The inaugural meeting of the WCO Performance Measurement Mechanism Project Team (PMMPT) marked a significant milestone in ensuring the successful implementation of the first WCO Performance Measurement Mechanism. Held from February 5 to 6, 2024, this gathering showcased a remarkable assembly of participants, underscoring a shared commitment to actively contribute to the realization of the WCO Performance Measurement Mechanism (PMM) through the deployment of an innovative, fully digitized PMM Platform.
On 26 January each year, the Customs community comes together to celebrate International Customs Day. As we gather to commemorate this important occasion, I am filled with a profound sense of honour and anticipation in my first year as Secretary General. While this year’s celebration is especially significant for me, its wider importance in part comes from it marking the launch of our new theme: “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose”.
Join us at the 6th WCO Global AEO Conference in Shenzhen, China, from 8 to 10 May 2024, and explore the theme of «Harnessing the Power of AEO Programmes for Inclusive and Sustainable Global Trade.» This global 3-day event will bring together key stakeholders from around the world to delve into the transformative potential of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programmes.
Dedicated to Tamara Buyanova
We bring to your attention a collection of publications of Sergei Mozer on the issues of membership of economic and customs unions in the World Customs Organization (WCO) — LEGAL STATUS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION IN THE WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION.
December 2023, the World Customs Organization (WCO) marked a significant moment as Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, who is concluding his term on 31 December 2023, hosted a farewell event for the staff of the WCO Secretariat and Customs attachés from Brussels-based embassies. The gathering was a tribute to Dr. Mikuriya’s tenure and achievements. His farewell speech, encapsulating his experiences and insights, is accessible here.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) has published a Research/policy note on Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) for Customs.
This note therefore aims to foster informed discussions on GenAI within Customs administrations, the broader WCO community, and among the technical and financial partners of Customs authorities worldwide.
On December 5, during its 89th Policy Commission, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) signed a Cooperation Agreement, marking the start of the Smart Customs Project. This agreement was signed by WCO Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya and Vice Minister of GACC Dr. Wang Lingjun.
The Strategic Trade Control Enforcement Implementation Guide has been the backbone of the STCE programme since its inception in 2016. The latest update of the Guide is currently available in English, and it contains, among other things, updated HS codes of strategic commodities, as well as new Annexes on Post Control Audit and Investigations. Other language versions will follow in 2024.
The WCO is pleased to launch an updated edition of its Gender Equality Organizational Assessment Tool (GEOAT). Originally launched in 2014, this self-assessment tool aims at assisting Customs and Revenue Administrations in assessing their policies and practices both internally (related to, for instance, human resource management) and externally (in their border operations and stakeholder relations) to further incorporate gender equality and diversity on a cross-cutting basis within their administrations.