Nepal DOC Stakeholder Consultation on Customs Initiatives in the Relief Consignment Clearance
Following the earthquake of April 2015, the Nepal Department of Customs created a Task Force to study gaps in existing Customs legislation and to draft Customs procedures for relief consignment clearance, with inputs from the World Customs Organization (WCO) and international Customs experts, to allow prompt clearing of Relief Consignments in the event of a disaster.
This Consultation discussed amendments to the legal framework, and the proposed way forward in strengthening Nepal Customs' disaster response capacity.
Prior to this Consultation, the Nepal DOC, together with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), introduced the Nepal Customs Automation System (NECAS) to the media and discussed its advantages and benefits.
These events are part of a week-long program organized by the Nepal DOC in observance of International Customs Day. The activities were co-financed by the Nepal DOC, the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded Subregional Transport Enhancement Project, and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction technical assistance, administered by ADB.
International Customs Day is observed in honor of the establishment of the WCO, an independent intergovernmental body, on 26 January 1952. It is recognition of the mission of WCO members to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations around the world.