The Regional Workshop on Passenger Controls and Programme Global Shield was held from 16 to 18 October 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand as part of the WCO Security Project for South East Asia and the Pacific Islands. The event was organized by the WCO and co-hosted by the Thai Customs Department.
The 2017 edition of the Global Trade Development Week was organized in Dubai, from 30 October to 1 November 2017, under the patronage of the Ministry of Economy and in partnership with the Federal Customs Authority of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The event was attended by representatives from Customs administrations, ministries of trade, international organizations and the private sector from various regions of the globe.
Today, the World Customs Organization (WCO) released the 2016 Illicit Trade Report, its flagship publication in which the Organization tries to quantify and map the situation concerning illicit markets in the following six key areas: Cultural Heritage; Drugs; Environment; IPR, Health…
The World Customs Organization (WCO), in cooperation with Japan Customs, launched today in Tokyo, Japan, the 6th WCO Technology and Innovation Forum which gathered around 500 participants from Customs administrations, law enforcement agencies, government ministries and the private sector to discuss the most recent technological innovations and trends in border management.
The WCO organized its first Accreditation Workshop for Technical and Operational Advisors on Customs Laboratory Matters from 23 to 27 October at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, with the support of CCF/Japan. Twelve pre-selected candidates from the Customs Laboratories of Argentina, China, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Russia Federation, Sudan and Turkey participated in the programme.
The 18th meeting of the SAFE Working Group (SWG), held from 25 to 27 October 2017 at the WCO headquarters in Brussels, brought together over 125 delegates from Customs administrations, partner government agencies, the Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG) and observer entities including international organizations.
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By Craig Clark, Branch Chief, Advance Data Programs and Cargo Initiatives, Office of Cargo and
The 217th/218th Sessions of the Permanent Technical Committee (PTC) concluded its proceedings on Friday 20 October with a list of important outputs and actions to be followed up on during the intersession.
The Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG) met for the 41st time on 23 and 24 October 2017 at the WCO Headquarters. The meeting was chaired by John Mein from PROCOMEX, and Mr. Jaime King from IFCBA was presented as the newly-elected Vice-Chair. The group greeted four new members: The Association of Professional Customs Brokers of the Americas (ASAPRA), Expeditors, Fédération Maritime de Côte d’ Ivoire (FEDERMAR), and the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI). The meeting began with an orientation session for the new members by Ms Ana Hinojosa, WCO Director of Compliance and Facilitation.
At the invitation of Mr. Vladimir Bulavin, Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya attended the XVIII International Exhibition «The Customs Service — 2017» in Moscow, on 24 and 25 October 2017.