The International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) is an international not‑for‑profit organisation established to:
- promote the academic standing of the Customs profession;
- promote academic excellence in Customs matters;
- support research in Customs matters;
- generate greater public awareness of the Customs profession;
- promote the collective interests of its Members;
- provide the World Customs Organization and other organisations with a single point of contact with universities and research institutes that are active in the field of customs research, education and training;
- organise academic conferences; and
- provide a global resource for governments and the private sector, and an educational source for students wishing to further their knowledge in the field of customs, international trade, and logistics.
The INCU provides a mechanism for progressively establishing a knowledge base on various important aspects of Customs and allow a free exchange of ideas and best practice that will not only assist countries undertaking reform processes, but will also serve to build closer links between government, academia and the private sector.
In addition, the greater visibility of customs and international trade that can be achieved by such a network is likely to attract more talented people to the industry and assist the sustainability of best practice in customs law and administration and international trade.
The INCU works in close cooperation with the WCO Capacity Building Directorate. The PICARD Programme is one of the main areas of collaboration between INCU and WCO.
The INCU website provides a comprehensive database of individuals, universities and other institutions involved in Customs research, education, training, and capacity building activities. The website is also a mechanism for communicating information about current activities, new developments, upcoming events, and other items of interest.
The INCU is managed by the INCU Management Committee, which comprises representatives of INCU membership. The Management Committee controls and manages the affairs of the INCU and day-to-day activities.
Administrative support to the Management Committee is provided by the INCU Secretariat, located in Canberra, Australia. Among other things, the Secretariat is responsible for coordinating the activities of INCU members and affiliates, and, where appropriate, providing advice to the WCO and other international organisations.
INCU Advisory Board
In order to ensure its relevance in terms of both academic standards and customs professional requirements, and to improve its effectiveness and capacity to engage in the delivery of its services, the INCU has established the Advisory Board which provides strategic advice and support to the Management Committee.
The INCU Advisory Board comprises prominent and experienced persons in the field of customs drawn from across the customs sectors including academia, government and industry.
The INCU is governed by the INCU Constitution; in combination with the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 and the Associations Incorporation Regulation 1991.
The INCU membership arrangements provide for:
A Membership base comprised of both Individuals and Academic Institutions involved in customs-related matters;
An Affiliate base comprised of Academic Institutions and Non-academic Institutions; and
An elected Management Committee of a maximum of seven committee members comprising of Individual Members and representatives of Institutional Members.
These governance arrangements have been put in place to:
ensure that the INCU is a transparent, democratic organisation that truly represents the views of its members;
provide for an expanded policy and management input from across the INCU membership; and
provide an opportunity for all Members to participate in its management and decision-making processes.
For further information about INCU membership categories and benefits please click here.