WCO publishes standards for cross-border e-commerce

The World Customs Organisation yesterday published a Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce.

The framework sets out baseline global standards on cross-border e-commerce.  It contains 15 standards that are concise, progressive and focused on the e-commerce environment, with a view to providing pragmatic, fair and innovative solutions while taking into account the diverse expectations and concerns of Customs administrations and stakeholders, according to statement released yesterday.

“The core essence of the framework is the exchange of advance electronic data for effective risk management and enhanced facilitation of growing volumes of cross-border small and low-value business-to-consumer (B2C) and consumer-to-consumer (C2C) shipments, and the adoption of simplified procedures with respect to clearance, revenue collection and return, among other things, in close partnership with e-commerce stakeholders. It also encourages the use of non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment, data analytics and other cutting-edge technologies to support safe, secure and sustainable cross-border e-commerce,” according to the WCO.

Going forward, the standards will be further enriched with technical specifications and guidelines for its expeditious and effective implementation in a harmonised manner.

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