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The consultative meeting between the WCO Capacity Building Directorate and the ROCB Europe

On 27 April 2021, a virtual meeting was held between the WCO Capacity Building Directorate and the ROCB Europe on the work done and future prospects. The event was attended by Capacity Building Director Mr. Taeil Kang and Head of ROCB Europe, Mr. Eser Çengel.

Tverečius Checkpoint on Lithuanian-Belarusian Border Reopens

With the opening of the Tverečius checkpoint, the queues at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border will decrease.

UNCTAD Examines Why Container Freight Rates Surged during Covid-19

UNCTAD examines the complex factors behind the unprecedented shortage of containers hampering trade’s recovery, and how to avoid a similar situation in the future.

French Customs Hands Over seized Archaeological Objects to Peruvian authorities

On April 14, French Customs handed over to Peruvian authorities 9 archaeological objects seized in 2012 by the Poitiers customs brigade during a traffic check. Ornamental jewelry, adornments, ceremonial objects, ceramics, from the Cupisnic (1000-200 BC) and Chimu (900-1400 AD) cultures will find the heritage collections of Peru.

Serbia Customs Prevents Attempt for Smuggling Endangered Species

Customs officers rescued birds from the hands of smugglers at the exit of the Sremska Rača border crossing. Customs officers, in cooperation with the police, prevented an attempt to smuggle 45 birds, many of which belong to protected species.

ROCB Europe Represented at the Event during 64th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

On 14 April 2021, CARICC jointly with the UNODC Programme Office in Almaty organized and conducted a side event entitled “CARICC: a leading platform for regional and international cooperation in countering drug trafficking and cross-border drug crime” during the 64th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).

IV session of Moscow International World Customs Organization Model was held in the Russian Customs Academy

On March 24, 2021, the Russian Customs Academy hosted the IV session of the Moscow International World Customs Organization Model that brought together more than 50 participants from various countries.

Uzbekistan Customs Benefits from WCO Integrity Development Workshop

The World Customs Organization (WCO), with the support of integrity experts from Mauritius and Turkey Customs, has successfully completed an integrity development workshop for the benefit of the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan.

Webinar on Fight Against Smuggling Successfully Concludes

Regional Office for Capacity Building for the World Customs Organization Europe Region (ROCB Europe) hosted a Webinar under the theme of “Priorities for Strengthening International Cooperation in the Fight Against Smuggling” on 16 March 2021.

Norwegian TV Series on Customs Goes on with Season 2

On March 1, last year's viewer success "Toll" (Customs) is back on TV 2 in Norway. In season 2, viewers get a unique insight into what happened on Norway's borders when the corona pandemic hit the world and the country shut down.

Import Control System (ICS2) Set to be Operational on March 15

From 15 March 2021, postal services and express air carriers must be connected to the Import Control System (ICS2). The European Union is thereby strengthening its defense against the importation of dangerous or illegal goods into its territory. The customs authorities must receive all the necessary information before the consignments arrive at the borders of the Union.

Record Levels of Cocaine Seized in Hamburg

On February 12, 2021, customs officers checked five containers in the port of Hamburg. These were classified as suspicious on the basis of an extensive risk analysis carried out by several European customs authorities. In the container testing system, clear irregularities were found in three containers loaded with filler in tin cans. Apparently, after a layer of real goods directly behind the cont