The WCO has reported that on 16 July 2016, at the 127th/128th Sessions of the Customs Co-operation Council (the official name of the WCO), the Secretary General of the WCO Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, in his capacity as the depository of the Convention, took receipt of the instruments of accession of Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (Revised Kyoto Convention).

Having entered into force on 3 February 2006, the Revised Kyoto Convention is a WCO legal instrument acceded by several countries as way to further promote legitimate trade and effective controls. It is regarded by the entire international Customs Community as a key blueprint for modern Customs in 21st Century, which complements countries’ efforts for ratification of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation.