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World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya received the instruments of accession of Samoa to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (Revised Kyoto Convention), from Fatumanava III Dr. Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of the Independent State of Samoa to Belgium and the European Union, on October 27, 2016.
Having entered into force on February 3, 2006, the Revised Kyoto Convention is a WCO legal instrument acceded by several countries as the way to further promote legitimate trade and effective controls. It is regarded by the entire international Customs Community as a key blueprint for modern Customs in 21st Century, which complements countries’ efforts for ratification of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
Among others, the Convention’s key elements include the application of simplified Customs procedures in a predictable and transparent environment, the optimal use of information technology, the utilization of risk management, a strong partnership with the trade and other stakeholders, and a readily accessible system of appeals.
The WCO Secretary General welcomed the accession of Samoa, since this demonstrates the country’s commitment to implementing Customs procedures adapted to the international trade environment and efforts towards trade facilitation, especially in the context of ensuring connectivity, which is a key element for small islands’ economies. The Secretary General strongly encourages other WCO Members to accede to the Convention as soon as possible.