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Customs and Border Management


About the Program

The World Bank has been an active player in customs reform and border management reform for many years having invested in over 120 Customs projects or projects with significant Customs components over the past 20 years. The current portfolio includes approximately $420 million in Customs operations with in excess of $150 million in projects currently under development.

Work on this agenda is spread across all regions and pockets of technical expertise exist throughout the Bank Group. A Customs and Border Management Practice Group (CBMPG) was created to provide an informal means of sharing relevant information and to provide a practical vehicle for networking.

Specifically the Practice Group offers access to:

  • A network of Bank Group staff and other professionals with knowledge and experience in the customs and border management field;
  • Regular mail updates on relevant topics as well as advance notice of events and other developments of interest to practitioners;
  • Web-based tools and knowledge products as well as model terms of reference and an updated consultant's register;
  • A series of regular knowledge and learning activities including BBLs on subjects of relevance in the field; and
  • A professional network of experts in partner organizations such as the World Customs Organization, World Trade Organization, UNCTAD, etc.
In addition to the above, the CBMPG provides an opportunity for increased cooperation and peer-to-peer networking between the various units in the World Bank Group active in the field. It prepares a quarterly newsletter for distribution to all members highlighting new activities and issues of interest as well as reports on events attended by members of the practice group.

For furthur information on the World Bank's customs and border management agenda, please contact: Gerard McLinden, Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist, International Trade Department


Border Management Modernization

Border clearance processes by customs and other agencies are among the most important and problematic links in the global supply chain. It takes three times as many days, nearly twice as many documents, and six times as many signatures to import goods in poor countries than it does in rich ones. Delays and costs at the border undermine a country’s competitiveness, either by taxing imported inputs with deadweight inefficiencies or by adding costs and reducing the competitiveness of exports.

This book is designed to shed new light on these problems and to identify a range of strategies that will help officials meet their traditional control responsibilities while at the same time facilitating legitimate trade. It also provides advice to development professional and key policy makers about what works, what doesn’t and why.

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Border Management Modernization Toolkits

  • Post Clearance AuditingPost Clearance Audit: Reference and Implementation Guide
    David Widdowson and Rob Preece | February 2013
    English | Français

  • Developing a TIPDeveloping a Trade Information Portal
    Luc Pugliatti | June 2012
    English | Français

  • Border Risk ManagementRisk-Based Compliance Management
    David Widdowson | March 2012
    English | Français

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Core Team

The composition of the CBMPG team is small reflecting the limited number of Bank Group staff with specific technical competence in the border management field. During the early stages of establishment of the practice group, the following officials agreed to serve as core facilitators and coordinators:





Gerard McLindenSenior Trade Facilitation
Toni MatsudairaSenior Trade Facilitation SpecialistCoordinator
Technical advice
Alan HallConsultantCoordinator, TFF
Technical Support
Ramesh SivaLead Information Officer CoordinatorE-Government and Single
Uma SubramanianLead Private Sector Development SpecialistCoordinator
Private Sector
Enrique FantaSenior Public Sector SpecialistCoordinator, Revenue
Patricia WihongiConsultantCBMPG

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