Doing Cross-Border Trade in Europe? Download this Free Handbook!

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) recently released the
Handbook of Best Practices at Border Crossings — A Trade and Transport Facilitation Perspective to assist the 56 OSCE participating States / UNECE member States in the development of more efficient border and customs policies through the promotion of existing best practices in the field. Clocking in at 268 pages and 5.7 MB, this e-book is filled with advice on the international legal framework; international co-operation; balancing security with trade and transport facilitation; policies for control, clearance, and transit of freight; risk management; border crossing point design; the use of information and communications technology for non-intrusive inspection; human resource management, and measuring performance. Given the wide array of legislation that an international organization can face, given that this e-book is totally free, the doctor thinks it’s a must have in your global trade e-Library.

As the handbook points out in chapter 3, there are five major categories of security threats that countries need to watch out for at their borders:

  • normal criminal acts
    such as car thefts on one side and chop shops on the other
  • technical violations
    such as lack of proper documentation
  • traditional organized crime
    that would include smuggling of weapons, people, and other contraband
  • terrorist threats
    that could result in attacks, destruction of property, and death
  • border management threats
    that would include corruption and abuse of power

These require a number of security procedures and controls to deal with. (The UK alone has 37 procedures, as outlined on page 57, that range from AEO [Authorised Economic Operators], CSI [Container Security Initiatives], and MATRA [Multi-Agency Threat and Risk Assessment] all the way to dangerous goods declarations, pre-ship notifications, and commercial insurance.) Some of these are compliant with the new WCO SAFE Framework, some are not. Either way you need to be aware of them, what impact they have, and how they can benefit you.

To really dive into the issues, and recommendations, download your FREE copy of the OSCE Handbook of Best Practices at Border Crossings — A Trade and Transport Facilitation Perspective today!