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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

WCO Launches Project on Customs Control of Fake Vaccines and Other Illicit Goods Linked to COVID-19

In response to this risk, and to address the threat posed by illegal products such as dangerous, sub-standard or counterfeit medicines and vaccines, the World Customs Organization (WCO) has just launched a new initiative entitled “Project on the urgent need for facilitation and coordinated Customs control of cross-border consignments linked to COVID-19”.

Migrants Crossing Serbia Border Illegally Stopped

Customs officers prevent migrants from crossing the state border illegally hidden among the goods in truck loads on a daily basis, and the fact that 1,148 people were prevented in this plan last year alone shows that they are more than successful.

Ukrainian Experts Participate in the Delivery of the WCO Webinar

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has been implementing the WCO Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) Programme since July 2016 with the objective of prevention and detection of cross-border trafficking of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) substances and strategic dual-use goods.

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.