The Trade and Development Series seeks to provide objective, accessible information about the new trade agenda. Titles in the series cover a wide range of topics, from regional trade agreements and customs reform to agriculture, intellectual property rights, services, and other key issues currently being discussed in World Trade Organization negotiations. Contributors to the series represent some of the world’s leading thinkers and specialists on international trade issues. Titles in this series undergo internal and external review under the management of the Trade Group's Advisory Board in the World Bank's Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network.
(Washington, DC: World Bank, 2005)
De Wulf, Luc; Sokol, José B.
This handbook aims to make a positive
contribution to the efforts that many countries are
undertaking to modernize their customs administrations. The
handbook views a competent and well-organized customs
service as one that successfully balances its various
responsibilities to ensure a high level of compliance with
revenue objectives and regulatory requirements while at the
same time intervening as little as possible in the
legitimate movement of goods and people across borders. The
handbook recognizes that conditions differ greatly across
countries, so that each customs administration will need to
tailor its modernization efforts to national objectives,
implementation capacities, and resource availability.