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A Capacity Building estimate # 1
The World Customs Organization (WCO) actively provides capacity building for its Members to help their operations become more effective, efficient, transparent, and predictable. While capacity building takes varying forms, the WCO’s chief activity is strategically analysing a Customs administrations’ modernisation needs.
Glossary of international Customs terms
Following the adoption of the Revised Kyoto Convention, the Permanent Technical Committee undertook a comprehensive review of the definitions contained in the Glossary of International Customs Terms. The work was recently completed and this brochure contains the updated terms. A handy guide to help you understand the international language of Customs.
Introducing the Convention on temporary admission
This brochure describes the structure and benefits of the Istanbul Convention. It also outlines the preparatory work necessary for accession and for the implementation of the provisions of the Convention and its various Annexes.
Guidelines on advance passenger information (API)
In 1993, in order to cope with a dramatic rise in passenger traffic, Customs administrations implemented various measures to facilitate the movement of passengers while maintaining appropriate controls. The WCO and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) jointly developed the WCO/IATA Guidelines on Advance Passenger Information (API) as a tool to help their Members implement this system.
Johannesburg Convention
The Convention, based on the principle of reciprocity, provides a number of benefits in addition to offering modern enforcement co-operation techniques: it contains provisions on cross-border co-operation and provides for the centralization of information in a data base in order to assist Contracting Parties in the areas of cross-border crime, fiscal fraud and security at the border.
A national Valuation database as a risk assessment tool
A national valuation database is a risk assessment tool which may be used by a Customs Administration along with other risk tools to assess potential risk regarding the truth or accuracy of the declared Customs value for imported goods. The information in the database should be recent data reflecting the Customs value and other pertinent information for previously imported goods.
A Capacity Building estimate # 3
The WCO launched the Columbus Programme in January 2005 with the objective of the SAFE Framework of Standards implementation, supporting the WTO trade facilitation agenda, and comprehensive Customs modernization based on the seven clusters of the WCO Diagnostic Framework. The Columbus Programme consists of three phases, needs assessment, implementation, and monitoring.
Compendium of Integrity Best Practices
The Compendium of Integrity Best Practices is designed to assist Member Administrations in developing comprehensive and sustainable integrity strategy and action plans.
Integrity Development guide
The Integrity Development Guide is based on a self-assessment process designed to be a practical tool for Customs administrations. It focuses on a number of core issues that are central to the development of an effective and efficient integrity program.
WCO Data Model
These guidelines are designed to assist Governments and Trade in harmonising and standardising government international trade information and data requirements in order to develop and implement a Single Window environment.
"Parlons-en" Convention de Kyoto révisée
Sous la forme de questions/réponses, cette brochure répond aux interrogations concernant l'entrée en vigueur de la convention de Kyoto révisée.
Global Container Analysis Report 2008
This UNODC-WCO Global Container Analysis Report describes the progress being made by the Container Control Programme (CCP) in 2008 and illustrates how, and to what extent, maritime containers are being used to smuggle illicit drugs, precursor chemicals, and tobacco and counterfeit goods. It also includes an overview of the smuggling of arms and ammunition, the cash proceeds of crime, and various fiscal frauds.
A Colombus programme Phase 2 - Implementation tool
A Colombus programme Phase 2 - Implementation tool
WCO news # 62
- Special Dossier: Risk management, a critical Customs tool
- Focus: Protecting cultural heritage
- Event: International Customs Day around the world