The response of the global Customs community to the COVID-19 pandemic transpired as an illustration of the prominent role Customs play in disaster relief. The disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic have been wide-ranging and unprecedented. Emergency measures needed to curb the spread of the disease, such as travel restrictions, stay-at home orders, lockdowns, closures of non-essential businesses, etc., had unintended impacts on borders and thereby on trade, transport and travel. In this context, measures implemented by Customs to facilitate the cross-border movement of relief and essential supplies were of key importance for mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This webinar will enable participants to:
- LEARN what is the role of Customs in disaster relief;
- LEARN how the WCO supports its Members to speed-up and facilitate the cross-border movement of relief consignments;
- LEARN what humanitarian actors and logistics providers need to know in order to avoid border delays and unnecessary costs when importing relief consignments.