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The WCO Data Model – An Introduction



The aim of this course is to provide decisionmakers, and technical and non-technical staff a general introduction to the WCO Data Model, a universal language developed by WCO for cross-border data exchange.

At the end of the course you will understand:

  • The role of the WCO Data Model and the benefits of using simplified and harmonized trade procedures, and sharing data across borders.
  • The use of the WCO Data Model for different customs procedures.
  • The concept of ‘Single Window’ and its linkage with the WCO Data Model.
  • The connection of the WCO data model with other international standards.
  • The challenges and best practices for the implementation of the WCO Data Model.

The development of this course was funded by CCF-Korea.

Upon completing the course, learners are encouraged to complete the WCO Data Model: Advanced course for technical training on how to use the WCO Data Model.

Modules included:

  • Why is there a WCO Data Model?
  • How is the WCO Data Model developed and being used?
  • What are the benefits of the WCO Data Model?
  • In which systems can you implement the WCO Data Model?
  • WCO Data Model – An Introduction – Course Certificate
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