WCO PICARD Conference 2008

“Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development”

The third annual PICARD Conference was held from 14 to 16 May 2008 in Shanghai, China and was hosted by Shanghai Customs College.

Conference Summary

The 2008 Conference on Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development (PICARD) was attended by over 100 delegates representing WCO Members, universities, donors, the private sector and other interested parties.

The 2008 PICARD Conference focused on:

  • the pilot projects based on the PICARD professional standards developed by the WCO together with the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU);
  • recent academic research and existing educational programs and future research capabilities related to Customs;
  • research needs and areas identified by the customs administrations to assist them to achieve their strategic objectives;
  • increasing the knowledge and interest of the donor organisations about the academic research projects related to Customs.

The Conference was chaired by Prof. David Widdowson, President of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) who welcomed delegates to the Conference, re-iterated the objectives and encouraged the group to participate fully in the debate.

In his opening speech, Mr. Lu Peijun, Deputy Director of the Board and Vice Minister of the General Administration of Customs of China(GACC), stated that since 21st century, the economic globalisation, unification and modernisation has put forward new requirements for customs administrations.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Antoine Manga, Director for Tariff and Trade Affairs of the WCO, extended best wishes from Mr. Michel Danet, Secretary General and from Mr. Lars Karlsson, Director for the Capacity Building Directorate. He also outlined the goals and the achievements of the WCO PICARD Programme.

Mr. Mikhail Kashubsky, Head of Secretariat, International Network of Customs Universities (INCU), made an overview of the research, educational and training activities that are available from INCU members. He pointed out that there are more postgraduate customs programs/courses available than undergraduate courses, but overall not so many customs-specific study programs. There is also a wide range of vocational training programs available and a desire to develop more/new customs-specific programs.

The Chair, Prof. David Widdowson, encouraged other INCU universities to provide answers to the questionnaire still available at the INCU website in order to give the WCO and others a full overview on the customs programs currently available.

Prof. Widdowson also gave a broad overview about the research areas that currently being undertaken and pursued by universities and academic institutions around the world and advised that the full details will be included in the report that will be provided by the INCU to the WCO and posted on the INCU website.

The third annual conference provided excellent networking opportunities and delegates expressed high satisfaction with the outcomes which included suggestions on how to stimulate more academic research into Customs matters and many potential research topics.

Conference Documents

  • Conference Report:      English

Conference Presentations

The following presentations were delivered at the conference:




Capacity Building in China Customs Bai Xueyan EN
Presentation on PICARD developments Alan Hall EN
Presentation on Global Customs Capacity Building – The WCO Strategy Alan Hall EN
Summary of the INCU questionnaire Mikhail Kashubsky EN
Implementation in Universidad de Costa Rica Jhon Fonseca EN
The Place and Role of Implementing WCO Professional Standards into Curriculum of the Ukrainian Academy of Customs Olena Pavlenko EN
Customs Independent PICARD Centre for Customs and Excise Studies University of Canberra Stephen Holloway EN
Customs Education at Riga Technical University Aivars Krastins EN
The Master Programme in Customs at the University of Munster Frank Altemoeller EN
China Customs Higher Education and PICARD Standards Yu Shen EN
Presentation on WCO Recognition of University Customs Curricula David Widdowson EN
China to EU secure and efficient trade lane research project and Cross-Border Research Association (CBRA) Juha Hintsa EN
The Theoretical Framework of Customs Risk Management and Control Strategy under the Condition of Non-Traditional Security Zhong Ning EN
The Application of Artificial Neural Network in the Classification of Common Woven Fabrics Hongbin Jin EN
Study from the University of Le Havre on Global logistic Chain Security: Economic Impacts of the US 100 % Container Scanning law Le Havre EN
Outcomes of Single Window Workshop Stephen Holloway EN
Outcomes of Strategic Performance Measures Jhon Fonseca EN