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The WCO has published the 80th edition of WCO News, the Organization’s flagship magazine aimed at the global Customs community.
This edition features a special dossier on illicit trade which gathers together articles focusing on the trafficking in various commodities such as cultural goods, small arms, fisheries products and pesticides, as well as articles highlighting the tools and technologies that can contribute to enhancing Customs enforcement capabilities.
Readers will also benefit from articles on how pollen analysis (palynology) has become an essential Customs forensic and intelligence tool in the United States, the challenges in accurately quantifying the illicit trade in tobacco, and why publishing time release study results is advantageous.
The magazine is available on the WCO website at:
The WTO’s fifteenth trade monitoring report on G20 trade measures, issued on 21 June, shows the application of new trade-restrictive measures by G20 economies increased compared to the previous reporting period, reaching the highest monthly average registered since the WTO began its monitoring exercise in 2009.
In the period under review (mid-October 2015 to mid-May 2016), G20 economies applied 145 new trade-restrictive measures, or an average of almost 21 new measures a month. In the same period, G20 economies implemented 100 measures aimed at facilitating trade, averaging just over 14 per month. Since 2009, a total of 1,583 trade restrictive measures were imposed by G20 countries, and only a quarter of these measures have been removed. These restrictions cover over 6% of all G20 imports and 5% of global imports.
The report is availableo n the WTO website at:
The WCO Harmonized System Committee (HSC) held its 57th Session from 9 to 18 March 2016 at the WCO headquarters in Brussels. The decisions taken by the HSC during this Session have now been published on the WCO website.
They comprise 18 Classification Rulings, dealing with, among other things, coconut water, drip tubing, artificial fingernails (fake nails), tilling machines and their propelling units, display modules for tablet computers, certain assemblies for mobile phones, as well as 16 new Classification Opinions and 15 sets of amendments to the HS Explanatory Notes.
The WCO is pleased to inform of the publication of the newly developed Study Report on Customs Brokers. The Study Report provides a general background and overview of Customs Brokers’ role in the international supply chain together with some suggested policy and organisational considerations on Customs Brokers regime and a model checklist for licensing/regulating brokers.
Additionally, the Report provides a range of cooperation opportunities between Customs and Brokers including the joint capacity building.
Customs administrations, Brokers, and Brokers Associations are encouraged to make maximum use of the Study Report as a reference/guideline, where needed, in establishing and/or maintaining/adjusting Brokers regime, keeping in view their national circumstances and specificities.
The Study Report on Customs Brokers is available here