Convention Establishing a Customs Co-operation Council

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Brussels, Belgium
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 04/11/1952

Category

Institutional Participation

Sub category

International Trade Law

Groups

WCO

What is it about?

This instrument establishes the Customs Co-Operation Council, an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, with the mission to improve the effectiveness of customs administration. In June 1994, the Customs Co-Operations Council adopted the informal working name “World Customs Organization” (WCO), in order to indicate more clearly its nature and worldwide status. The WCO has the mission to: - prepare, update, support and ensure the promotion of international instruments to harmonize and unify the application and interpretation of customs regulations and to simplify customs procedures on exchange of goods, persons or means of transport; - support the State Parties to ensure the application of their legislation through a most efficient cooperation among Member States and between Member States and International Organizations in order to repress customs offences; - help its members to meet the challenges of the trade environment and to adapt to new constraints by encouraging communication and cooperation among Member States and between Member States and International Organizations, to promote ethical behaviour in customs matters, to develop human resources, transparency, improvement of work and procedures of customs administrations and to establish the best practices.

Why is it relevant?

The WCO represents a forum where delegates from numerous different countries may discuss customs matters on equal terms. The Organization provides sophisticated technical assistance and a huge scope of Conventions and other legal instruments, drawn up by the Member States (161 in 2003).

Additional Information

The WCO appoints a Permanent Technical Committee, four Specialized Committees, a Secretary General and a Deputy Secretary General.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Afghanistan28/07/2004
Albania31/08/1992
Algeria19/12/1966
Andorra03/09/1998
Angola26/09/1990
Argentina01/07/1968
Armenia30/06/1992
Australia05/01/1961
Austria21/01/1953
Azerbaijan17/06/1992
Bahamas16/08/1974
Bahrain18/04/2001
Bangladesh01/07/1978
Barbados07/01/1999
Belarus16/12/1993
Belgium11/12/1952
Belize22/04/2008
Benin09/11/1998
Bhutan12/02/2002
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)14/09/1997
Bosnia and Herzegovina04/07/2008
Botswana25/08/1998
Brazil19/01/1981
Brunei Darussalam01/07/1996
Bulgaria01/08/1973
Burkina Faso16/09/1966
Burundi20/10/1964
Cambodia03/04/2001
Cameroon09/04/1965
Canada12/10/1971
Cape Verde01/07/1992
Central African Republic28/07/1986
Chad16/02/2005
Chile01/07/1966
China18/07/1983
Colombia01/07/1993
Comoros01/07/1993
Congo09/02/1975
Costa Rica29/08/2001
Cote d'Ivoire02/09/1963
Croatia01/07/1993
Cuba11/07/1988
Cyprus31/08/1967
Czech Republic01/01/1993
Democratic People's Republic of Korea02/07/1968
Democratic Republic of the Congo26/07/1972
Denmark19/10/1951
Djibouti19/03/2008
Dominican Republic28/07/2004
Ecuador16/12/1997
Egypt26/10/1956
El Salvador07/07/2005
Eritrea08/08/1995
Estonia18/06/1992
Ethiopia06/08/1973
Fiji01/07/1997
Finland27/01/1961
France06/10/1952
Gabon18/02/1965
Gambia14/10/1987
Georgia26/10/1993
Germany04/11/1952
Ghana01/08/1968
Greece10/12/1951
Guatemala22/02/1985
Guinea30/10/1991
Guyana29/07/1976
Haiti31/10/1958
Honduras08/12/2005
Hungary16/09/1968
Iceland15/02/1971
India15/02/1971
Indonesia30/04/1957
Iran16/10/1959
Iraq06/06/1990
Ireland23/09/1952
Israel23/05/1958
Italy20/11/1952
Jamaica29/03/1963
Japan15/06/1964
Jordan01/01/1964
Kazakhstan30/06/1992
Kenya24/05/1965
Kuwait04/10/1993
Kyrgyzstan10/02/2000
Lao People's Democratic Republic16/01/2007
Latvia22/06/1992
Lebanon20/05/1960
Lesotho02/08/1978
Liberia07/01/1975
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya11/01/1983
Lithuania18/06/1992
Luxembourg23/01/1953
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)01/07/1994
Madagascar18/02/1964
Malawi06/06/1966
Malaysia30/06/1964
Maldives08/09/1995
Mali07/08/1987
Malta06/07/1968
Mauritania02/10/1979
Mauritius29/03/1973
Mexico08/02/1988
Moldova28/10/1994
Mongolia17/09/1991
Montenegro24/10/2006
Morocco01/07/1968
Mozambique01/07/1987
Myanmar25/03/1991
Namibia01/07/1992
Nepal22/07/1985
Netherlands23/01/1953
New Zealand16/05/1963
Nicaragua24/09/1998
Niger01/07/1981
Nigeria21/08/1963
Norway06/08/1951
Oman11/09/2000
Pakistan16/11/1955
Panama08/03/1996
Papua New Guinea18/03/2002
Paraguay03/10/1969
Peru27/01/1970
Philippines01/10/1980
Poland17/07/1974
Portugal26/01/1953
Qatar04/05/1992
Republic of Korea02/07/1968
Romania15/01/1969
Russian Federation08/07/1991
Rwanda03/03/1964
Saint Lucia12/05/2005
Samoa01/10/2001
Sao Tome and Principe23/09/2009
Saudi Arabia08/05/1973
Senegal10/03/1976
Serbia27/03/2001
Seychelles25/07/2000
Sierra Leone06/11/1975
Singapore09/07/1975
Slovakia01/01/1993
Slovenia07/09/1992
Somalia10/04/2012
South Africa24/03/1964
South Sudan18/07/2012
Spain13/07/1952
Sri Lanka29/05/1967
Sudan08/06/1960
Swaziland15/05/1981
Sweden17/10/1952
Switzerland19/12/1952
Syrian Arab Republic03/11/1959
Tajikistan01/07/1997
Thailand04/02/1972
Timor-Leste19/09/2003
Togo12/02/1990
Tonga07/01/2005
Trinidad and Tobago15/10/1973
Tunisia20/07/1966
Turkey06/06/1951
Turkmenistan17/05/1993
Uganda03/11/1964
Ukraine26/06/1992
United Arab Emirates07/02/1979
United Kingdom12/09/1952
United Republic of Tanzania17/11/1964
United States of America15/12/1950
Uruguay16/09/1977
Uzbekistan28/07/1992
Vanuatu17/11/2009
Venezuela01/07/1996
Viet Nam01/07/1993
Yemen01/07/1993
Zambia27/09/1978
Zimbabwe19/03/1981
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