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WCO to place a spotlight on “disruptive technologies” in April 2018

19 March 2018

A whole day will be devoted to “disruptive technologies” at the meeting of the WCO’s Permanent Technical Committee (PTC) that is scheduled to take place from 16 to 20 April 2018. Delegates will discuss, in detail, the potential benefits, risks and impact of technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, the Internet of Things, robotics and biometrics, on the work of Customs.

Moreover, they will examine a Study Report compiling all relevant work already done on these topics under the auspices of the WCO Virtual Working Group on the Future of Customs. Created in 2015 following intense discussions by the PTC on the future of Customs, the Virtual Working Group gathers representatives from Customs, the private sector, international organizations and academia, with a mandate to carry out exploratory work and research on disruptive technologies.

This is the first time that a whole day is being dedicated to this topic by the PTC, and discussions promise to be intense.

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