UNDA project on C2C data exchange
Strengthening the capacities of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to facilitate legitimate border crossing, regional cooperation and integration
Three years (2013-2015) - Prolonged until 30 June 2016
Developing countries and countries with economies in transition, particularly Contracting Parties to the TIR Convention
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE/Transport Division)
The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to facilitate legitimate border crossing, by means of increased secure electronic exchange of information between Customs administrations. Simultaneously, the project will further secure the supply chain and the government revenues related to the international transport of goods. Ultimately, this project will contribute to increasing the cooperation between Customs administrations and promote the use of international standard electronic messages, in particular, for transit operations.
On the basis of existing international standards on transit related information, such as those used and defined in the framework of the eTIR project, the project will deliver a Customs-to-Customs (C2C) exchange platform. Moreover, at least five pilot countries will be provided with technical assistance contracts to connect their ICT systems with the newly developed platform. Furthermore, technical workshops to be held in each region will build capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to maximise the benefits offered by the C2C exchange platform, to increase their electronic exchange of Customs information with neighbouring countries as well as to adopt international standards when it comes to electronic messages. Such cross-border electronic exchange of transit related Customs information will not only streamline border crossing procedures but also improve risk management. The adoption of existing international standards for electronic transit related messages will also be promoted and will further facilitate the work of transport operators.
Expert groups, workshops and a seminar will ensure during the whole project the exchange of best practices, capacity building and, at the end, the dissemination of the project results. The pilot countries will serve as examples and there experience will encourage additional countries to link up to the C2C exchange platform with the view to, ultimately, fully computerize transit operations globally.
The proposal is consistent with the scope and priorities of the strategic frameworks for 2012-2013 of relevant subprograms of UNECE, UNESCAP, UNECA, UNESCWA and UNECLAC and is directly linked to the Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGs), including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Development Agenda.
The project builds on the experience of the UNECE Working Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport (WP.30) and, in particular, eight years of work of the Informal Ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure (WP.30/GE.1).
Crossing borders has always been a problem in international transport and trade. Despite recent improvements, international transport still faces obstacles, costs and difficulties at borders. Border crossing problems most severely affect landlocked developing countries, as they seriously impede access of those countries to the global market and lead to substantial losses for their national economies. The competitiveness of those countries is undermined by cumbersome Customs and other control procedures. Overall, limitations to trade and transport facilitation are detrimental to economic growth, regional cooperation and integration.
Control authorities at borders face security challenges related to smuggling, terrorism, illegal trade and immigration. In view of the large volume of cross-border transport operations nowadays, Customs authorities are no longer in a position to control every vehicle or container. Instead, they have to apply risk management and identify high risk consignments on the basis of data available. However, the data provided for risk analysis in a given country could potentially be falsified or intended to mislead Customs officials. Often, the most reliable data on the goods transported is available at the Customs offices of departure at the origin of a transit movement following an export procedure. To the extent possible, these data should be captured and then made available to the Customs authorities of transit and destination countries through a common Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system, prior to the arrival of the goods. The availability of advance electronic cargo information and the establishment of C2C network arrangements have been identified as cornerstones of the global supply chain security by the World Customs Organization.
Today, only a few international conventions provide a legal basis for the exchange of information related to the international transport of goods. Among those, the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) has the broadest geographical scope (67 countries worldwide). The exchange of electronic information is being addressed in the framework of the so-called eTIR project, which has been administered by UNECE since 2002. The eTIR project aims at full computerization of the TIR procedure and will eventually replace Customs paper documents by the exchange of electronic messages. The requirements of the necessary electronic systems have already been determined, including the establishment of a centralized C2C information network.
On the basis of the work already done by the eTIR project and its innovations, the proposed project aims at implementing and strengthening the capacity to use a versatile C2C information network in up to five pilot developing countries and countries with economies in transition with their neighbouring countries and trading partners. This will ensure a secure exchange of information related to goods in transit, inter alia those under cover of the TIR procedure. The network will be designed to facilitate, in the long term, the exchange of C2C and Business-to-Customs (B2C) information globally. The sustainability of such a network could easily be ensured by means of a minimal fee-for-use that would provide the necessary funds for the maintenance of the system. The secure electronic exchange of C2C information will lead to increased security and reduced border crossing delays.
The development of the European Union (EU) New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) as well as various national computerized transit systems (e.g. the Turkish Bilge system) have proved that paper-based transit systems can be efficiently replaced by electronic procedures. So far, these different national and regional systems do not communicate with each other when goods are transported beyond national or regional borders, except in a few cases where bilateral agreements have been signed (e.g. EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries in the framework of the Common Transit Convention). Consequently, international transit systems, TIR being the best, if not the only, example of truly international transit, rely on old-fashioned paper documentation where information is keyed in and extracted manually by both transport operators and Customs officers.
Developing countries and countries with economies in transition could greatly benefit from increased and more secure international inland transport. However, despite numerous bilateral, multilateral or international agreements, border crossing remains a major obstacle to fast and cost effective inland transport of goods (See, for example, "Overcoming Border Bottlenecks. The Costs and Benefits of Trade Facilitation", OECD Trade Policy Studies, OECD, February 2009). The lack of effective and efficient risk assessment methods remains one of the factors leading to unnecessarily long waiting times at Customs offices and triggers in some countries an extensive and expensive use of Customs escorts. Moreover, limitation in the levels of current international guarantees together with frequent miss-declaration and undervaluation undermines the potential of revenue collection linked, in particular, with import taxes and duties.
While national electronic Customs systems are a prerequisite for the establishment of efficient risk assessment procedures, timely and reliable data are required to adequately assess the risks related to international transport and ultimately reduce the losses in government revenues. Today, the supply chain is largely computerized, but Customs still largely rely on paper based documents, like the TIR Carnet, to obtain the information necessary to assess the risks. Furthermore, when additional data are required or when information is required prior to the arrival of the goods, e.g. security requirements, countries set up ad-hoc, non-harmonized regulations. The different systems for providing advanced cargo information in EU countries and in the Russian Federation are recent examples of this practice. The lack of cooperation between countries with regard to data exchange together with the absence of international standards to be used is consequently a direct cause of inadequate risk assessment.
In parallel, the lack of collaboration and standards opens the doors to corruption practices, which have severe negative effects on government revenues. Simultaneously, the lack of collaboration between countries forces each and every country along the supply chain to process information from paper documents, thus wasting resources that could further improve risk assessment and, ultimately, reduce the number of smuggling cases.
The electronic exchange of transit information among Customs administrations will have multiple impacts on the direct beneficiaries of this project, i.e. (a) legitimate international trade and transport companies, (b) Customs administrations and other cross-border agencies and (c) organizations and companies providing guarantees, thus securing the payment of duties and taxes of goods in transit in case of irregularities.
Furthermore, international trade and transport are key vectors of economic development. Through increased competition they are of benefit to consumers and, thanks to increased exports volumes, they generally ensure additional revenues for producers. This project, in view of its objective to further facilitate and secure the cross border movement of goods, including the reduction of delays at border crossings, will ultimately not only impact most economic sectors in the countries involved but will also increase the purchasing power and well-being of citizens.
The activities undertaken in the framework of this project have two major expected results, the increased use of international standards, in particular when it comes to the submission of B2C electronic information, as well as the increased collaboration between Customs of different countries and C2C exchange of relevant electronic information.
- Activity 1 Delivering a first inter-regional Expert Group Meeting (two days) aimed at the assessment of the legal and technical needs of candidate developing countries and countries with economies in transition to extend the exchange of electronic information with other countries (“gap” analysis). The linkages with major existing national and regional computerized transit systems will also be assessed and explored. On the basis of studies to be prepared by independent consultants, the Expert Group will determine the selection criteria and nominate at least five pilot countries.
- Activity 2 Development and deployment of a secure C2C versatile electronic exchange platform, taking due account of the specific challenges faced by developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
- Activity 3 Provision of technical assistance to national experts in at least five pilot countries to link national or regional Customs IT systems (e.g. ASYCUDA) to the C2C exchange platform or to development of an Action Plan setting out the steps needed to introduce a new C2C platform to exchange information and ensure its sustainability over time.
- Activity 4 Deliverance of five technical workshops (two days) to build capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to maximise the benefits offered by the C2C exchange platform, to increase their electronic exchange of Customs information with neighbouring countries as well as to adopt international standards when it comes to electronic messages (the project will provide funding for twenty participants at each workshop).
- Activity 5 Delivering a second inter-regional Expert Group Meeting (one day) at the end of the project to present and evaluate the results achieved in the five pilot countries.
- Activity 6 Delivering a seminar (one day and back to back with the second inter-regional Expert Group Meeting) to promote the electronic exchange of Customs information and the adoption of standard electronic messages, with special focus on the specific requirement of developing countries and countries with economies in transition on the basis of the results achieved in the five pilot countries (the project will provide funding for 45 participants from developing countries and countries with economies in transition, in particular from countries other than the pilot countries).
Workshop on Customs-to-Customs Electronic Data Exchange
Casablanca - Morocco · 2-4 December 2015
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Session 1. Assessing Arab Economic Integration Report: Main Results + The Maghreb’s Free Trade Zone
Assessing Arab Economic Integration: Towards the Arab Customs Union
Mr. Mehmet Eris, ESCWA
Session 2. Computerization of custom procedures and TIR
The UNDA project, the TIR Convention and the eTIR project
Mr. Andre Sceia, ECE
The TIR System Current Status of Computerization
Mr. Habib Turki, IRU
WCO, Globally Network Customs, Interoperability between Customs Administrations
Mr. Armen Manukyan, WCO
Session 3. WCM Data Models : Customs Procedures Dematerialization and Foreign Exchanges: Example from Senegal and Tunisia
Customs procedures Dematerialization and external trade: the case of Senegal
Mr. Abdoulay Basse, Senegal Customs
The TradeNet Single Window: a Major Step Towards C2C
Mr. Mustapha Mezghani, CEO of Tunisia Trade Net
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Session 4. Initiatives in the Arab region in the context of its regional integration schemes
Data exchange between Agadir Initiative Countries in Framework of ATU action plan
Mr. Mohamed Tolba, Agadir Technical Unit
LAS: The Arab Unified Customs law and the need for data exchange among LAS members
Mr. Sameh Abd El-karim, LAS
Session 5. Exchange of Good Practices in Customs Procedure Harmonization
Experience from ASEAN
Mr. Quang Le, UNDP aid for trade
Experience from C2C in the EU: lessons for the Euro-Med partnership
Mr. Zahouani Saadaoui, European Commission
Session 6. TIC for Regional Integration and Trade Facilitation in North Africa
The Role of Harmonized Customs Procedures in Trade Facilitation and Regional Integration
Mr. Habib Turki, IRU
Options for Harmonizing Customs Procedures and Accelerating C2C Exchange of Electronic Documents
Mr. Lotfi Ayadi, International Consultant
Session 7. C2C: application to Tunisia
UNDA project in Tunisia
Mr. Lotfi Ayadi, International Consultant
Presentation by Tunisian customs authority of the system of exchange of data
Representative of the Tunisian Customs
Friday, 4 December 2015
Session 8. Custom Procedures in Arab Countries: How They Performed in the Last Decade
Trade Facilitation in Arab region
Mr. Adel Al-Ghaberi, ESCWA
Session 9. Gap analysis in the ECA-ESCWA region: Agadir and UMA
Gap analysis in the ECA-ESCWA region: Agadir and UMA
Workshop on Customs-to-Customs Electronic Data Exchange
Issyk-Kul · Kyrgyzstan · 7-8 September 2015
Focal point: Fedor Kormilitsyn
Phone: +66 2 288 2496
Fax: +66 2 288 1020
Conclusions and recommendations (Russian only)
TIR and eTIR
Mr. André Sceia, UNECE
Current status of computerization of TIR and joint UNECE-IRU eTIR pilot project
Mr. Vakhtang Zarandia, IRU
ICT-based technological solutions for facilitation of operation of international road transport
ESCAP Model on Integrated Controls at Border Crossings and Secure Cross-border Transport Model
Mr. Fedor Kormilitsyn, UNESCAP
Vehicle tracking system in Kyrgyzstan
Mr. Bakyt Umarov, AIRTO-KR
Overview of legal and technical conditions for electronic exchange of transit information between Customs authorities in Central Asia
Delegation of Kazakhstan
Delegation of Kyrgyzstan
Delegation of Tajikistan
Delegation of Uzbekistan
Customs-to-Customs data exchange Workshop
Hotel Costé, Kostava Street 45A
Tbilisi · Georgia ·22-23 June 2015
+41 (0)22 917 1313
+995 (32) 226 29 03 / +995 (599) 914166
Regional Perspective of the connectivity of Customs in the South Caucasus
Ms. Tinatin Tsanava, Georgia
Session 1. COMPUTERIZATION OF THE TIR PROCEDURE
TIR and the eTIR project
Mr. André Sceia, UNECE
TIRExB’s C2C data exchange services and tools
Mr. Joan Padreny, UNECE
The exchange platform
Ms. Eka Katamadze, GEC Corp.
UNECE-IRU e-TIR pilot project between Turkey and Iran
Mr. Philippe Grosjean, IRU
Session 2. THE WCO DATA MODEL
The WCO Data Model v.3.5
Mr. Tigran Tigranyan, Armenia
WCO Safe and GNC
Mr. Tigran Tigranyan, Armenia
Session 3. ASYCUDA
Data exchange with ASYCUDA (C2C, B2C and related web services) / TIR operation management in ASYCUDA / Connectivity of the NCTS system with ASYCUDA
Mr. Dmitry Godunov, UNCTAD
Session 4. EXCHANGE OF BEST PRACTICES
Current experience in electronic data exchange in Georgia
Ms. Tamar TSIKLAURI, Georgia
Customs-to-Customs Exchange: the Uzbekistan Customs’ Activities
Mr. Abdusobirjon Saidov, Uzbekistan
TIR System in Turkey: Implementations and Projects
Ms. Ruken Mermer, Turkey
The Common Transit Convention and its use of NCTS
Mr. Michael Rathje, European Commission
Current experience in electronic data exchange in Azerbaijan
Mr. Igbal Babayev, Azerbaijan
Exchange of information on goods which are objects of foreign activity
Mrs. Tetiana Kiriazieva, Ukraine
Common Transit Convention and NCTS implementation in Turkey
Mr.Onur Çokol, Turkey
Interrelation of the NCTS applications with the TIR messages
Ms. Anna Dubielak, European Commission
Business Intelligence applied to customs’ risks and valuation and the WCO Data Model (San José, Costa Rica, 16-17 June 2015)
Business Intelligence applied to customs’ risks and valuation and the WCO Data Model
San Jose, Costa Rica, June 16-17, 2015
Sesión I: Inteligencia de Negocios (BI) y Data Mining
Conceptos básicos sobre inteligencia de negocios
Introducción a Tablero de Control
Herramientas de Data Mining
Cecilia Ruz,Luis Azaña Bocanegra
Aplicación de Herramientas de Data Mining
Cecilia Ruz, Luis Azaña Bocanegra
Facilitación del Comercio: Modernización de los Pasos de Frontera en Centroamérica
Sesión II: El Modelo de Datos de la Organización Mundial de Aduanas (OMA)
Introducción al Modelo de Datos de la OMA
Implementación de Modelo de Datos de la OMA
Mejores práctica del intercambio de la información. Norma TIR
Apoyo de la SIECA a la facilitación del comercio y su relación con el modelo de datos de la OMA y Proyecto Regional de Apoyo a la Integración Económica Centroamericana y a la Implementación del acuerdo de Asociación (PRAIIA)
First session of the Inter-regional Expert Group Meeting on the Unite Nations Development Accounts Project 1213AA - Strengthening the capacities of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to facilitate legitimate border crossing, regional cooperation and integration
Geneva, 8 December 2014 - salle VIII, Palais de Nations, Geneva
Focal point: André Sceia
Phone: +41 (0)22 917 1313
Informal document UNDA1213AA/No. 2 (2014) - Gap Analysis - UNECE
Informal document UNDA1213AA/No. 3 (2014) - Gap Analysis - ESCWA
Informal document UNDA1213AA/No. 4 (2014) - Gap Analysis - UNECA
Informal document UNDA1213AA/No. 5 (2014) - Gap Analysis - ESCAP
Informal document UNDA1213AA/No. 6 (2014) - Gap Analysis - ECLAC
Informal document UNDA1213AA/No. 7 (2014) - Next steps
Objectives and status
The TIR Convention, the eTIR Project and the UNECE-IRU eTIR pilot project
Joint use of border crossing points between Turkey and Georgia
Gap Analysis of Current Legal and Technical Framework for Electronic C2C Exchange of Transit Information between Georgia and Neighboring Countries - UNECE
Analyse des Gaps techniques et juridiques relatifs aux échanges électroniques entre les douanes de deux pays (C2C Transit) - UNESCWA
Analyse des Gaps techniques et juridiques relatifs aux échanges électroniques entre les douanes de deux pays (C2C Transit) - UNECA
A gap analysis for customs to customs data exchange in Costa Rica - UNECLAC
Results of the technical assistance
Assister la douane Tunisienne pour se connecter à une plateforme d’échange des données électronique C2C
Second inter-regional Expert Group Meeting (20 June 2016)
Seminar on the promotion the electronic exchange of customs transit information and the adoption of standard electronic messages (21 June 2016)
UNECE Transport Division
Palais des Nations - CH-1211 Geneva 10
Tel: +41 (0) 22 917 2401 - Fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0039
Mr. André Sceia
ECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Mr. Ochozias A GBAGUIDI
Mrs. Karima Bounemra BEN SOULTANE
Mr. Abdoul Kane
ECLAC - United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America
Mr. Nanno MULDER
ESCAP - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Mr. Fedor KORMILITSYN
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