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WCO and ICAO join forces to support the cross-border movement of COVID-19 vaccines

The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Dr. Kunio Mikuriya and the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr. Fang Liu issued on 2 February 2021 a joint statement calling for efforts to ensure safe, secure and efficient transport of COVID-19 vaccines and associated equipment across borders.

“Through digitalization and flexibility of the export, transit and import processes in air cargo operations, including robust risk management mechanisms, our two organizations seek to significantly increase the speed at which vaccines can be delivered to the end user, whilst minimizing the risk of distribution of unsafe and counterfeited medical products”, the two leaders indicated in the joint statement.

The WCO and ICAO Secretariats are collaborating with each other, as well as with the involved stakeholders to develop and execute needed plans intended to facilitate safe, secure, and efficient vaccine delivery.

The joint statement outlines a number of measures to be implemented by Governments with the objective of expediting air cargo transport and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The full text of the statement is available below.

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What is EORI number and what is used for?

  • The EORI number serves as a unique identifier for subsequent communication with the customs authorities of all Member States of the European Union.

How do I get the EORI number?

What documents do I submit at the first export, import?

  • EORI ID number.
  • Verified copy of Business Register listing and VAT registration number.
  • The power of attorney for representation in the customs procedure must be signed by the statutory body according to the extract from the Business Register.

What must be on the invoice?

  • Delivery terms according to INCOTERMS (who pays for the transport and its price to be divided into CZ, EU and third countries)
  • Number and type of packages
  • Gross and net weight
  • Mode of transport and license number of the means of transport, in the case of a piece consignment a license number of a car that arrives at the local customs office
  • Customs office of exit from the EU

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