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16th Global Meeting of WCO Regional Structures

16th Global Meeting of WCO Regional Structures was held on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 February 2021.

WCO Global Webinar Series on COVID-19 Vaccines Goes on with Part 2

WCO Global webinar series on improving awareness of COVID-19 Vaccines will continue with 2nd serie from 15 to 16 March 2021 with Moderna.

European Commission Sets Course for New EU Trade Policy

On 18 February 2021, the European Commission has set out its trade strategy for the coming years. Reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy, it builds on the EU's openness to contribute to the economic recovery through support for the green and digital transformations, as well as a renewed focus on strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade rules to ensure that they are fair

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Chosen as WTO Director-General

WTO members on 15 February agreed by consensus to select Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria as the organization’s seventh Director-General.

EU to Implement New Customs Pre-arrival Security and Safety Programme

For all goods brought into the EU Flag of European Union customs territory, express carriers Airplane and postal operators European post office will have to provide a minimum set of advance electronic data, starting from 15 March 2021.

4.2 Tonnes of Europe-bound Cocaine Seized

A major operation involving the National Crime Agency has the resulted in the seizure of 4.2 tonnes of cocaine that was destined for Europe.

Republic of Kazakhstan and China Review the Functioning of Checkpoints

On January 29, 2021, negotiations were held between interested state bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan and China on the functioning of checkpoints on the Kazakh-Chinese border in the conditions of COVID-19.

Restrictions in Force for Travel to Finland and Sweden

Travel to Finland and Sweden - restrictions and bans Sweden has introduced an entry ban to Sweden from Norway for non-Swedish citizens which applies from 25 January - 14 February. Finland has also introduced an entry ban for unnecessary travel between 27 January and 25 February.

Belarus Reports Close to 7% Increase Cross-Border Movement in the Last Three Years

In 2020, more than 2.3 million cargo vehicles passed through the customs border of Belarus, which is 5% more than in 2018. The volume of goods, moved by road, reached almost 30 million tons and increased by 5.9% compared to 2018.

Record Result in 2020 for Lithuania Customs in Fight Against Cigarette Smuggling

Analysts from the Customs Criminal Service (CCS) have assessed the results of last year's fight against cigarette smuggling: almost all as early as 2019. the forecasts and trends published in the autumn were confirmed and highlighted last year.

Chameleons Seized at Vianna Airport

On January 20, 2021, customs officials and customs investigators at Vienna Airport checked a traveler who had flown from Tanzania via the Ethiopian Addis Ababa to Vienna on the basis of a risk analysis.

Azerbaijan Kickstarts Twinning Project on Accession to New Computerised Transit System

The opening event of the Twinning Project "Support to the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the accession to the Convention on a Common Transit Procedure, Convention on Simplification of Formalities in Trade in Goods and implementation of the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)" was held on January 29.