WCO: The global Customs community reaffirms its commitment to facilitate the cross-border movement of COVID-19 vaccines

Source: WCO

At its 137th Session, the Customs Co-operation Council unanimously adopted a Resolution on the Role of Customs in Facilitating the Cross-Border Movement of Situationally Critical Medicines and Vaccines. The Resolution marks an important milestone in the efforts of the global Customs community to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies and societies worldwide. It prescribes specific measures to be implemented by WCO Members and the Secretariat in view of supporting the COVID-19 vaccine global distribution effort, which is expected to be the world’s largest and fastest vaccine distribution operation ever.

The measures to be implemented by Member Customs administrations span from actions aimed at facilitating the cross-border movement of situationally critical medicines and vaccines, and the containers and devices that will be used for their transportation to measures that will prevent the cross-border movement of dangerous, sub-standard or counterfeit medicines and vaccines and deter criminal organizations from exploiting the situation.

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