Revised Kyoto Convention

Definition

The International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonisation of Customs Procedures, a revised version of which was adopted in June 1999 and now popularly known as the revised Kyoto Convention, is one of the major international instruments developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO). It is recognized as an international standard, and used as a benchmark, for the global Customs community.

Overview

The revised Kyoto Convention provides for the simplification, harmonisation and modernisation of Customs procedures. This Convention contains modern Customs formalities and procedures, harmonised Customs documents for use in international trade and transport, and provides for the use of risk management techniques and the optimal use of information technology by Customs administrations.

Indeed, important trade facilitation concepts such as audit based controls and authorised trading are also major elements of the Convention. By specifying the application of simple but efficient procedures and stating minimum and maximum levels of facilitation and control for import, export, and transit of goods including the movement of passengers and means of transport, the revised Kyoto Convention is regarded as the blueprint for trade facilitation.

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Global Enabling Trade Report 2014

The Global Enabling Trade Report 2014 is published by the World Economic Forum within the framework of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network and the Supply Chain and Transportation Industry Partnership.

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Irish Minister of State assesses Port Training Programme in United Republic of Tanzania

29 Apr - Joe Costello, Minister of State at Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  has completed a visit to the United Republic of Tanzania at which he reviewed the impact of the UNCTAD Port Training Programme.​ Read more ...

 

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UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport

The Review of Maritime Transport is an UNCTAD flagship publication, published annually since 1968.

Around 80 per cent of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and the percentage is even higher for most developing countries. The Review of Maritime Transport provides an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistical information. Every issue provides data and insights on:

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Free download from http://unctad.org/rmt

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annual
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Trade and Transport Facilitation Assessment - A Practical Toolkit For Country Implementation

Release date: 
07/08/2010
Published date: 
07/08/2010

This new edition of the toolkit provides an opportunity not only to reflect the changes in the trade environment and the need for additional features in the toolkit, but also to benefit from the experiences of the assessments already undertaken based on the original edition. In 2001, the Bank issued a first Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit (TTFA) toolkit based on an original concept developed by John Raven. This initial concept was extensively revised to give the new toolkit an increased operational focus.

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GFP Meeting: Regional approaches to Trade and Transport Facilitation

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that the next meeting of the Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (GFP) will take place in Tunis, Tunisia, from 17-18 of November, 2009. It will be jointly organized in partnership with the African Development Bank.

Location: 
The Meeting will be held at the Regency Tunis Hotel (<a href="http://www.regencytunis.com" target="_blank">www.regencytunis.com</a>). Participants are requested to make their own travel and hotel arrangements. To benefit from the conference rate of 145 TND or about 77 Euro/night (US$113-115) including breakfast, we strongly advise that you confirm your attendance to the GFP Meeting as soon as possible with the Regency Tunis Hotel (<a href="mailto:sihem.sendi@regencytunis.com.tn">sihem.sendi@regencytunis.com.tn</a>, Tel (+216) 71 91 09 00.Ext.2055, quoting the reference "ADB/GFP Meeting".
Participants: 

Attendance is by invitation only. Please use the link below to register your attendance.
http://lnweb90.worldbank.org/Finance/register.nsf/gFPRegister?OpenForm
(Items with * are required. You will receive confirmation of your registration within one day. We would also appreciate if Partners could send an email to hstephan@worldbank.org or mmustra@worldbank.org to let us know the names and email addresses of contacts and colleagues they suggest or would like to forward the invitation to as access to the web registration will require prior authorization.)

Event date: 
11/17/2009 - 19:00 - 11/18/2009 - 19:00
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Aid for safe trade

Release date: 
05/29/2007
Published date: 
12/29/2006

A presentation outlining the SAFE framework of standards, the AEO standard and the efforts for their implementation - the forming of the High level strategic group the Private sector strategic group, and the Columbus program with its phases and donor activities.

The presentation is available for download (PDF) from the World Bank website.

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Presentations
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The Revised Kyoto Convention

Release date: 
10/31/2006
Published date: 
10/31/2006

This electronic publication on CD-ROM comprises the International Convention on the simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures (Revised Kyoto Convention), which forms the framework for modern, efficient and effective Customs procedures in the 21st century.

 

It contains all the legal texts, ie the Protocol of Amendment, the Body of the Convention with commentaries on the Articles therein, the General Annex and Specific Annexes to the Convention.

It also contains the Guidelines to the General Annex and Specif Annexes, and provides information on the i

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Reference Documents
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International legal instrument
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Whatever happened to trade facilitation?

Release date: 
10/12/2006
Published date: 
09/12/2005

At the turn of the new Millennium international trade facilitation, in the relatively restricted sense of simplification of trading procedures, was a pedestrian activity with few political overtones. A few months later a new and elevated level of inter-governmental, and so commercial, interest was reached in the run-up to the WTO Doha Ministerial Conference and its programmed debate on an additional negotiating “package” of four unfamiliar items including “Trade Facilitation”.

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Reference Documents
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Glossary of International Customs Terms

Release date: 
06/01/2006
Published date: 
06/01/2006

Following the adoption of the Revised Kyoto Convention, the Permanent Technical Committee undertook a comprehensive review of the definitions contained in the Glossary of International Customs Terms.

This brochure contains the updated terms and will be a valuable tool for those involved in Customs issues and international trade.

Public Price: € 10

Contact the WCO Publications Service
By e-mail: publications@wcoomd.org
By telephone: +32(0)2 209 95 03
By fax: +32 (0)2 209 94 90

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Terms of Reference
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UNCTAD Technical Note "Customs Procedures – Post Clearance Audit"

Release date: 
10/05/2005
Published date: 
10/05/2005

"Post Clearance Audit means Customs control or audit performed subsequent to the release of cargo from Customs custody. Such audit may take into account individual transactions or cover imports/exports undertaken over a certain period. The audit can take place either at a Customs office or on the premises of a company.
Implementation of post clearance audit is a major simplification of Customs control and thus provides facilitation for the traders.

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Explanatory notes
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UNCTAD Technical Note "Release of Goods in Event of Appeal"

Release date: 
01/17/2006
Published date: 
01/17/2006

"Customs authorities do not normally release goods until all issues are resolved and any duties and taxes are paid. Delays in receiving goods due to customs clearance is a matter of concern for any company, particularly SMEs, under the pressing demands of today’s market. Such delays can arise for various reasons, including valuation problems and others not currently regulated by WTO rules, for example classification pr oblems, tariff heading determination, missing documents, lack of certificates of origin or health certificates, and delays caused by payment procedures.

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Explanatory notes
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Useful Background
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UNCTAD Technical Note "Use of Customs Automation Systems"

Release date: 
10/20/2005
Published date: 
10/20/2005

"Automated systems in Customs provide one of the most important tools for facilitation of international trade procedures. As a complement to Customs reform, automation becomes a catalyst for modernisation of the Customs and a stimulus for increased use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by other governmental departments and private sector stakeholders, whose activities involve Customs operations.

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Explanatory notes
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Useful Background
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Trade and Transport Facilitation- Building a Secure and Efficient Environment for Trade

Release date: 
06/17/2004
Published date: 
06/17/2004

This presentation by Kunio Mikuriya, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO, addresses the accomplishments of the WTO in creating international standards for customs procedures and modernization, and it outlines the WCO's recent initiatives on security and facilitation of trade supply chain.  Click here to view the full PDF.

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Presentations
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Useful Background
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Buenos Aires Statement on Business Facilitation

Release date: 
09/26/2004
Published date: 
12/01/2001

This document, adopted by the MERCOSUR/EU Business Forum, outlines in the short, medium and long therm the trade facilitation agenda of the business communities in the two regions, including 60 measures proposed in: customs issues (facilitation, adoption of the revised Kyoto convention); non-tarriff barriers to trade and conformity assessment (MRA, WTO TBT code); and facilitation of eCommerce.

The introduction states:

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Reference Documents
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ICC Customs Guidelines (revision of the 1997 edition)

Release date: 
01/12/2004
Published date: 
01/12/2004

The Guidelines make specific reference to the value of systematic Customs/trade co-operation through Memorandum of Understanding programmes.

They have numerous uses. For example, they set out, in a convenient form, a summary list of key provisions that, cross-referenced to corresponding stipulations in WCO Conventions, can be readily expanded into a Code of Best Customs Practices.

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Reference Reading Tools
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Good Read
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ICC Integrity Toolkit

Release date: 
01/12/2004
Published date: 
01/12/2004

This Toolkit is based on the assumption that it is very difficult to imagine a fully efficient, yet dishonest Customs service and on the related belief that any Customs offering its stakeholders high operational functional satisfaction will also turn out to have equally high standards of morale and behaviour.

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Reference Reading Tools
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Commercial or transport document as descriptive part of transit declaration

WCO, Revised Kyoto Convention, Specific Annex E, Chapter 1 Standard 6.  “Any commercial or transport document setting out clearly the necessary particulars shall be accepted as the descriptive part of the Goods declaration for Customs transit and this acceptance shall be noted on the document.”

(See also 1973 Kyoto Convention, Annex E.1 Recommended Practice 13.)

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Exchange of information technology information between Customs and other parties

WCO, 1973 Kyoto Convention, Annex J.1 Recommended Practice 16. "Continuous liaison and consultation should be established at the national level, between the services responsible for ADP and the services responsible for Customs control matters within each Customs administration with a view to identifying the needs of Customs control services and in order to make the best possible use of ADP techniques and facilities to assist in meeting such needs."

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Exchange of information technology between Customs administrations

Revised Kyoto Convention, General Annex, Chapter 7 Standard 4.  “New or revised national legislation shall provide for:

- electronic commerce methods as an alternative to paper-based documentary requirements;

- electronic as well as paper-based authentication methods;

- the right of the Customs to retain information for their own use and, as appropriate, to exchange such information with other Customs administrations and all other legally approved parties by means of electronic commerce techniques.”

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Customs to use information technology criteria

WCO, Revised Kyoto Convention, Guidelines to the General Annex, Chapter 7, Part 4.6. on Customs enforcement.  “In order to ensure proper compliance  with Customs regulations, using scarce resources efficiently, Customs must employ selectivity and risk assessment techniques.”

(See also 1973 Kyoto Convention, Annex J.1 Recommended Practice 17.)

This summary is part of the Compendium of Trade Facilitation Recommendations authored by UNCTAD and UN/CEFACT, Part G

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