This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on 26 November 2009 and is in force in Tokelau, is made under the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968. It relates to the Customs Co-operation Council (the Council) which, to reflect more clearly its transition to a truly global intergovernmental institution, in 1994 adopted the working name the World Customs Organization. The order—
declares the Council to be an organisation of which the Governments of 2 or more States are members:
provides that the Council has the legal capacities of a body corporate:
confers certain privileges and immunities on the Council, on representatives of its members, on its high officers and other officials, and on experts employed on missions on its behalf.
The order updates and replaces a 1963 order relating to the Council. That order was made under the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act 1957, but continued in force by virtue of section 20(d) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1924 and section 20(1) of the Interpretation Act 1999. The main substantive changes in this order arise from amendments adopted in 2007 to the 1950 Convention establishing the Council. Those amendments enable the Council's members to include customs or economic unions, for example, the European Communities (sometimes called the EC).
Date of notification in Gazette: 29 October 2009.
This order is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.