Border Procedure Management

Every day, governments protect citizens from unsafe consumer products coming across the border. Simultaneously, changing economic realities have made supply chain efficiency more vital than ever. 

This means governments must make well-informed decisions about product safety, without sacrificing efficiencies in cross-border product movement.

GS1 standards facilitate these decisions.

Our standards make it easier for governments and business to share information and work together, creating more secure and efficient supply chains.

Customs and Other Government Agencies (OGAs) worldwide have the dubious role to improve trade facilitation (i.e. minimise the cost for compliance and time to cross border) while maximizing the protection from harm and aiding collection of revenue.  To avoid delays in product clearance while protecting citizens and the environment, customs and OGAs are exploring how global data standards such as GS1 can be used in their cross-border product admission processes. Likewise, businesses are becoming aware of the mutual benefits that standards bring to their organisations and the global supply chains in which they operate. Both customs and businesses have similar needs to reduce the complexity, time, and costs related to importing and exporting goods, and efficient cross-border supply chains must have all parties, including Government, making smart use of existing product data.

GS1 standards are already widely used by the most well-known manufacturers, retailers, and logistics firms – the same companies that customs and OGAs interacts with. In other words, GS1’s biggest users are also governments' biggest users. By using GS1 standards and leveraging the extensive availability of information in the private sector supply chain, Governments can make decisions at the border that improve efficiency, safety and revenue collection and support a range of trade facilitation functions including:

  • Trade Information Portals, National Single Window systems and AEO
  • Simplified procedures and move towards standardisation/harmonisation
  • Addressing non-tariff barriers
  • Government opportunity to “piggy back” on industry product data and standards
  • Exporters achieve full chain traceability to access new markets

Based on our relationship with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and our Memorandum of Understanding, GS1 offers a long-term record of collaboration that provides a foundation for customs and industry to partner with GS1 to launch initiatives such as National Single Window and Authorized Economic Operator/Trusted Trader Programme, especially in North America and Asia Pacific. By leveraging standardised processes and systems, they expect to expedite product movement, manage risk, and improve compliance.

Case Study: Partnering with the WCO

World Customs Organisation (WCO) is the only international intergovernmental organisation that deals with customs procedures and regulations governing trade between countries.

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