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1 WELCOME An introduction to the World Customs Organization and its Instruments

2 1.The World Customs Organization in brief 2.The WCO Trade Facilitation Instruments / Standards 3.The WCO – WTO relationship in the context of the WTO TFNG Structure of the presentation Copyright © 2006 /2007 World Customs Organization

3 In 1994, the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) adopted the informal working name World Customs Organization …to better reflect its worldwide membership The WCO, a change of name Copyright © 2006 /2007 World Customs Organization

4 The WCO, some brief facts… As of April 2009 : 174 Members* Two official languages : English and French** Headquarters : Brussels, Belgium Budget for 2008/2009 : 15 million Democratic traditions : One Member = One vote Copyright © 2006/2007 World Customs Organization * excludes the European Communities which, since July 2007, has rights akin to those of a WCO Member for matters falling within its competences as an interim measure ** increased use of Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish as « working » languages

5 Europe Americas Asia Pacific East and Southern Africa North Africa, Near and Middle East West and Central Africa The WCO, an Organization with global reach… 174 Members divided into 6 regions responsible for processing 98% of international trade Red Yellow Green Maroon Cyan Magenta Copyright © 2006 /2007 World Customs Organization

6 Evolution of Customs Revenue Collection of Import Taxes (duties & excise) Protection of Society (drug trafficking, firearms, environment, etc.) Economic Development (trade facilitation) Customs function Protection of Economic Interests (domestic industry) Security (shifting focus to the entire supply chain) Framework of Standards

7 The WCO Mission Statement To enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations …by improving their ability to economic prosperity and social development Apply trade regulations & Trade Facilitation Protect society Protect society Collect fiscal revenue Copyright © 2006/2007 World Customs Organization...which promotes

8 The WCOs objective… …to secure the highest degree of harmony and uniformity in Customs systems Copyright © 2006/2007 World Customs Organization

9 The WCOs key activities I Developing and maintaining international Customs instruments such as the Harmonized System, the Revised Kyoto Convention, the Istanbul Convention, the Nairobi Convention, the Time Release Study, etc. Encouraging uniform application of simplified and harmonized Customs systems and procedures and the increased use of IT as well as the implementation of the WCO Data Model (Single Window) Administering international instruments developed by other multilateral institutions such as the WTO Agreements on Customs Valuation and Origin and the UN Convention on Containers Copyright © 2006/2007 World Customs Organization

10 Securing and facilitating the movement of goods in the international trade supply chain through the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards to secure and facilitate global trade (implementation of the Authorized Economic Operator system and mutual recognition of such systems) Promoting integrity in Customs through the revised Arusha Declaration on Integrity and the development of tools that assist Members to implement integrity best practices Encouraging Customs-to-Customs co-operation and mutual assistance, and collaborating with international organisations on issues that impact on the global Customs community …key activities II Copyright © 2006/2007 World Customs Organization

11 Providing sustainable capacity building guidance and assistance to facilitate Customs modernisation initiatives, and to implement international Customs and trade instruments Promoting partnerships between Customs and the international business community Combating transnational organised crime, environmental crime, drug trafficking, money laundering, smuggling, the illicit diamond trade, illegal arms and ammunition, stolen motor vehicles and other Customs offences …key activities III Copyright © 2006/2007 World Customs Organization.

12 1. The World Customs Organization in brief 2. The WCO Trade Facilitation Instruments / Standards 3. The WCO – WTO relationship in the context of the WTO TFNG Structure of the presentation Copyright © 2006 /2007 World Customs Organization

13 1. Negotiations shall aim to clarify and improve relevant aspects of Articles V, VIII and X of the GATT 1994 with a view to further expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods,…. WTO July Package - Annex D

14 Due account shall be taken of the relevant work of the WCO and other relevant international organizations in this area. (Shall use relevant international standards or parts as a basis – TN/TF/W/131/Rev.1) WTO July Package - Annex D

15 WCO TF Instruments (referred to in the WTO Members 3rd generation proposals) Revised Kyoto Convention (TN/TF/W/117/Rev.1, 134, 131/Rev.1, 140) Harmonized System (TN/TF/W/126, 131/Rev.1) Istanbul Convention (TN/TF/W/ 131/Rev.1)

16 (referred to in the WTO Members 3rd generation proposals) Immediate Release Guidelines (TN/TF/W/ 117/Rev.1) Time Release Study (TN/TF/W/ 139/Rev.1) WCO TF Instruments

17 4 International Convention on the simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures (Kyoto Convention, adopted in 1973) 4 Revised in 1999 after 4 years revision work (consultation with the private sector) and entered into force in February 2006 – 600 legal provisions 4 Blueprint for Modern Customs procedures å effective controls facilitate legitimate trade Revised Koyto Convention (RKC)

18 Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) Core provisions and definitions of general application to all Customs procedures in ten Chapters of the General Annex - obligatory Specific Annexes contain Chapters relating to specific procedures (25) - optional Implementation period for Standards/Recommended Practices (3 years) and Transitional Standards (5 years) Detailed Guidelines containing information for - the interpretation of the provisions - the implementation of the provisions - methods of application and best practices

19 Revised Kyoto Convention – Management Committee Management Committee (Article 6 of the Convention) responsible for - securing uniformity in the interpretation - application and in any amendments proposed 59 Contracting Parties (accession process ongoing in many countries) Observers (WCO Members, UN Members – incl. WTO Members, International Organizations and Trade)

20 WCO Members (174) Iceland Mexico Malta Romania 1973 Kyoto (63) EU (27+1) OECD (30) RKC (59) Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Luxembourg Netherlands Poland EC Cyprus Latvia Australia Canada Japan Algeria Botswana China Croatia India Lesotho Madagascar Malaysia Morocco Pakistan Senegal Serbia South Africa Uganda Vietnam Zimbabwe Zambia Africa, middle-east (10) Burundi Cameroon Côte d'Ivoire Dem.Rep. Congo* Gambia Kenya Malawi Nigeria Rwanda Saudi Arabia Asia (1) Sri Lanka* Europe (1) Israel Latin America (1) Cuba Other non-CPs *: Signed subject to ratification (not yet) Korea NZ Norway Austria Belgium Bulgaria Czech Denmark Finland France Portugal Slovak Rep Spain Sweden UK Azerbaijan Egypt Jordan Mauritius Mongolia Montenegro Namibia Switzerland Turkey US Estonia Lithuania Slovenia

21 Transparency and predictability - Rules for providing information - Clear and transparent appeal procedures (Customs, independent authority, courts) Standardization and simplification of goods declaration and supporting documents - Minimum data requirements - Provisional / Incomplete Goods Declaration - Submission by electronic means Simplified procedures for all operators Separating release from clearance procedures Key Principles of RKC (I)

22 Fast track procedures for authorized persons with good compliance records such as : release of goods with minimum information to identify goods (with subsequent declaration) Pre-arrival information (prior lodgement and registration of the Goods declaration and supporting documents – cargo declaration) Maximum use of information technology - Use of international standards - Consultation of all relevant parties when introducing computer applications - Electronic commerce methods as an alternative to paper-based requirements Key Principles of RKC (II)

23 Minimum necessary controls to ensure compliance Risk management - Identify high risk consignments based on risk analysis (intelligence) - Shift from documentary and physical checks to targeted checks - Facilitation of legitimate trade while maintaining effective control - Effective and efficient deployment of Customs resources Audit based controls - Post-clearance audit Key Principles of RKC (III)

24 Juxtaposed Customs office and joint controls Co-ordinated intervention - Inspection with other border agencies Partnership with the trade - Formal consultative relationships - Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) Benefits of an effective implementation of the RKC for Economy/Customs/Trade Key Principles of RKC (IV)

25 Main Trade Facilitation Techniques Standard and simplfied procedures and practices Risk Management Programme Risk Assessment Control Techniques Post Entry Audits Publication of accurate, up-to-date information & Advance Rulings Maximum use of Information Technology Automation Partnership with the Trade System of appeals Pre-arrival Declaration WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION

26 Harmonized System - "HS" is a multipurpose international product Nomenclature developed by the WCO (through the Harmonized System Committee) - Used by more than 200 countries and economies as a basis for their Customs tariffs and for the collection of international trade statistics - 136 countries and the EC have signed the HS Convention (entered into force on 1 January 1988) and are Contracting Parties (April 2009) - Universal economic language and code for goods, and an indispensable tool for international trade - Recommendation (1996) on the introduction of programmes for binding pre-entry classification information 4 DQTCOCT2001.PPT

27 What is the HS ? 21 SECTIONS of goods grouped together into sectors 96 CHAPTERS 1,221 4-digit headings (2007 Version). Goods are arranged in the HS in order of their degree of manufacture 5,052 6-digit subheadings (2007 Version) and General Interpretative Rules 6 DQTCOCT2001.PPT

28 What is the HS ? The goods - their description - 6-digit subheadings : Dolls 9502.10 Lawn-tennis rackets 9506.51 Yogurt 0403.10 6 DQTCOCT2001.PPT

29 - No duties and taxes collected for the temporary importation of goods -Covered by an internationally valid guarantee system -ATA Carnet replaces national Customs formalities -Istanbul Convention merges 13 existing temporary admission agreements into a single instrument -54 Contracting Parties - entered into force on 27 November -54 Contracting Parties - entered into force on 27 November 1993 Istanbul Convention / ATA System

30 - First half of 2008, 88,865 ATA Carnets were issued for goods representing a total value of US$ 11,711,747,130 -During the corresponding period of 2007, 83,712 ATA Carnets were issued for goods representing a total value of US$ 9,163,847,511 -e-ATA Carnet initiative Istanbul Convention / ATA System

31 Immediate Release Guidelines (adopted in June 2003) Identification of a set of data that was to be provided for grant of release of goods as well as procedures to be followed (4 categories of goods) Submission of cargo information in advance of the arrival of the goods for risk assessment purposes Clarification of coverage All operators All means of transport Promoted by the international business community

32 = to measure the average time taken between the arrival of the goods and their release, and at each intervening step (including intervention by agencies other than Customs) = to measure the average time taken between the arrival of the goods and their release, and at each intervening step (including intervention by agencies other than Customs) Useful tool: to identify problems and bottlenecks; and to stimulate efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness IT software available ( + training) WCO Web-based service is available Widely used by WCO Members (regional approach) Time Release Study

33 Parties involved (example) Arrival of vessels Lodge import declaration with Customs Lodge import declaration with Customs Obtain import permission Obtain import permission Delivery of goods from Customs storage Manifest from the ship Import licence from the Trade Board Technical conformity certificate from the Standard Board Payment of the duty/tax by the importer Receipt issued by the bank

34 Source: Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan 47.6 4.937.831.1 26.194.5 (Hours) ARRIVAL - TRANSFER INTO HOZEI AREA TRANSFER INTO HOZEI AREA - DECLARATION DECLARATION - PERMISSION Feb 1991 Mar 2001 - 81%

35 Other relevant WCO TF Instruments The SAFE Framework of Standards to secure and facilitate global trade The WCO Data Model (Version 3)

36 SAFE Framework of Standards Adopted by the Council in June 2005 (revised in 2007) and mainly developed according to the RKC principles To date, 155 of the WCOs 174 Members have signed a letter of intent to implement the SAFE FoS The principles of SAFE are found in different Customs legislation (AEO Programme) Columbus Programme to implement the SAFE Copyright © 2005 World Customs Organization. All rights reserved. Requests and inquiries concerning translation, reproduction and adaptation rights should be addressed to copyright@wcoomd.org.

37 Objectives of the SAFE FoS Establish standards that provide supply chain security and facilitation to goods being traded internationally; Enable integrated supply chain management for all modes of transport; Strengthen networking arrangements between Customs administrations to improve their capability to detect high-risk consignments; Promote co-operation between the Customs and business communities; Champion the seamless movement of goods through secure international trade supply chains. Copyright © 2005 World Customs Organization. All rights reserved. Requests and inquiries concerning translation, reproduction and adaptation rights should be addressed to copyright@wcoomd.org.

38 The Core Principles Advance electronic information Common Risk management approach; 27 key data elements Inspection of high-risk cargo at port of origin; export controls + Use of modern technologies (scanners, e-seals,…) Enhanced trade facilitation for legitimate trade; Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) concept Copyright © 2005 World Customs Organization. All rights reserved. Requests and inquiries concerning translation, reproduction and adaptation rights should be addressed to copyright@wcoomd.org.

39 Structures: 2 Pillars / 17 Standards Pillar 1: Customs-to-Customs Cooperation; Using Commonly Accepted Standards to both secure and facilitate trade (11 Standards) Pillar 2: Customs-to-Business Partnership; Identify secure business partners / Offer tangible benefits (6 Standards) + AEO Guidelines Importance of Co-ordinated Border Management and the Single Window concept Copyright © 2005 World Customs Organization. All rights reserved. Requests and inquiries concerning translation, reproduction and adaptation rights should be addressed to copyright@wcoomd.org.

40 = m aximum framework of standardized sets of data & electronic messages (EDIFACT & XML) to complete border procedures 1996 to 2002 G7 Initiative (WCO Data Model is a continuing effort to standardize, harmonize and reduce Customs data requirements initiated by the G7) Version 1.0 – the Data Sets (2002) Version 1.1 – security concern (2003) Version 2.0 – modelling, conveyances and Customs transit (2005) WCO Data Model

41 - Version 3.0 – response, XML, data structure, more transit, Other Government Agencies / SW (2009) > Customs Procedures (IM,EX, Transit / TIR, CR) > Supports Single Window environment - Incorporates OGA data - agriculture, food safety, hazardous waste (Basel Conv.) - Also looks at response messages and an increased scope for Customs transit - Considers the implications of XML, refinement of our models and basic data structures - WCO Recommendation on the use of the WCO DM to be adopted in June 2009 - WCO Recommendation on the use of the WCO DM to be adopted in June 2009 WCO Data Model

42 Compatible with ISO, UN/CEFACT and other international codes Key for effective and efficient for B2G and G2G exchange and sharing of information - Trade and Transport organizations involved in its development / maintenance Standardized and harmonized information requirements and procedures are essential > common understanding > effective and efficient > all parties in the international cross-border movement WCO Data Model provides this common understanding WCO Data Model

43 Seamless transaction / faster release (single, global data set and uniform electronic messages to conduct business) more effective exchange of information between export and import aligned export and import data requirements (export information reused at import) includes data requirements of other governmental regulatory authorities (eliminating redundancies and differences) > Single Window environment > traders to submit information only once WCO Data Model – Some of the benefits

44 Evolution of WCO standards (not exhaustive) Convention establishing a CCC (1950) HS Convention (1988) Harmonization of coding and data Standardization of procedures Simplification and modernization of procedures Support tools for national TF initiatives Revised Kyoto Convention and its Guidelines(1999) Recommendation on Pre-entry classification (1996) Immediate Release Guidelines (2003) Guidelines for Express Consignments Clearance (1993) Data Model Version 2.0 (2005) Post-clearance audit Guidelines (2006) Istanbul Convention (1990) Resolution on UCR and Implementation Guide (2004) Data Model Version 1.0 (2002) Time Release Study (2003) Recommendation on the use of WWW (1999) Risk Management Guide (2003) Benchmarking Manual (Guide) (2003) ICT Guidelines (2004) SAFE Framework of Standards (2005) ATA Convention (1963) AEO Guidelines (2007) Data Model Version 1.1 (2003) HS Convention (2007) HS Convention (2002) HS Convention (1997) Diagnostic Framework* (Guide) (2003) *Diagnostic Framework is a living document and contains entire Customs themes, including the TF Kyoto Convention (1973) Data Model Version 3.0 (2009)

45 1. The World Customs Organization in brief 2. The WCO Trade Facilitation Instruments / Standards 3. The WCO – WTO relationship in the context of the WTO TFNG Structure of the presentation Copyright © 2006 /2007 World Customs Organization

46 Modalities of TF negotiations Trade facilitation needs and priorities TA/CB during and after the negotiations Collaborative capacity building efforts by international organizations (Annex D Organizations = IMF, OECD, UNCTAD, WCO, World Bank) Due account to the relevant work of the WCO

47 WCO: Guiding Principles Participation of Customs administrations in preparing national positions Enhanced co-operation in the work of the WCO and WTO Involvement of other border agencies Need for full support for Customs capacity building efforts Compatible and complementary relationship between the work of the two Organizations

48 WCO work in this area Promotion of Customs engagement (message, letters, WCO meeting documents, briefing sessions,…) Contribution to the negotiation process Provision of technical inputs Promotion of compatibility of WCO instruments (WCO tools to implement WTO principles)

49 WCO work in this area Provision of resource persons OECD TF Cost survey World Bank TF Needs identification WTO Regional Workshops,… Capacity Building (WTO TF Needs Assessment) – extended pool of WCO experts – participation of the WCO in more than 20 NA workshops

50 Possible Customs gains High and sustained political commitment to Customs reform and modernization Receive TA/CB support Compatible and complementary relationship with WCO work Better understanding of Customs by others

51 WTO vis-à-vis WCO TF Instruments WTO rules set high principles while the WCO instruments provide implementation tools of these high principles with detailed standards Consistency of the measures negotiated at the WTO vis-à-vis the WCO instruments - the majority of the proposed WTO texts are compatible with the WCO instruments - a minority of the WTO measures do not currently appear to be covered by WCO instruments Scope of many proposals is wider than Customs (involvement of other border agencies)

52 Telephone : +32 (0)2 209 93 44 Fax : +32 (0)2 209 94 93 thierry.piraux@wcoomd.org www.wcoomd.org ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ WCO Publications Service WCO Information Service publications@wcoomd.org information@wcoomd.org Thierry Piraux Thierry Piraux Copyright © 2006/2007 World Customs Organization


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