The last 15-20 years Customs administrations all around the world have changed their control strategies from traditional controls to risk management.
Approximately 10-15 years ago we also started to think about the fact that if we can manage the risks better identifying high risks and doing more efficient controls through risk based profiling and targetting to detect our control objects, then what should we do about detected low risks. Compliance Management was born.
This meant that we moved away from looking at procedure and transaction for low risk operators and concentrate about the operator. The idea being that an operator meeting certain pre-determinded criteria and requirements, can voluntary apply for a specific low risk status. The company must show that the compliance level is acceptable and Customs validates this trough a set of measures. The compliance levels are then monitored and improved through an active partnership with the aim to minimize risks. The low risk company gets in return a different control programme – thus a different treatment – and a set of benefits related to speed, predictability, service and cost.
This means that the important questions in relation to a company is not anymore what type of goods are you importing or exporting or what customs procedures do you use, but instead: who are you?
This is what we call, identity management. It is more importnst ehat your company identity is and how we identify you, than what you are doing with your transactions on a daily basis.
Identity management is a growing megatrend that we saw all around us in different sectors the society.
In the future we will develop new levels of versions in relation to identity and compliance management. We have just seen the start of this process.