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Newsletter WCO - November 2021



Foreword by the Secretary General

The rapid development of vaccines against COVID-19 was followed by an unprecedented international effort to facilitate the deployment of vaccines in countries with high transmission rate. The collaboration and coordination of the global community to save lives and end the pandemic highlighted the crucial role of Customs at borders.

To facilitate one of the greatest ever cold chain operations, the Secretariat of the World Customs Organization (WCO) promptly produced a number of strategic tools providing specialized guidance to Members’ Customs administrations and supporting them in tackling this challenge in an efficient and harmonized manner.

The WCO has also taken a leadership role by partnering with international organizations and relevant stakeholders to foster global recovery, resilience and preparedness. It is an absolute priority to ensure a seamless flow of relief goods and facilitate the distribution of essential goods and medicines . The WCO is fully committed to providing its resources and know-how to ensure supply chain continuity and to make goods available rapidly to those in need, including by encouraging and coordinating global action by Customs.

Customs trade facilitation measures are crucial to mitigate the health and socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Improved cooperation between border agencies, the digitalization of procedures and the streamlining of policies and processes, to name but a few measures, make it possible to reduce red tape and to scale up the global vaccination response. For this reason, it is particularly appropriate to make trade facilitation, including the cross-border movement of critical medical goods and vaccines, the focus of this second edition of the WCO COVID-19 Newsletter produced as part of the COVID-19 Project, thus providing readers with an update on the latest initiatives and best practices.

I hope that you will find the content and the insights provided by contributors on highly relevant topics informative. The fight against COVID-19 is not over; however, together we are taking multiple steps forward towards a successful conclusion.


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