Glossary of International Customs Terms

World Customs Organization (WCO) is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

In 1947, thirteen European countries established a Study Group to examine customs issues identified by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). This work led to the adoption in 1948 of the Convention establishing the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC), which was signed in Brussels. In 1994, the organization adopted its current name, the World Customs Organization.

Turkey is among the founder member countries of World Customs Organisation. Today, WCO has 182 Members, three-quarters of which are developing countries, are responsible for managing more than 98% of world trade.

The WCO’s primary objective is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of member customs administrations, thereby assisting them to contribute successfully to national development goals, particularly revenue collection, national security, trade facilitation, community protection, and collection of trade statistics.  For more information: World Customs Organisation

In this context, WCO published a document called as Glossary of International Customs Terms to be used by international customs community and all trade operators.

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