In June 2019 the WCO Regional Training Center and the Russian Customs Academy published the MONOGRAPH «DIGITAL CUSTOMS. WCO Experience». The author of the monograph is Mr. Mozer Sergei, Deputy Head of the Division of Advanced Customs Technologies, Department of Customs Legislation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (hereinafter — EEC), Senior Researcher of the Research Institute of the Russian Customs Academy, PhD in Law.

The monograph represents historical and current facts of the formation of the institution of electronic and digital customs in the World Customs Organization. It analyzes various activities of the WCO working bodies for the development of digital customs. Attention is paid to the issues related to preparation of the Digital Customs Concept, the Digital Customs Maturity Model, and the WCO Digital Customs Work Program. The author investigates the issues of correlating the analyzed institution with various instruments of customs regulation which are created by the international customs community in the World Customs Organization.

The monograph can be useful for a wide range of specialists in the field of international customs cooperation and improvement of customs regulation on the basis of international standards. It can be used by scientists, lecturers, students, graduate students and other categories of students in the Russian Customs Academy, in other universities and Regional Training Centers of the World Customs Organization specializing in «Customs» and «Jurisprudence» as well as for experts of the WCO working bodies, Customs and other executive authorities in the Member States of the EEU, experts of the Eurasian Economic Commission for organizing and implementing mutually beneficial customs cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the World Customs Organization.

Sergei Mozer

On June 18, 2019 the monograph «Digital Customs. WCO Experience» and the results of the study were presented at the Headquarters of the World Customs Organization in the framework of the 20th meeting of the Revised Kyoto Convention Management Committee (hereinafter — the RKCMC).

In considering item VII of the RKCMC Agenda (Update of the RKC ICT Guidelines) Sergei Mozer made a presentation on the topic «Digital Customs. WCO Experience» (Read). He noted the importance of working on modernizing the Revised Kyoto Convention ICT Guidelines. This topic is relevant to the issue of the WCO — the development of the digital customs institution.

The attention of the representatives of the Customs Administrations of the WCO member countries was drawn to the fact that today several meetings of the Working Group on digital customs were held in the EEC customs block. Such work is carried out within the framework of the implementation of the Action Plan for the development of the Single Window mechanism in the Eurasian Economic Union member states. In order to analyze the foreign experience and best practices of customs administration, experts from the EEC customs bloc turned to the WCO developments as well as to the existing approaches of the WCO member states to create a digital customs institute. The results of the analysis were transformed into an independent study (research-paper) in the form of the monograph «Digital Customs. WCO Experience».

Sergei Mozer, the representative of the EEС, noted the need to determine the competence, characteristics of paperless, electronic, digital and smart customs, its relationship with e-commerce single window mechanism, as well as information technology and ICT solutions in the optimization (reengineering) of customs operations and business processes. In his opinion, certain provisions of the digital customs institute should be reflected in the Revised Kyoto Convention, as well as the updated ICT Guidelines of the Revised Kyoto Convention in the context of the work carried out by the Revised Kyoto Convention Management Committee and the Working Group on Comprehensive Review of the Kyoto Convention.

Experts from the WCO Secretariat and the RKCMC expressed interest in the study carried out in the EEC customs bloc and asked to familiarize themselves with its results in more detail.

The content of the MONOGRAPH «DIGITAL CUSTOMS. WCO Experience» can be found at the link.

The publications of the author on the problems of the formation of the institute of electronic and digital customs can be found on the information resource: «RUSSIAN CUSTOMS ACADEMY: SCIENCE» at the following link.

June 20th , 2019