Regional Office for Capacity Building for the World Customs Organization Europe Region

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A Virtual Regional Workshop on “Amendments to the Harmonized System 2022” for Customs Administrations of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Europe Region was held from 1 to 3 December 2021.  The WCO Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate, in collaboration with the Regional Office for Capacity Building for the World Customs Organization Europe Region (ROCB Europe), delivered the workshop providing comprehensive explanation on the scope of the Harmonized System (HS) 2022 amendments, as well as the background to their development, for 64 Customs officers representing 29 Customs Administrations of the WCO Europe region.

The main focus of the Workshop was to explain and discuss with participants the new HS 2022 Edition, strengthening common understanding of the changes made.  Such an understanding will facilitate the implementation of the new HS edition at the national level and will contribute to the fair and efficient collection of customs duties.

The Workshop also included a presentation from the WCO Publication Service on the WCO Trade Tools, which is a new WCO database providing a single point of access to the information on the HS, Origin and Valuation.  The WCO Trade Tools makes it easy to compare HS 2017 and HS 2022.

The participants expressed their satisfaction and appreciation for the information shared at the Workshop, and stated that the Workshop has improved their understanding of the amendments of the HS and would help their administrations to implement the HS 2022 edition effectively and in a timely manner.

Evaluation of the Workshop through feedbacks collected online from the participants by the ROCB Europe is available for viewing on the ROCB Europe web site members section.