The World Customs Organisation has released a new Framework of Standards on cross-border e-commerce. The document sets out 15 global standards on cross-border e-commerce with a view to providing pragmatic, fair and innovative solutions, whilst taking into account the diverse expectations and concerns of Customs administrations and stakeholders.
The core essence of the Framework is the exchange of advance electronic data for an effective risk management and enhanced facilitation of growing volumes of small and low-value shipments by adopting simplified procedures with respect to clearance, revenue collection and return. It also encourages the use of non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment, data analytics and other cutting-edge technologies.
The full text of the WCO Framework and related documents on e-commerce is available here.