WCO – the role of Customs in natural disaster relief

With the increase in the number of natural disasters, Customs administrations have been called to react more efficiently and effectively, by applying modern procedures to facilitate the rapid entry, exit and transit of disaster relief consignments, including relief personnel, needed to assist victims.

As a concrete response, in June 2011, the World Customs Organization (WCO) adopted a coherent strategy, in the form of a Resolution with a set of practical recommendations for Customs on what to do in the event of a natural disaster to speed up the clearance and release of relief consignments at borders.

Among other things, the Resolution instructs the WCO Secretariat to create a dedicated web page on the WCO public website, containing all existing instruments of relevance to natural disaster relief, including useful links to tools developed by various WCO partners involved in managing natural disaster relief operations.

The WCO Secretariat is pleased to announce that this dedicated web page on the role of Customs in natural disaster relief is now available on the WCO public website and includes a discussion forum hosted by Club de la Réforme – an online WCO think-tank to facilitate communication and exchange of experiences and best practices between WCO Members.

The Customs Community and all interested persons are invited to visit the web page:


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