Another feature filled WCO News e-publication featuring Blockchain big time!
The October 2015 Edition focuses on the subject of e-Commerce, among’st other developments at the WCO. There’s a discussion on a new book which provides insight into the economic benefits of implementing a single window system, as well as a review of a book titled ‘The Politics of Trade and Tobacco Control’.
Other articles include an overview of Russia’s Training Centre for NII System experts; Prospects for Africa’s Tripartite Free Trade Agreement in the light of lessons learned from the East African Community and a panorama of diverse discussion articles concerning Customs standards, education, and Customs response to challenges posed by a world of rampant crime and natural disasters. Download and enjoy! Source: WCO
Check out the latest WCO News – per usual a wealth of interesting customs and supply chain information:
- WCO launches IRIS, an application exploiting open source information
- Harmonized System amendments effective from 1 January 2017
- Beginning the CBM process: the Botswana experience
- Inter-institutionality – a distinctive feature of the Colombian AEO model
- WCO Data Model: the bridgehead to connectivity in international trade
- Implementing New Zealand’s Joint Border Management System
and a whole lot more…
The theme of this edition is predictably about “communication”. For a change I was fortunate enough to receive a hard copy (print) version. Nonetheless, it is more accessible to the masses electronically via the WCO website. The Secretary General discusses the role of ‘communication’ in the dissemination of critical information whether it be via internet portals, social media and the evolving myriad of technology based trade facilitation tools. In this particular regard, the number of emerging countries registering their participation through customs-specific trade information portals and the adoption of electronic Single Window platforms is becoming common place.
The playing fields between the developed and under-developed world are beginning to be leveled so to speak. Harmonisation and standardization via computer systems is beginning to mature to an extent un-thought of just a few years back. While mainstream declaration processing engines will still be required to ‘crunch’ the vast volumes of customs transactional information, it is the era of ‘Apps’ which will prove to offer niche service offerings to the business community. For instance, many vendors offer HS tariff search and duty calculators. Some Customs and Border Administrations provide traders with transaction status notifications and other advice via SMS. Above all this, the Secretary General still emphasizes the importance of the human element — to make sure that communication remains a two-way process which fosters cooperation.
Featured articles include an overview of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation. There are also several articles concerning communication strategy, business recovery and the role of Customs Brokers in the improvement of communication and cooperation. Read also about Single Window developments and a glimpse into the future of border technologies. Source: WCO
Treat yourself to news and views on Customs around the globe. As usual the WCO News does not disappoint. Content includes –
- Highlights from the 2012 Council.
- Latest developments in WCO areas of work: compliance, facilitation, capacity building and tariff and trade affairs.
- Germany and the problem of “cheap whites”.
- UK’s strategy to tackle tobacco smuggling.
- The Chairperson of the Kimberley Process, Ambassador Gillian A. Milovanovic, sheds some light on the diamond trade and its “dark” side.
- China’s Ambassador to the EU, H.E. Wu Hailong, provides his perspective on trade facilitation, as well as China’s initiatives in this domain.
Moreover, there are other interesting articles on informal fund transfer systems, dual-use goods, and transit control. For South African readers don’t miss the article penned by our Customs Counsellor in Brussels Coffet Lebepe. His article provides an insight on South Africa’s preparations to combat illicit trade in tobacco products. Click here to download the WCO News! Source: The WCO