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Turkmenistan Obtains Observers Status at WTO

WTO Members endorse Turkmenistan’s WTO observer status.

Final Report of the Virtual Intersessional Meeting of the WCO Europe Region National Contact Points

The final report of the meeting has been uploaded to the Meeting Documents segment of the ROCB Europe web site members section.

WTO Issues Latest Edition of World Tariff Profiles

The WTO issued the latest edition of its annual publication World Tariff Profiles, which provides comprehensive information on the tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by over 170 countries and customs territories. The publication is jointly prepared by the WTO, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the International Trade Centre.

Illegal Trade in Fake or Faulty Covid-19 Products Booming, New UN Research Reveals

Among its countless other impacts, the coronavirus has further highlighted the shortcomings in regulatory and legal frameworks aimed at preventing the manufacturing and selling of these products, points out the UNODC research brief, entitled “COVID-19-related Trafficking of Medical Products as a Threat to Public Health”.

Winner of the WCO Photo Competition 2020: Kazakhstan Customs

Kazakhstan Customs won the WCO Photo Competition 2020. The winning photo shows a Customs officer in uniform alongside his faithful friend, ready to start the day despite the risks posed by the spread of COVID-19.

WCO Supports Ukraine Customs in Human Resources Management with Online Workshop

The use of competency based Human Resources Management (HRM) including a training system produces significant benefits to Customs Administrations and their employees. Employee commitment, together with a competent workforce, seems to be of decisive importance for an organization to be able to compete in quality and to go along with changes.

WCO Capacity Building Directorate and ROCBs Worldwide Assess the Way Forward

On June 3 2020, World Customs Organization (WCO) Capacity Building Directorate and the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs) worldwide had an informal meeting through video conferencing.

WCO Europe Region National Contact Points Come Together in Virtual Meeting

With the recent developments caused by the Covid-19 and the need for customs community to stay together and share updated information, the ROCB Europe organized a Virtual Intersessional Meeting of the WCO Europe Region National Contact Points for Capacity Building under the theme of “Situation Update and the Road Ahead” that will be held on 2 June 2020.

Bulgaria Publishes Daily Truck Passage Numbers

National Customs Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria has been publishing the number of trucks that are entering and exiting from Bulgaria on a daily basis.

Virtual Intersessional Meeting of the WCO Europe Region National Contact Points

The ROCB Europe organizes the Virtual Intersessional Meeting of the WCO Europe Region National Contact Points for Capacity Building under the theme of “Situation Update and the Road Ahead” that will be held on 2 June 2020.

Lithuania Customs Renews Electronic Customs Portal

From 2019 On November 25, the Lithuanian Customs has a new Common User Management Portal (BAP), which replaces the Customs Electronic Services Portal (EPP) and seeks to improve the availability and quality of electronic services provided by the Customs of the Republic of Lithuania.

Blog Post: Multifaceted Prospects for Post-Pandemic Era

As the Covid-19 is shaping the current conditions in the world, trade and growth prospects for near future take a downturn. This is evident from the forecasts made by international organizations.The World Trade Organization estimates that the world merchandise trade will decrease in between 13% to 32% for 2020 depending on how bad or good the scenario will be.