Deterritorialization of Controls and Smart Borders

4 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2021

Date Written: April 22, 2021


SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport was the slogan chosen by the World Customs Organisation to celebrate the World Customs Day in 2019. This concept, which refers to the massive use of information technology for the purpose of deterritorialization of controls, has been the subject of numerous discussions in various academic venues, conferences and seminars held over the last two years. This article attempts to summarise the evolution of the concept with the most recent trends that are reshaping the commercial landscape and business processes of Customs and other border authorities.

Keywords: deterritorialisation, smart borders, data analytics, Customs

Suggested Citation

Desiderio, Danilo, Deterritorialization of Controls and Smart Borders (April 22, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

Danilo Desiderio (Contact Author)

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