Member states of the World Customs Organization

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World Customs Organization members and WCO regions:
  North Africa, Near and Middle East
  West and Central Africa
  East and Southern Africa
  South America, North America, Central America and Caribbean
  Europe
  Far East, South and South-East Asia, Australasia and Pacific islands

As of March 2013, the World Customs Organization has a total of 179 members.[1] The European Communities (now: European Union) joined "on an interim basis akin to those enjoyed by WCO Members".[2]

Members list[edit]

The 175 sovereign states, 4 customs territories and one customs union are divided into the following regional groups:[3]

East and Southern Africa[4]
Europe[5]
Far East, South and South East Asia, Australasia and the Pacific Islands[14]
North of Africa, Near and Middle East[16]
South America, North America, Central America and the Caribbean[17]
West and Central Africa[18]

Non-Members[edit]

The following United Nations member states are not members of the WCO: Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica, Suriname, Equatorial Guinea, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, North Korea, Palau, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and Nauru. Non-member states also include Vatican City, Cook Islands, Niue, Palestine, and the other states with limited recognition.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Republic of Guinea-Bissau on September 14, 2010 became the 177th member of the WCO. http://www.wcoomd.org/press/default.aspx?lid=1&id=228
  2. ^ a b The European Communities (for matters falling within its competency) since 1 July 2007 has status akin to WCO membership on an interim basis. Full accession will be possible once an amendment to the WCO Convention, allowing supranational customs unions to join, is ratified.[12][13]
  3. ^ WCO Regional Websites
  4. ^ East and Southern Africa group
  5. ^ Europe group
  6. ^ a b c Located entirely in Western Asia, but having strong sociopolitical connections with Europe.
  7. ^ a b c d Located entirely in Central Asia, but having strong sociopolitical connections with Europe.
  8. ^ Membership under the provisional appellation the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. See Macedonia naming dispute.
  9. ^ a b Parties to the Convention Establishing a Customs Co-operation Council
  10. ^ a b The WCO convention applies to Curaçao and Sint Maarten, but doesn't apply to Aruba.[9] Following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao retained its position in the WCO regional group and Sint Maarten isn't listed yet.[17]
  11. ^ The convention was ratified for European Netherlands and the Caribbean Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten (but not Aruba).[9] Only the European parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands falls geographically in this group, while the other parts are geographically in the Caribbean regional group.[10]
  12. ^ EU Taxation and Customs union - WCO
  13. ^ Amendment of the Convention establishing a Customs Co-operation Council
  14. ^ Far East, South and South East Asia, Australasia and the Pacific Islands group
  15. ^ The Republic of Vanuatu on November 18, 2009 became the 176th member of the WCO. http://www.wcoomd.org/press/?v=1&lid=1&cid=6&id=196
  16. ^ North of Africa, Near and Middle East group
  17. ^ a b South America, North America, Central America and the Caribbean group
  18. ^ West and Central Africa group
  19. ^ São Tomé and Príncipe on September 24, 2009 became the 175th member of the WCO http://www.wcoomd.org/press/default.aspx?lid=1&id=192

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