WCO Data Model - Global standards for seamless cross-border transactions

Latest World Customs Organisation data model version 3.11 now available for GEFEG.FX

The World Customs Organisation has published the latest version of its data model at the end of 2021. GEFEG.FX users can now obtain the latest version 3.11 of the WCO data model via an update of the GEFEG distribution.

What is new in version 3.11?

Data requirements due to new or amended legislation submitted as amendments by customs authorities and WCO data model implementers have been added and/or amended.

In this release there are 5 new Compositions, 5 new Attributes, 8 new Classes and 3 new Codelists approved and maintained by the WCO Data Model Projects Team and provided by the GEFEG Implementation Support Team in GEFEG.FX. Learn more about the details in our webinar.

The involvement of customs authorities worldwide supports an important goal of the WCO data model

Data requirements of national and regional legislations or implementation guidelines are taken into account and incorporated into the latest WCO data model, which in turn takes into account feedback and input from customs authorities around the world. This version is backwards compatible with previous versions as it does not include or remove any new information packages or business processes. Extensive changes are expected in the next major version of the WCO data model, which is currently scheduled for release in mid-2023.

Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of customs authorities around the world

It is an important goal of the WCO to provide and further develop its global standard to enable seamless cross-border transactions for all customs administrations worldwide.

How do you benefit from using the WCO data model as a basis for the information exchange of cross-border regulatory processes in a global supply chain?

  • The WCO data model opens the possibility to achieve interoperability and cooperation in Single Window and other implementations by customs authorities.

  • Simplified and harmonised data flow and integration of business data for customs procedures

  • The “Base Information Packages” are central components of the WCO data model. These information packages compile information for typical customs processes and procedures in single window implementations or at the virtual border. This is information that has to be submitted by the trading parties and processed by the customs authorities. These include, for example, declarations of goods movements, licences, permits, certificates or other types of documents for cross-border trade.

Output of the WCO data model in a structured and reusable format in GEFEG.FX

In cooperation with the World Customs Organization, GEFEG has been providing the WCO data model with the GEFEG.FX software since the beginning of 2010. This opens up new opportunities for customs authorities, governmental organisations, traders and others involved in cross-border regulatory processes for joint development work and user-specific use of the WCO data model. For users, GEFEG.FX simplifies and streamlines the reuse of the WCO data model, whether for national customs implementations or for use by government partner agencies. A ready-to-use XML schema export also contributes to this goal.

Easy and effective use of the WCO data model

Many users of the WCO data model packages in GEFEG.FX are impressed by the simple and efficient methods of reusing the WCO data model to plan and implement their country and/or region-specific customs data requirements based on legislation. With each new release, it is important for users to determine whether their existing implementations need to be modified to incorporate the latest WCO definitions of objects and customs procedures to ensure consistency with the data model. If a migration to the latest version of the WCO data model is required, this can easily be carried out in GEFEG.FX.

Join the WCO Data Model 3.11 Webinar

GEFEG invites all interested users of the WCO data model and all other interested parties to join our webinar on the new features and changes in the latest version 3.11 of the WCO data model with GEFEG.FX. The webinar will also address the potential impact of the new version and its implementations by business and technical implementers. In addition, GEFEG will present the “how-to” documents that are updated and delivered with each new version to help all users to perform all typical steps when implementing the new version of the WCO data model. During the 15-minute question and answer session, participants have the opportunity to ask questions, express wishes and make comments.