The WCO has published the 83rd edition of WCO News, the Organization’s flagship magazine aimed at the Customs community, which provides a selection of informative articles that touch the international Customs and trade landscape.
This edition features a special dossier on the use of collective action to fight corruption and how it can apply in the Customs context, and includes both country-specific experiences as well as the views of Customs’ partners.
It also puts a spotlight, in its focus section, on the WCO Mercator Programme, the capacity building programme designed by the WCO to assist governments in implementing the Customs trade facilitation measures outlined in the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
Other highlights include articles on the implementation of a new standard to ensure that men and women receive equal pay for equal work, enhanced control of light aviation in West Africa, the use of basic mathematics to fight corruption and bad practices, and much more.
The magazine is published and distributed free of charge three times a year, in February, June and October, and is available online or in paper format.
If you do not want to miss future issues of WCO News, you are invited to fill out the online subscription form.
04 Flash info
04 — Image format standardization: a revolution in the making
By Tim S. Norton, Global Market Director, Ports & Borders, Corporate Strategy & Marketing Group
of Smiths Detection, and Asha Menon, Senior Technical Officer, Procedures and Facilitation
06 — Latest accessions to WCO instruments
08 Dossier : Collective Action
09 — Integrity: what we have learned and what we still need to learn
By Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization
12 — Anti-corruption Collective Action: the logical next step for Customs
By Gemma Aiolfi, Head of the International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA),
Basel Institute on Governance
15 — Fighting corruption through partnership: the Uruguayan experience
By Verónica Gómez, Head of Audit of Processes, Uruguayan Customs Administration
20 — Collective action to promote integrity in the maritime sector
By Martin Benderson, Associate, BSR (Copenhagen
23 — Renewing Guatemala’s Customs service
By Mgter. Werner Ovalle, Guatemala Customs Intendent, and MBA. María Lucía Soto,
Guatemala Council of Users of International Transport
26 Focus: WCO Mercator Programme
26 — WCO Mercator Programme: pioneering innovative partnerships
By Nathan Taylor, Programme Manager, and Johanna Tornstrom, Programme Coordinator,
Capacity Building Directorate, WCO
29 — ‘Hackathon’ innovation potential tested by Finnish Customs
By Annukka Elonen, Foreign Trade and Taxation Department, Finnish Customs
32 — Enhanced control of light aviation in West Africa
By Philippe Haan, Regional Customs attaché, French Embassy in Dakar, Senegal
36 — Gender equality through equal pay: Iceland Customs takes the lead
By Unnur Ýr Kristjánsdóttir, Director Human Resources, Iceland Customs
40 — Border workforce well-being: Canada takes care of its employees
By John Ossowski, President of the Canada Border Services Agency
44 — China’s latest initiatives to enhance Customs integrity and compliance
By Libing WEI, Policy Adviser, International Cooperation, China Customs
47 — EAC Regional AEO programme: a model for regional integration and trade facilitation
By Richard Chopra, WCO-Sweden Programme Director, and Martin Ojok,
EAC Regional Project Manager
50 — Going digital: a Tanzanian Customs broker shares his experience
By Charles Bwaira, Managing Director, Trinity Logistics (T) Ltd
52 — Using basic mathematics to fight corruption and bad practices:
the realities of day-to-day practice in Cameroon
By Marcellin Djeuwo, Head of the Risk Management Unit, Cameroon Customs
56 — WCO Global AEO Conference: a focal point for security and facilitation discussions
59 — Calendar of Events