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Round table on the role of best practices at border crossings in the implementation of the Harmonization Convention (Geneva, 14 June 2012)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organize a round table on the role of best practices at border crossings in the implementation of the International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods, 1982 (Harmonization Convention). This Round table will take place at Room V, Palais des Nations, Geneva, on 14 June 2012, and is organized in the framework of the 131st session of the UNECE Working Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport (WP.30) (12-15 June 2012). 

The Harmonization Convention is a framework convention that lays down a number of key principles, which are sine-qua-non for border crossing facilitation, and provides for a high degree of flexibility in their implementation at the national level, due to the fact that there may be no ‘one fits all’ solution for the 55 Contracting Parties. Under this situation, examples of best practice have been found to be indispensable for the proper implementation of the Harmonization Convention. With this in mind, UNECE and OSCE have prepared and published, at the beginning of 2012, an extensive joint publication entitled ‘Handbook on Best Practices at Border Crossings: A Trade and Transport Facilitation Perspective’. The Round table will provide extensive information on the Handbook and address various examples of best practice - from the UNECE region and beyond. The Round table aims at capacity building to ensure a more effective and efficient border crossing facilitation measures and is designed for government officials responsible for Customs, transport and trade policies. It is also open to representatives of transport industry. The Round table will include presentations by experts from various governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as by representatives of countries and the UNECE secretariat. More detail can be found in a 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

E-mail: konstantin.glukhenkiy@unece.org


Presentation 1
General introduction of the Handbook and overview of its selected chapters
Mr. Roel Janssens
Economic Adviser 
Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities
Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Presentation 2
Harmonization Convention as a unique global tool for border crossing facilitation 
Mr. Konstantin Glukhenkiy
Economic Affairs Officer 
UNECE Transport Division

Presentation 3
EURO 2012: joint border controls between Poland and Ukraine
Mr. Anatolii Serbailo 
Deputy Director of Department
State Customs Service of Ukraine

Presentation 4
Ensuring a smooth transit of goods through the territory of the Republic of Belarus
Mr. Igor Makhovikov 
Head of Department  
State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus
Presentation 5
Local solution for single window: implementation features in Ukraine
Mr. Oleksii Panasiuk
Adviser to President and Executive Director 
ICC Ukraine, Odessa region

Presentation 6
Best practices at border crossing in the ECO region
Mr. Esmaeil Tekyeh Sadat
Transport and Communication
Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)


Presentation 7
Modernization of border crossing points in Turkey
Ms. Didem DIRLIK 
Head of Department
Ministry of Customs and Trade
Republic of Turkey


Presentation 8
IRU’s projects and tools for border crossing facilitation 
Mr. Muratbek Azymbakiev  
Head of TIR relations
International Road Transport Union (IRU)


Presentation 9
Overview of various methodologies to evaluate border performance
Mr. Gerard Rodrigues
Director, Cargo Operations 
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Presentation 10
Time-cost-distance methodology
Mr. José Maria Rubiato 
Acting Head, Trade Logistics Branch 
Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
Presentation 11
Transport Route Attractiveness indeX  (TRAX) methodology for international freight transport as applied in the Euro-Asian TRACECA corridor
Dr. Ashraf Hamed
Chief Consultant  
Dornier Consulting, Germany
Summary and conclusions