Herewith a link to the latest edition of WCO News, providing a wealth of customs news and developments from across the globe. This edition focuses almost entirely on regional initiatives involving C-2-C information exchange. On pages 20 to 22 you’ll read about new developments emerging on customs inter-connectivity and information exchange in the Southern African Region. At this time, a conference lead by the WCO, involving representatives from UNCTAD, SACU, SADC and COMESA and SARS is taking place in Pretoria to establish a firm framework for introduction of customs information exchange. I will devote a dedicated article on these developments shortly, as this has implications for the business community as well. Also, don’t miss the feature on South Africa’s modernisation developments, pages 29 and 30. Besides the usual editorials this edition includes –
- WCO Secretary General launches Year of Connectivity.
- Evolving technology landscape and its impact on Customs.
- Latest developments in Latin America, Southern Africa and Europe.
- West Africa implements airport task forces to fight drug trafficking.
- South Africa to roll out mobile Customs controls.
- Operation “Short Circuit” successes and challenges.
- WCO Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate
- WCO – 2012 is the year of Connectivity (mpoverello.wordpress.com)
- Insight behind the WCO Data Model (mpoverello.wordpress.com)
- SARS “Trusted Trader” programme under the spotlight (mpoverello.wordpress.com)
- African Bank and WCO create partnership to strengthen customs administrations (mpoverello.com)