The United States is officially signed on as part of an ambitious plan to modernize global customs procedures.
Customs and Border Protection last week announced that the U.S. is now a contracting party to the Protocol of Amendment to the World Customs Organization Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures, which will go into effect Feb. 3.
The amendment to the 1973 convention upgrades worldwide customs administrations based on standardized and simplified procedures, improved customs control, risk management, information technology and stronger partnerships between Customs and industry.
"The Revised Customs Convention will not only facilitate trade," said Acting U.S. Customs Commissioner Deborah Spero. "Its role in advancing global security is even more significant today than ever envisioned in the pre-9/11 world in which it was drafted."
The new protocol serves as a foundation for the WCO Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade, adopted by WCO members in June, which provides global standards for improved supply chain security.