Customs products finalised

24 November 2008

The Customs Information Guide (CIG) is now fully integrated and operational on the Logistics Cluster website.

I. Customs Information Guide

The Customs Information Guide (CIG)  is now fully integrated and operational on the Logistics Cluster website.   Its purpose is to facilitate and promote the sharing of customs information – both duties and taxes exemption and customs clearance – related to the importation, exportation and transit of humanitarian aid consignments.  This contributes to the efficient movement of aid consignments by reducing time and costs.

The CIG is an accurate, up-to-date and practical country-by-country on-line information database for both logistics and administration officers.  It contains information for both emergency and non-emergency situations.  In relation to obtaining a duty and tax exemption, it provides information on national legislation, applicable agreements, and application process details.  For customs clearance, it provides general information, document requirements, transit procedures. The CIG also includes country information such as focal points, entry points and national holidays.

To date, with the help of a network of WFP and humanitarian partners focal points around the world, more than 40 countries are included in the CIG with more than 20 to still be added.
Access to the CIG is currently available to the public via the Logistics Cluster customs page

II. Customs Training Modules

Also included on the Logistics Cluster website are newly created customs training packages developed by the JLC customs team.  There are four (4) modules covering the basics of customs, customs and humanitarian aid, information dissemination and, lastly, a Nepal pilot project which was accomplished in collaboration with OCHA

 

These training packages were developed using information obtained from numerous sources over the course of several months and are now made available in concise packages for learning and instruction.  They are currently used as a basis for and will be integrated into future training courses, including one on Aviation and Customs.