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First WCO Global Communication Strategies Conference

Communicating seamlessly in the digital age


We are living in a hyper-connected world where everyone and everything is talking: person to person, person to machine, and machine to machine. With the advent of emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, there are virtually no communication boundaries between connected objects and human beings.

Monograph «Customs in the Far Eastern Republic» is published

The monograph is devoted to the history of the emergence and the main activities of the customs institutions of the Far Eastern Republic (FER), which existed in the territory of the Far East of Russia in 1920–1922. The main attention is paid to the formation of the customs institutions of the buffer state, their relations with the law enforcement agencies of the FER in protecting the borders from smuggling.

WCO Jointly Organises a Session on Gender on the Occasion of the 2019 Global Review of Aid for Trade

On the 3rd of July 2019, on occasion of the WTO Global Review of Aid for Trade, the WCO organized jointly, together with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the World Bank Group (WBG) and the European Commission, a parallel session on Gender Integration in Aid for Trade Facilitation entitled “Existing tools and lessons learned.” The parallel session was opened by the Minister for Foreign Trade of Sweden, Ms. Ann Linde, who emphasized the importance of integrating gender in Aid for Trade initiatives and called upon international donors to allocate more funding for trade initiatives supporting gender equality. The Minister also highlighted the opportunities generated by the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) to simplify trade flows which is particularly important for SMEs, many of which are women-owned.

9th edition of the WCO Knowledge Academy opens its doors in Brussels

The 9th edition of the WCO knowledge Academy for Customs and Trade was launched on Monday 1 July 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, with over 150 participants taking part in a one-week intensive training course targeted at Customs and trade professionals. The sessions will conclude with a field trip to the port of Antwerp, organized with the kind support and close collaboration of Belgium Customs.

WCO support for enhancing Single Window Environment in Eurasian Economic Union and Central Asian countries in partnership with ADB, UN/ESCAP and EEC

Under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF China) and in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN/ESCAP) and the Eurasian Economic Commission, a Sub-Regional Workshop titled “Trade Facilitation, Promoting Inclusive Trade through Innovation and Technology: the Roles of E-Commerce, Trade Finance, and National Single Window Environments” has been hosted in Yerevan by the Customs Administration of Armenia from 11 to 13 June 2019. The Workshop was aimed at strengthening Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Members and Central Asian countries’ capacity to grasp the opportunities that technology and innovation offer in unlocking the gains from the seamless flow of goods across borders and towards developing a harmonized approach in implementation and interoperability of Single Window solutions.




In June 2019 the WCO Regional Training Center and the Russian Customs Academy published the MONOGRAPH «DIGITAL CUSTOMS. WCO Experience». The author of the monograph is Mr. Mozer Sergei, Deputy Head of the Division of Advanced Customs Technologies, Department of Customs Legislation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (hereinafter — EEC), Senior Researcher of the Research Institute of the Russian Customs Academy, PhD in Law.

WCO Conference on technology kicks off in Baku

Around 900 delegates from almost 90 countries, representing the public and private sector, academia and international organizations, gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday 12 June 2019 to attend the WCO IT/TI Conference and Exhibition, a three-day event that will  discuss implementation of technologies and its related challenges and opportunities. The event is being co-hosted by the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, with the support of the Korea Customs Service (KCS) and private sector companies, including the Corporate sponsor of the event, Rapiscan/AS&E/S2Global.