Past projects

  • Study on Improving the Border Agency Cooperation among the OIC Member States for Facilitating Trade

  • SIECA - La Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana - visit in Europe June 2016

    • Duration: Mar – Jun 2015 (1 week visit, 4 months total with preparations and reports)
    • Mandate by: SIECA – The Technical and Administrative Body of the Central American Economic Integration Process
    • Outcome(s): 12 high level politicians, including one Minister and multiple Vice Ministers of Trade and as well as Customs directors from the six Central American countries, and the Secretary General of SIECA had multiple meetings in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland at key ministries and main air, sea, land and river border crossing points.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the main organizer and a co-host for the SIECA delegation visiting three European countries during a one week trip – hosts included Dutch Customs, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Customs Organization, Swiss Customs, Swiss Ministry of Economic Affairs, World Economic Forum etc.
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: Na
  • Improving chemical supply chain security and public-private cooperation in Egypt and in Iraq -project

    • Duration: Jan 2015 – Dec 2015 (1 year total time span)
    • Mandate by: US State Department, Chemical Security Program & CRDF Global, US
    • Outcome(s): Educational case studies on chemical supply chain security implementations, including a Dow Chemical case study.
    • CBRA’s role: Three day workshops held / facilitated by Dr. Hintsa for government agencies, including Customs and industries, in Hurghada and in Istanbul.
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: Na
  • Feasibility study on revenue and tax collection benchmarking database for Customs administrations globally

    • Duration: Dec 2014 – Aug 2015 (9 months)
    • Mandate by: Swiss Customs Administration
    • Outcome(s): Survey study laying out the potential benefits of a (future) global benchmarking database on indirect tax types and collection costs, among the WCO membership.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the project leader.
    • Link to publications: The main publication
    • Project URL: Na
  • Study: Current and Future Security Screening Technologies for the Air Express Cargo Industry

    • Duration: Oct 2014 – May 2015 (8 months)
    • Mandate by: European Express Association, Belgium; Industry association with DHL, TNT, Fedex and UPS
    • Outcome(s): The findings of this study are compiled in an express cargo security screening technology roadmap.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was a project analyst
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: Na
  • CWIT – Countering WEEE Illegal Trade -project

    • Duration: Sep 2013 – Aug 2015 (2 years)
    • Mandate by: Framework Program 7 of the European Union; project partnership with INTERPOL, UNICRI, UNU etc.
    • Outcome(s): A set of recommendations and a tangible roadmap for all key public and private sector stakeholders in electronic waste (reverse) supply chain, with the goal to minimize the number and implications of criminal and civil violations in the WEEE chain.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA focused on crime analysis and interaction with the global Customs community, throughout the project, being also responsible for the production of the final recommendation and roadmap.
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: www.cwitproject.eu

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  • Study: The import VAT and duty de-minimis in the European Union – Where should they be and what will be the impact?

    • Duration: March 2013 – Oct 2014 (20 months)
    • Mandate by: European Express Association, Belgium
    • Outcome(s): An economic model based on 10 million+ EU import records from the four main express carriers, pointing to the optimum of VAT de-minimis threshold in the EU, when considering the total cost of tax collection between customs, tax, importer, freight forwarder / transport carrier.
    • CBRA’s role: Project led by CBRA.
    • Link to publications: The main publication
    • Project URL: Na

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  • SAFEPOST - Reuse and development of Security Knowledge assets for International Postal supply chains -project

    • Duration: Apr 2012 – July 2016 (52 months)
    • Mandate by: Framework Program 7 of the European Union, project partnership with multiple European postal operators etc.
    • Outcome(s): Demonstration results with common postal security space; d-tube drug screening station; explosive detection system; Image recognition system; radiological screening; security standard and certificate.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was a project analyst
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: www.safepostproject.eu

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  • Thailand Europe Cooperation TEC-II, PDSC. Implementation of international standards on supply chain security leading to a secure trade environment and to increased trade facilitation - Development of AEO and MRA guidelines -project

    • Duration: 2012 -– Jan - Dec 2013 (1 year)
    • Mandate by: EU External Action Service & DMI Associates, France
    • Outcome(s): Report with tangible recommendations on (i) how to best improve the popularity of the AEO program in Thailand, and (ii) how to prepare for an effective MRA process between Thailand and the EU.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the study leader
    • Link to publications: The main publication
    • Project URL: Na

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  • Trade Facilitation Master Plan Development for Abu Dhabi Customs and Transport Administrations -project - Abu Dhabi Logistics Action Plan (ADLAP), Trade Facilitation Working Group (TF WG)

    • Duration: 2012-13 (2 years total time span)
    • Mandate by: Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, and Abu Dhabi Customs Administration
    • Outcome(s): Report with tangible recommendations on how to reach the next level of trade facilitation in Abu Dhabi; following the UENC TFIG methodology.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA facilitated multiple public-private workshops in Abu Dhabi, and wrote the trade facilitation master plan.
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: Na

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  • CASSANDRA - Common Assessment and Analysis of Risk in Global Supply Chains -project

    • Duration: 2011 – 2014 (3 years)
    • Mandate by: Framework Program 7 of the European Union
    • Outcome(s): Improving supply chain visibility and business execution as well as the efficiency and effectiveness for government supervision - facilitated by data sharing and a new approach towards risk assessment; enabling and facilitating the combination of existing information sources in supply chains into a new data sharing - “information pipeline”) - concept which improves visibility and risk assessment by both business and governmental actors.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the work package leader for the CASSANDRA Compendium which covers supply chain, logistics, risk and security management disciplines; and also contributed to the policy analysis and development, and risk assessment methodologies within the project.
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: www.cassandra-project.eu

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  • FOCUS - Foresight Security Scenarios – Mapping Research to a Comprehensive Approach to Exogenous EU Roles -project

    • Duration: Apr 2011 – Mar 2013 (2 years)
    • Mandate by: Framework Program 7 of the European Union
    • Outcome(s): FOCUS identified and assessed alternative sets of future tracks for security research in FP7 and subsequent programs that will support the EU to adopt new roles in dealing with external threats, risks, and vulnerabilities, the main contribution being the development of an effective long-term prediction and assessment tool at EU level, populated with analyses done in the project (the time frame of scenario foresight in the FOCUS project was 2035).
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was leading the efforts in critical infrastructure, critical raw material and other critical supply chain aspects of the project
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: www.focusproject.eu

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  • LOGSEC - Development of a strategic roadmap towards a large scale demonstration project in European logistics and supply chain security -project

    • Duration: Apr 2010 – Mar 2011 (1 year)
    • Mandate by: Framework Program 7 of the European Union
    • Outcome(s): A tangible roadmap for a large scale demonstration of new supply chain security approaches and technologies in Europe; FP7-project CORE becoming the primary follow-up project for LOGSEC.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the technical manager for the project.
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: Na

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  • Customs risk management (CRiM) study

    • Duration: 2008 – Feb 2011 (around 2.5 years)
    • Mandate by: World Customs Organization and Swiss National Science Foundation project nr. 120721
    • Outcome(s): (i) CRiM as a management system should consist of a balanced combination of policies and strategies; processes and procedures; human resources; tools and techniques; and data and intelligence. (ii) Customs operating in less developed economies perceive the benefit potential as lower and obstacles as higher than their counterparts in the wealthier nations.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the project leader
    • Link to publications: The main publication
    • Project URL: p3.snf.ch

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  • e-Customs study - Private sector views on potential benefits of further electronic customs developments in Switzerland

    • Duration: 2009 – Dec 2010 (around 1 year)
    • Mandate by: SECO, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
    • Outcome(s): Interactive and user friendly e-Customs services which facilitate the preparation customs declarations can help to reduce costs in cross-border supply chains; design and implementation of e-Customs services need to be driven by tangible benefits for the private sector, including facilitating export procedures and enabling a seamless flow of data between the parties involved; and so forth.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the project leader.
    • Link to publications: The main publication
    • Project URL: Na
  • INTEGRITY – Intermodal Global Door-to-Door Container Supply Chain Visibility

    • Duration: Jun 2008 – Nov 2011 (42 months)
    • Mandate by: Framework Program 7 of the European Union
    • Outcome(s): A piloted methodology and an IT system serving both issues satisfying industry and authorities at the same time by creating supply chain visibility, thus optimizing the reliability and predictability of global door-to-door container transports.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was a project analyst, and the lead for project risk management.
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: www.integrity-supplychain.eu

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  • Supply chain security standardization in Europe

    • Duration: 2008 – 2012 (around 5 years total time span)
    • Mandate by: European Committee for Standardization, CEN
    • Outcome(s): (i) supply chain security standards feasibility study; and (ii) good practices guidebook on supply chain security for small and medium sized enterprises.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the leader for the standardization related research and for the educational material development.
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: Na
  • Supply Chain Security Guidebook

    • Duration: 2008 – 2009 (around 1 year)
    • Mandate by: World Bank
    • Outcome(s): The guidebook focuses on: What is supply chain security? Is it important to know about it? Who are the principal players / initiators? What are ports and logistic operators required to know or do so as to be ready when the SCS initiative compliance becomes globally compulsory? What is likely to happen in the field of SCS in the coming period of time? What is the expected end vision?
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was a project analyst.
    • Link to publications: The main publication
    • Project URL: Na

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  • Three international supply chain security and trade facilitation conferences – SCSM2006, SCSM2008 and PICARD2011 – all in Switzerland

    • Duration: 2006 – 2011 (around 5 years total time span)
    • Mandate by: Economiesuisse, Swiss Shippers Council and World Customs Organization PICARD Program
    • Outcome(s): Three successful conferences with the total participation of near 300 people (European and global), from government, industry and academia.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the main organizer of all the three conferences.
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: Na
  • The 21st century supply chain model study

    • Duration: Sep – Dec 2006 (4 months)
    • Mandate by: World Customs Organization
    • Outcome(s): The study sheds light on what kind of changes customs could expect taking place in international supply chain systems during the next 10-20 years, and why these changes may be of importance for customs’ strategic planning, including human resource and technology planning.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the project leader.
    • Link to publications: The main publication
    • Project URL: Na

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  • Preparing for the Authorized Economic Operator certifications in the European Union -project

    • Duration: 2005-2008 (around 3 years total time span)
    • Mandate by: Philip Morris International, Switzerland & Hennes and Mauritz, Sweden
    • Outcome(s): Full analysis on the readiness of the two multinational companies to apply for the EU AEO certification, in multiple European countries.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the project leader.
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: Na

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  • Efficient Security Measures and Operations for Global Supply Chain Management with Continuous Improvement through Constructive Interplay between Business Parties and Governmental Authorities

    • Duration: May 2005-July 2008 (26 months)
    • Mandate by: Swiss National Science Foundation project nr. 108354
    • Outcome(s): The most important results of this SNF-project were the following three: (i) a methodology for assessing and/or establishing a supply chain security management system for international manufacturing, trading and distribution companies; (ii) a benefit/cost model for a voluntary supply chain security management program, with the BASC-program (over ten years of history), including findings on security measure efficiencies; and (iii) a reference model on twenty-five most common security measures in ten supply chain security programs (this is already referenced by other authors).
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the project leader.
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: p3.snf.ch
  • Voluntary Supply Chain Security Program Impacts: an Empirical Study with BASC Member Companies

    • Duration: 2005-2006 (around 2 years total time span)
    • Mandate by: BASC, Business Alliance for Secure Commerce, Latin America
    • Outcome(s): The study presents the results of the survey carried out with 102 BASC member companies, (i) the most commonly implemented security measures; (ii) the most (and least) efficient security measures; (iii) the relationship between the cost and effectiveness of the measures; and (iv) the benefits obtained while implementing these security measures.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the project leader.
    • Link to publications: The main publication
    • Project URL: Na

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  • Future Roles of Customs Brokers

    • Duration: 2005-2006 (around 2 years total time span)
    • Mandate by: International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations, IFCBA
    • Outcome(s): The objective of this study was to document the Customs brokers’ actual role in the international supply chain and to anticipate the new service opportunities emerging in the future. As the main result of the study, Product classification, Export and import trade compliance, and Compliance audit were identified as the brokers’ key traditional services, which are also expected to keep their importance in the future. Additional services for Arranging international transportation, Trade consulting and International trade automation, appear to have the biggest potential for future business expansion – or even for business survival.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA was the project leader.
    • Link to publications: The main publication
    • Project URL: Na

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