (first) issue of Customs Digital?
Janine: We want to explain technologies in an easy way and to show what is possible so that customs practitioners get ideas on how to bring digitization into the customs processes of their companies. Examples of the topics of published articles: "Determining Customs Tariff Numbers from Images: Science Fiction or Soon Reality?", "Digitalisation versus the Four-eyes Principle – Data Analytics in ICS", "Automated Random Sampling Control of Data Sets".
Currently, we are looking for customs practitioners who would share their digitalization experience and insights in an article.
Enrika: What aspects of customs digitalization do you find most exciting? And what current developments - the most challenging?
Janine: For us and our own innovation processes, the operational customs clearance process is the most exciting. Answering the second question, I think, the e-commerce business is growing and needs to have an easier and more digital way to clear customs, especially in the B2C sector.
Enrika: As we talk about challenges, what are the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of being an editor of the magazine?
Janine: The most challenging is to explain your own projects in a valuable way for other customs practitioners to use these insights in their projects. The rewarding aspect is to meet other digitalization passionate people and to learn their insights shared in the articles.
Enrika: What would be your advice for the reader, who has an idea to start a journal (magazine) on customs?
Janine: I would advise, first of all, to talk to you, as you are a great supporter, and then just do it! I think all new topics need development and we will see what the way for Customs Digital is.