13th Annual PICARD Conference

Malatya, Turkey

9-11 October 2018

The World Customs Organization and the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Customs and Trade are pleased to announce that the 13th annual WCO PICARD Conference will take place in Malatya, Turkey, from 9 to 11 October 2018.

Additional donor support is being provided by the Korea Customs Service.

The Conference

The WCO PICARD Conference provides a platform for academics and policymakers from around the world to present their research, interact, and discuss vital policy issues that impact Customs and international trade.

2018: The Thirteenth Edition

Now firmly established in the Customs academic calendar, this pivotal Conference was first unveiled in Brussels in 2006 and in 2008, before assuming a more international dimension and welcoming participants to the following cities:

2008 - Shanghai, People's Republic of China
2009 - San José, Costa Rica
2010 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2011 - Geneva, Switzerland
2012 - Marrakesh, Morocco 
2013 - Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation 
2014 - Puebla, Mexico
2015 - Baku, Azerbaijan
2016 - Manila, the Philippines
2017 - Hammamet, Tunisia

Building on the success of previous Conferences, the 2018 edition of the WCO PICARD Conference will focus on high-level exchanges on international trade, Customs professionalism and topics integral to the Customs function.

Call for Papers

The PICARD Conference Call for Papers was issued in February 2018 and welcomes submissions on any topic directly or indirectly related to Customs or international trade, such as: Securing the business environment; Data Analysis; Trade Facilitation; Cross-border e-Commerce; Connectivity in Customs and Customs and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The deadline for paper submissions is 22 June. Selected authors will be notified by 13 July. The Conference Agenda will be updated accordingly.


Simultaneous interpretation will be available throughout the Conference in English, French and Turkish.

Questions? Comments?

Contact the PICARD Team: picard2018 (at) wcoomd.org