Operational reports

​The following operational reports relate to a wide range of topics, including: baggage examinations and passenger experience.

Time Release Studies

We have undertaken annual Time Release Studies since 2007. Time Release Studies is a method endorsed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) for assessing a country’s trade facilitation performance. It does so by measuring the average time from arrival of goods at the border until permission is given for the goods to enter home consumption.

The results of the Time Release Studies highlight the success of our risk-based cargo intervention policy, and indicate that our processes are not a significant impediment to import trade. The annual Time Release Studies:

  • provides the border agencies with a holistic view of the cargo operating environment
  • enables the measurement of year-on-year improvements on clearance times
  • enables the identification of other improvement opportunities to further streamline border clearance processes and facilitate trade
  • provides industry with a measure of border agency performance.

The Time Release Studies are available to download:

Operational Sovereign Borders operational updates​

Operational Sovereign Border updates are available in our Newsroom. These updates include how we are combatting people smuggling and protecting our borders.