World Customs Organisation (Course, Master)

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Syllabus of the Online Subject: World Customs Organisation (WCO). Harmonised System.

  1. Introduction to the World Customs Organisation (WCO)
  2. The Harmonised System (HS) of the World Customs Organisation
  3. Customs Valuation
  4. Rules of Origin
  5. Agreement on Rules of Origin of the World Trade Organisation
  6. Customs Enforcement and Compliance
  7. SAFE Package
  8. Customs Procedures and Facilitation
  9. Conventions:
    1. Revised Kyoto Convention
    2. ATA System
    3. Customs Convention on Containers
  10. Case Study: market access map

The purposes of the Online Subject “World Customs Organisation (WCO)” are the following:

  1. To know the role of the World Customs Organisation
  2. To understand the key concepts related to customs: non-tariff barriers, customs valuation, transaction value, previous inspection, rules of origin, and import licenses
  3. To know the Harmonised System and existing conventions

The subject “World Customs Organisation (WCO)” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Courses: Export Assistant, Foreign Trade Management
  2. Diploma in International Trade
  3. Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade and Marketing, International Transport, Export Back Office
  4. Doctorates: International Logistics, Global Trade

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Area of Knowledge: Foreign trade.

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Description of the Subject (World Customs Organisation):

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) is the sole intergovernmental body fully working on customs and international trade (imports and exports).

The 177 members of the World Customs Organisation represent 98% of total foreign trade.

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) keeps the International Harmonised System products nomenclature and manages the technical aspects of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreements on Customs Valuation and Rules of Origin.

The World Customs Organisation works in the following fields:

  1. International trade standards development
  2. Simplification and harmonisation of customs procedures (imports and exports)
  3. International Trade supply chain security
  4. International trade facilitation
  5. Customs enhancement and accordance activities, anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has developed the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonised System - “HS”), an international product nomenclature. 98% of International trade in goods use the Harmonised System.

Convention relating to Temporary Admission (Istanbul Convention)

Non-tariff Measures
  1. Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)
  2. Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
  3. Pre-shipment Inspection
  4. Anti-dumping Measures and Safeguards
  5. Import Licensing and Quotas

The BIC Code (International Identification Codes of Container Owners) is accepted by the World Customs Organisation (WCO):

Containers and International Transportation, Course


The World Customs Organisation (WCO) member countries are:

The European Union, The customs territories of Netherlands Antilles, Bermuda, Hong Kong, and Macau, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, People's Republic of China, Colombia, The Comoros, Congo, the Republic of the, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Republic of Macedonia, France, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Republic of), Kuwait, the Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, The United Kingdom, The United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

No members Countries of the World Customs Organisation: Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica, Guyana, Equatorial Guinea, Somalia, North Korea, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Palau, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Nauru, Cook Islands, Niue and Palestinian Authority, Taiwan, Sahrawi Republic, Kosovo.



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