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WCO welcomes postmens’ vote on security standards

[ November 14, 2012   //   ]

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) voted to make its security standards mandatory for its 192 member countries at its congress in Qataron 7-11 November , creating a legal basis for the provision of advance electronic data to Customs and aviation security authorities. The move was welcomed by the World Customs Organization (WCO), which said it would greatly help efforts to secure air cargo, following the Yemen ‘cartridge bomb’ attempts of 2010.

WCO secretary general, Kunio Mikuriya said the decesion clearly demonstrated the UPU’s commitment to a risk management approach, as called for in the WCO’s own Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global trade, adding that he had been worried for some time by the poor quality of information for customs risk-assessment purposes.

The UPU is now developing a global model for sending advance data to Customs, other border agencies and airlines.

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