Toolkit for Coordinated Border Management during Natural Disasters and Emergencies

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Mar 2023
The provision of capacities and the development of tools is important for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to be a more resilient region in the face of emergencies and disasters that impact the population's socioeconomic well-being. Emergencies caused by natural events that lead to disasters and health crises have highlighted the need for countries to have contingency planes that allow them to act quickly and appropriately to reduce the impact of these events. For this reason, the IDB's Trade and Investment Division of the Integration and Trade Sector, through the Regional Public Goods initiative, has been accompanying the region to prepare this Toolkit. This document will provide customs administrations and border control entities with the necessary tools to facilitate the entry and exit of critical goods during emergency situations according to best international practices in the matter. The development of this Toolkit would not have been possible without the cooperation of the customs authorities in the region, as well as the support of the World Customs Organization and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.