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The Cognitive Port of the Future

Future ports are digital Imagine an autonomous port where the technology is guiding container ships to designated berthing position. Where all operation is automated and optimized using data from high amount of sensors installed across of terminals, water and road network surrounding ports. This is a vision adopted by leading ports like Port of Rotterdam […]

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Customs in the cognitive era (part 1)

Norbert Kouwenhoven and I are writing an article about how cognitive computing can transform the way customs agencies supervise international merchandise trade. Over the next couple of months I plan to post a series of blog posts about customs in the cognitive era as we finalise the article. In part 1, we look at cognitive […]

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Brexit: implications for the operation of the Customs Union

What a fortnight it has been. The outcome of the UK’s EU referendum has been to leave the EU, leading figures in the UK leave campaign have resigned and we wait to see who emerges as the new prime minister and what happens to the leader of the opposition. Those of us who work in […]

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Did you know context can help improve customs and border security?

Securing our borders, ports and strategic shipping lanes and waterways is critical to national security; however, monitoring the activity of the millions of entities passing through these points of entry is extremely challenging and resource intensive. A national defense organization responsible for the protection of one of the most globally significant waterways and ports was […]

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Smarter Customs Risk Management solutions to tackle the counterfeit goods problem

The EU issued a press report on July 7th 2014, telling about Operation ERMIS which resulted in 70,000 counterfeit goods being seized in an EU joint customs operation*1. Counterfeit products are a threat to local economies and undermine the ability of legitimate companies to compete in the market. Preventing the import of counterfeit goods therefore […]

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Life is more interesting on the edges

Life is more interesting on the edges.  Our own national boundaries are very much the same.  It is at the borders that flows of people, goods, and money cross from one country to another.  The management of these cross border flows has important implications for economic competitiveness, product and food safety, public safety, and national […]

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A Smarter Customs Dream

Starting May 4th, 2014, in Brisbane Australia, the World Customs Organization IT conference will be held, with a theme focused on how Customs operations can improve economic competitiveness. The conference will provide a forum for government leaders and private sector organizations to share key trends, best practices, and a vision for the future of customs […]

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Advanced Passenger Analysis from IBM

IBM Advanced Passenger Analysis System (APA) Governments need to facilitate trade and travel and expedite immigration and customs clearance to bona fide passengers while at the same time interrogating or detaining potential high-risk passengers at the border. They can do this by identifying, in advance of arrival and departure, passengers who are known or potential […]

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Big and surprising shifts in the competitiveness of countries as trading nations – World Bank Logistics Performance Indicator (LPI) 2014 report

The yearly WCO IT conference will take place in Brisbane, Australia, on 5-7 May 2014. In preparation of this event, which has a strong focus on sharing best practices and innovations, it is interesting to review the World Bank Logistics Performance Indicator (LPI) 2014 report which has recently been published. Big and surprising shifts in […]

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EU Customs statistics

Did you know that in 2012…? On average 8 Customs declarations were processed per second in the EU, throughout the whole year 139 million customs declarations for import were processed in the EU; 105 million for export and 17 million for transit. The total value of EU imports was € 1.8 trillion The total value […]

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Beyond the single window: Paving the way to collaborative border management

IBM´s newest white paper for the Customs Industry is now available: http://ibm.co/17xg5A0 In the decades since the first single windows opened in Singapore and Sweden, national single window customs implementations focused on simplifying the interactions of traders with government, ultimately achieving a single point and moment of interaction for data submission by traders and for […]

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