Dear friends,

Following the information policy of the information resource «Russian customs academy: SCIENCE», we introduce you from time to time to the main areas of the World Customs Organization activities (WCO), as well as its legal instruments and tools, development of other international organizations.

Today we participated in the 19th session of the Administrative Committee of the Customs Convention on Containers 1972 (Administrative Committee). The event passed in virtual format in the WCO Headquarters.

Note: the Administrative Committee for the Customs Convention on Containers, 1972 is established to consider the implementation of the Customs Convention on Containers, 1972 and any amendment proposed thereto. The Committee shall consist of Contracting Parties to the Convention. The Committee may decide that States referred to in Article 18 which are not Contracting Parties or representatives of international organizations may attend the sessions of the Committee as observers. To achieve the mandate, the Administrative Committee shall examine:

– proposals for amendments to the Convention.

– proposals for inclusion in the Handbook and where appropriate issue Opinions and Comments for inclusion therein.

– relevant developments in other WCO working bodies and international organizations, as appropriate.

When preparing for sessions of the WCO working bodies, the most interesting, in my opinion, is the study of reference materials of the WCO Secretariat. This ensures prompt involvement in the issues under consideration on the agenda of the meeting.

Without touching on the discussions that took place, let us pay attention to a number of developments recommended by the WCO Secretariat, which are in the public domain for business entities, experts and interested persons who are in charge of the implementation of the Convention.

In the block on “the supply chain digitalization”, the WCO Secretariat included the following instruments and tools:

UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (2017)

  – Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) in 2020.

 Along with this, the experts were presented with:

Handbook Customs Convention on Containers, 1972.

 – International Maritime Organization (IMO) Guidelines for the prevention and suppression of the smuggling of wildlife on ships engaged in international maritime traffic (01.06.2022).

– Guide of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations “Container shipping and container deposits (cash guarantees). Best practices as proposed by FIATA Vol 3.URL).

 – IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code).

IT standards that would enable interoperability of technology solutions across the industry (DCSA).

We highly appreciate the work of the Administrative Committee аnd express our confidence that the information presented can be useful for educational purposes at the university, as well as within the framework of research projects.


Sergei Mozer

Russian Сustoms Academy: SCIENCE