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In the presence of representatives from the business community, customs managers and port authorities, global economic operators, and the academic world, the World Customs Organization (WCO) is hosting a conference on the future of US legislation requiring the 100% scanning of maritime cargo containers prior to loading. The forum, held at WCO headquarters in Brussels (Belgium) from 10 to 11 June 2008 will gather knowledge on cargo scanning issues presenting all concerned stakeholders in the international arena with a new scenario that could change the face of the scanning business.

The US legislation entitled “Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007” has triggered a worldwide reflection on potential fallouts and opportunities for those involved in the implementation of scanning systems, the development of security and trade facilitation tools and programmes like the SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade; the revised Kyoto Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs procedures; and the Columbus Capacity Building Program.

The Conference agenda offers a platform for detailed analysis of in-depth studies conducted by Le Havre University in France, as well as a welcome occasion to voice questions on how to go about responding satisfactorily to such demand for 100% scanning.

SGS Governments and Institutions Services (GIS) is pleased to co-sponsor such conference with representatives from the inspection business as well as technology suppliers such as Nuctech and Smiths, and join in the discussions with all key actors in non-intrusive modern inspection, risk management techniques and trade facilitation at large. SGS’s unique trade information knowledge, its solid operation experience with both Gamma & X ray energies, its know-how of image analysis and radiation safety techniques constitute invaluable assets and place us as a foreground player.

Other participants include tax specialist, commercial negotiators, legal advisors, consultants, supply chain managers, researchers and representatives of relevant international organizations.

About SGS

SGS is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With over 50,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS is present in over 140 countries.