The Director General of the Customs Administration Slavica Kutirov and the Assistant Director for International Cooperation Zlatko Veterovski are attending the 139th/140th Sessions of the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Council, which is being held within 23 - 25 June 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. The Council discusses key topics in the field of global customs cooperation, as well as issues that are essential for the harmonization of customs operations in the world, and is attended by Directors of Customs Administrations of 183 countries or territories. This year's Council Session is a jubilee, marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the World Customs Organization. On this occasion, besides Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, Princess Astrid of Belgium and the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Finance Vincent Van Petegem also addressed the delegates.

The main topic for discussion at the session are global customs cooperation in post-Covid period, in the context of the global economic and energy crisis. Specific topics for discussion are: the role of customs in digital transformation, e-commerce, "green customs" and border management. The new WCO Strategic and Action Plan was presented, which contains the four key priorities - trade facilitation, revenue collection, social protection and organizational development.

One of the topics is the new WCO Electronic Data Exchange Strategy, with a focus on new methods of regulating e-commerce, which has grown significantly in the last two years. The new visualization tool for the database for technical information exchange was presented, and from a technical aspect topics from several areas were discussed: capacity building of customs services, tariff classification, origin of goods and customs value,regional and global fight against illicit trade and accelerating and supporting the global supply chain.

The WCO Customs Cooperation Council is a globally recognized international center of customs expertise and has a leading role in the development, promotion and implementation of modern customs systems and procedures. Our country, as a member of the WCO is represented by the Customs Administration and is a contracting party to several WCO Conventions and instruments, such as: the Harmonized System Convention, the revised Kyoto Convention on facilitation and acceleration of customs procedures, the Framework of  Standards for safety and security of international trade.

 

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