In application of Article 13.1 of the EU Council Directive 2006/112/CE on the common system of the value added tax, all orders for goods and services provided by the WCO are invoiced exclusive of VAT since the WCO is regarded as non-taxable person in respect to the activities or transactions in which it engages as public authority within its scope of activity defined in the Convention of 15 December 1950 establishing a Customs Co-operation Council, even where it collects dues, fees, contributions or payments in connection with those activities or transactions.

The WCO SAFE Framework of Standards – Overview



“By the end of this lesson you should be able to:

– Explain the history behind SAFEĀ  and its evolution from 2002 to the present day

– State its fundamental objective and associated principles

– Name the four core elements of SAFE

– Name the three pillars and provide a basic rationale for each one

– List at least five key benefits of SAFE for all stakeholders in international trade

– Describe the constituent parts of the SAFE Package.

A quiz is also included to test your knowledge.”


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Duration: 18 min


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