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Bhutan signs relief customs deal

[ August 3, 2011   //   ]

Bhutan has signed a model customs facilitation agreement with the United Nations to expedite relief consignments in the event of disasters and emergencies.It follows the WCO’s recent adoption of a Resolution on the Role of Customs in natural disaster relief which provides a set of actions to be undertaken in order for Customs to be prepared for natural disasters. The signing of this UN Agreement falls under this new WCO Resolution.

The rugged mountain terrain, fragile geological conditions and extreme climate make Bhutan inherently vulnerable to natural disasters. The Agreement will allow aid consignments, including search and rescue teams, dog teams and mobile medical units, speedy entry and transit into the country in the event of a disaster.

The WCO has also taken measures to strengthen the partnership between Customs, International Organizations and NGOs in the Horn of Africa.