Sergei Mozer, Ph.D. at law
International Customs Day (ICD), which is officially marked on 26 January every year, was celebrated by the WCO Secretariat on 24 January 2020 at the Organization’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Once again, the Customs community comes together, united in celebrating International Customs Day, which officially falls on 26 January of each year. This special day enables WCO Members, the WCO Secretariat and Customs’ worldwide partners to dedicate themselves to taking forward a particular theme. Thus, throughout 2020, under the slogan “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet,” the Customs community will be focusing on the contribution of Customs towards a sustainable future where social, economic, health and environmental needs are at the heart of its actions.
The Seventh Meeting of the Working Group on the Comprehensive Review of the Revised Kyoto Convention (WGRKC) was held from 9 to -13 December 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, with the attendance of 42 delegates from 19 Member Customs administrations and 7 external stakeholders.
At the invitation of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya attended a meeting of the EU Working Party on Customs Union (Customs Union Group — CUG), held on 10 January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium to present the WCO’s outlook for 2020.
HS 2022, which is the seventh edition of the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature used for the uniform classification of goods traded internationally all over the world, has been accepted by the all Contracting Parties to the Harmonized System Convention. It shall come into force on 1 January 2022.
On November 26, 2019 a lecture-discussion was organized at the Russian Customs Academy for students of the Customs Faculty* on the topic «Activities of the World Customs Organization in the field of modern Information and Communication Technologies». The lecture was held by Sergei Mozer, Deputy Head of Division of Advanced Customs Technologies, Department of Customs Legislation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (hereinafter — the EEC), Ph.D. at law.
The 21st Meeting of the Revised Kyoto Convention Management Committee (RKC/MC) was held from 18 to 20 November 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels. In her opening remarks, Ms. Ana B. Hinojosa, Director of Compliance and Facilitation, welcomed the accession, since the last RKC/MC meeting held in June 2019, of Ghana and Brazil as the 119th and 120th Contracting Parties to the RKC. She also provided a brief update on the work done and progress made by the Working Group on the Comprehensive Review of the Revised Kyoto Convention (WGRKC). She further emphasized the expectation of this RKC/MC meeting to provide guidance to the WGRKC in the right direction by bringing out a more concrete RKC review process and a clearer way forward. She reminded of the important discussions held in the last RKC/MC Meeting and of the conclusions from the June 2019 Policy Commission and Council.