Senior officials of the Customs Administration took part at the 138th Customs Cooperation Council Session of the World Customs Organisation (WCO). The WCO is a globally recognized international center of customs expertise and has a leading role in development, promotion and implementation of modern customs systems and procedures. The meeting was held via video conference from June 24-26, 2021.

Our country as a WCO member is represented by the Customs Administration and is a party to many WCO conventions and instruments, such as the Harmonized System Convention, the revised Kyoto Convention on the facilitation and acceleration of customs procedures, the Framework of Standards for Safety and Security of international trade.

After the comments of the Chairman of the Council and the WCO Secretary General, the report on the WCO work was presented and adopted at the session. The most significant achievements in the past period are the following:

-          -COVID 19 Action Plan containing 25 activities to be implemented in order to adequately respond to the 17 measures listed in the Resolution adopted by the Council in December 2020,

-          Adoption of the amendments to the Harmonized System to be applied as of 01.01.2022,

-          The new WCO e-commerce package was adopted, which should provide WCO Member States with better conditions for the application of cross-border e-commerce,

-          A new SAFE package was adopted - for safety and facilitation of international trade.

The delegates also discussed topics related to the Harmonized System, certain technical customs issues of essence, such as capacity building, tariff allocation and trade, harmonization and facilitation. Conclusions and recommendations of the Policy and Decision-Making Committee were presented by the Council, and support was sought for the recommendations set out in the reports of the Financial Affairs Committee.

The World Customs Organization aims to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in all 183 Member States - Customs Administrations and to assist them in successfully achieving their national goals in the areas of tax collection, national security, trade facilitation, protection of society and the collection of statistical data.

 

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