Latest edition of WCO News now available

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.

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CONTENT (Download the June 2017 Issue in PDF Format)

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
     Sub-Directorate, WCO

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   Panorama

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   Events

56 — WCO Global AEO Conference: a focal point for security and facilitation discussions

59 — Calendar of Events