Archive for category Worlwide Customs

News from European Union

* Strengthening the Security of the Supply Chain
8 January 2013, Brussels
The European Commission adopted new strategies on Customs Risk Management and the Security of the Supply Chain.
Read more here.
* European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)
9 January 2013, Brussels
Created with the aim of helping and protecting European citizens and businesses from cyber-crime, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) opened on 11 January.
Check the Press Release and Memo.
* Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan 
9 January 2013, Brussels
The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan’s aim is to promote the entrepreneurial potential, to remove existing obstacles and to revolutionise the culture of entrepreneurship in Europe.
Find more following the link.

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WCO and CIS Enhance their Cooperation

22 October 2012, Moscow
The World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) signed a Protocol of Intent to improve the cooperation between the two organizations.
More here.

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OECD Launched The ‘Global Recalls Portal’

19 October 2012
OECD launched a international portal to exchange information about unsafe products that have been taken off the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.
The portal,, will contribute to boosting consumer safety across the world.
For more information kindly check here.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 41 (1 – 7 October 2012)

* ASEAN Adopted the WCO Data Model
The ASEAN adopted the World Customs Organization (WCO) Data Model as a tool to assist the development of customs procedures to enhance trade facilitation.
More here.
* Pakistan is the new Member of The Global Forum on Tax Transparency
Pakistan has joined as the 111th member  the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.
Check here.
* Bangladesh accedes to the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention
Bangladesh deposited the instrument of accession to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (Revised Kyoto Convention) with the World Customs Organization (WCO).
Click for more here.

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Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide by UNECE

September 2012
The United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE), with the support of its UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), develop the Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (TFIG) which is very utile for who are working in advocacy in the trade facilitation domain.
The guide gives an overview of governmental organisations that work in the field of trade facilitation, either through setting rules and standards, providing technical assistance, or by doing research.
More information is available here.

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The World Trade Report 2012

16 July 2012
The World Trade Report 2012, published by World Trade Organization (WTO), exams the worldwide trade and public policies and the regulatory measures for trade in goods and services.
The main focus of the Report is on the non-tariff measures (NTMs) as technical barriers to trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.
 World Trade Report 2012 - Trade News in Brief
For more information please refer to next link and the Report can be download from here.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 26 (18–24 June 2012)

* IPCC Asks Greenhouse Gas Inventories Task Force to Revise Guidelines
7 June 2012
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) asked its  Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) to develop, revise and update  the guidance on greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).
For further information please click here.
* WCO and UNIFAB Sign an MOU to Combat Counterfeiting
14 June 2012, Brussels
The World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Union des Fabricants (UNIFAB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their close cooperation in the fight against counterfeiting.
More here.
* US & EAC – Trade and Investment Partnership
20 June 2012, New York
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the East African Community (EAC) member states signed a joint statement on a new trade and investment partnership.
* Vietnam & Morocco Sign Investment Protection Accord
19 June 2012, Rabat
Morocco and Vietnam signed a bilateral accord designed to promote and to protect investments in both countries.

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Albania Takes Part of Harmonized System Convention (HS)

21 May 2012, Brussels
The World Customs Organization (WCO) is pleased to welcome Albania as the 142nd Contracting Party to the Harmonized System Convention as the country deposited its instrument of accession to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonized System).
The Harmonized System Convention will enter into force in Albania on 1 January 2014.
For further details please refer to WCO’s webpage.

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The ICC Guide to Export-Import New Edition

10 May 2012, Paris
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a new edition of its Guide to Export-Import, the 4th one. The revised version is a real helping tool for international trade professionals to understand the risks and challenges of cross-border trading.
The ICC Guide to Export-Import and other trade tools for international business are available from

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EU-U.S. Agreement on “Trusted Traders”

4 May 2012, Brussels
Under the agreement between the EU and the U.S., the each other’s security certified operators will be recognised by both customs’ authorities. These companies will benefit from faster controls and reduced administration for customs clearance and will also improve security on imports and exports.
The companies which will be affected by this agreement are the members of Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs) in the EU and the members of US Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
More on the EU’s Press Releases.

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