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137 th SESSION OF THE COUNCIL VIRTUAL MEETING

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Heads of Delegation of some 150 WCO Member Customs administrations took part in the 137th Session of the WCO Council, the Organization’s supreme decision-making body, which was held virtually from 10 to 12 December 2020.

 

The WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, reminded delegates of how the WCO Secretariat quickly sprang into action to support Customs administrations in managing the crisis, to ensure business continuity within WCO working bodies and to deliver assistance on a remote basis. “Customs administrations and the WCO Secretariat have proven that they are dynamic organizations, able to adapt and respond to a crisis while continuing to develop guidance and standards for the benefit of all”, he said.

The Council discussions focused on E-Commerce, the facilitation and control of passenger flows, the role of Customs in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and facilitating the cross-border movement of vaccines, and gender equality and diversity.

The Council endorsed a series of documents on Free Zones, Small Island Economies; the handling of dangerous/hazardous goods; Comprehensive Capacity Building Framework for Data Analytics in Customs; E-Commerce Package, Compendium of best practices in the area of transit; Updated Terms of Reference Counterfeiting and Piracy Group and Business Case for the establishment of the Passenger Facilitation and Control.

Mongolian Customs is planning to implement the policies, guidelines and recommendations of the Council and to introduce new working methods.