Module 2: International Customs Instruments and European Customs Legislation


The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has developed a wide range of instruments designed to assist economic operators and customs authorities. Accordingly, their effective application benefits commerce, revenue collection and security controls. 


International Customs Instruments

  • Revenue collection, transit and transhipment
  • International customs instruments
  • Computerised clearance systems

European Customs Legislation

  • Forms of national, supranational and international legislation
  • Customs codes: drafting, implementation, interpretation, compliance
  • International cooperation in formulating customs instruments

Discussion Topics

  • The practical application of WCO instruments
  • Contemporary role of the WCO in standards-setting and dispute resolution; policing non-tariff measures relating to health, safety and national security
  • Implementation and intercommunication of electronic customs clearance systems

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • apply customs instruments pursuant to the Revised Kyoto Convention
  • exploit modern customs instruments (e.g. Single Window, AEO, SASP e-Customs)
  • critically assess the implementation of international customs instruments in European and domestic legislation
  • apply the correct rules of statutory interpretation and use the discretion granted by customs laws effectively