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Round table on using modern technologies to raise efficiency and security of Customs Transit procedures (Geneva, 13 June 2013)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organizes a round table on using modern technologies to raise efficiency and security of Customs Transit procedures. This round table will take place at Room V, Palais des Nations, Geneva, on 13 June 2013, and is organized in the framework of the 134th session of the UNECE Working Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport (WP.30) (11-14 June 2013). 

The Working Party prepares, reviews, modifies and administers a large number of United Nations Conventions and Agreements in the field of Border Crossing facilitation and Customs Transit procedures. One of these Conventions is the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention, 1975), one of the most successful international transport Conventions and the only universal Customs transit system in existence. 

The round table aims at improving the awareness and knowledge about modern technologies that can be used in Customs Transit Systems.  Modern technologies can facilitate border crossing procedures while increasing security.

Given the importance of the debate at the round table your personal participation would be most appreciated. We believe that the event will offer a unique opportunity to meet government officials, private sector, NGO’s and academia representatives and those who are the decisions makers for the modernization of the TIR Convention. 

The round table is open to representatives of the transport industry. 

The round table will include presentations by experts from various international organizations, NGO’s, private companies as well as by representatives of countries.

More details can be found in the provisional programme

Should you require more information, please contact the UNECE secretariat:

Telephone: +41 (0) 22 917 15 31 

Fax: +41 (0) 22 917 00 39 



Presentation 1
EU Customs approach towards the use of modern technologies
Mr. Wil van Heeswijk
European Commisison

Unit  B2 Risk Management and Security

Presentation 2
WCO initiatives to enhance the use of modern technologies by Customs administrations 
Mr. Theo Hesselink
World Customs Organization (WCO)

Presentation 3
The Ukrainian experience using e-seals in Customs transit
Mr. Sergii Somka 
Head of Department
State Customs Service of Ukraine

Presentation 4
Enhancing Transit Trade and Transportation  - Jordan’s Electronic Transit Tracking and Facilitation System
Dr. Arif Ahmad Alfitiani 
Director Telecommunication and Electronic Control Systems  
Jordan Customs Department

Presentation 5
A tool for secure transit: Vehicle Tracking System
Ms. Didem Dirlik
Head of Department 
Ministry of Customs and Trade

Republic of Turkey


Presentation 6
The impact of technologies on the facilitation of border crossing
Mr. Vytenis Alisauskas
Deputy Director  
Customs Information System Center


Presentation 7
Modern technology to improve customs security and control
Mr. Yehuda Efrat 
Marketing manager


Presentation 8
Cross border use of ECTS technology raises efficiency and security of Customs transit procedures Internationally 
Mr. Petter Siqveland  
Electronic Tracking Systems, ETS AS



Presentation 9
Non-intrusive inspections – The Belarusian experience
Mr. Igor Makhovikov
Head of Department 
State Customs Committee



Presentation 10
10 years of container scanning in Finland
Mr. Henrik Lindström 
Transit Coordinator 
Foreign Trade Department

Finnish National Board of Customs

Presentation 11
Current solutions for non-intrusive inspection and CBRNE detection
Mr. Mark R. Miller
CEO of Conceptivity and  
Vice Chairman of the European Organisation for Security (EOS)