Pan-European Network of Customs Practitioners (PEN-CP), is a 5-year EU Horizon 2020 funded security practitioner network -project, with 13 European customs administrations – both EU and non-EU – as active partners. In short, PEN-CP can be described as ‘a Novel Customs Innovation Boosting Network and On-line Platform, offering Valuable Innovation Intermediary Services’.

PEN-CP’s endeavour is to establish a customs practitioner network which facilitates translating customs security research and innovation ideas and requirements into scalable, viable solutions, technologies, and process improvements that would help European customs administrations to overcome the challenges of the contemporary customs and border management security. The project started in September 2018 and will finish in January 2024. 

Specifically, PEN-CP has the following four main objectives:

  • Derive and articulate common needs for customs security research, innovation and standardization.

  • Accelerate and coordinate efficient uptake of customs security innovations and related investments.

  • Build substantial synergies and interoperability with existing European, global and national networks of security practitioners.

  • Ensure long-term sustainability and success of the PEN-CP customs practitioner network

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