International Customs Day

 International Customs Day is celebrated on January 26 every year, commemorates the day in 1953 when the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) was held in Brussels, Belgium by the World Customs Organization (WCO).

In 1994 the CCC was renamed as World Customs Organization (WCO) and today custom organizations from 179 countries are WCO members 17 European countries attended this session.

The WCO Secretariat chooses a theme every year that is relevant to the international Customs community. The slogan chosen from WCO for 2018 is “A secure business environment for economic development.” Under this banner, Members of the WCO are encouraged to look at how they can create an environment for businesses that will foster their participation in cross-border trade, and, ultimately, how they can best serve the people and empower entrepreneurs.

By Securing an environment that is safe, enabling, fair and sustainable all wrapped into one in the international custom days. Such an environment will help businesses, small, medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and especially micro to expand the activities to increase the customs value and create incentives for them to participate more in international trade.

To encourage them to innovate and invest in human resources for economic growth. It is important for governments to support specific interventions for businesses to flourish,  to look at the external environment  in which businesses operate its equally important.

From a Customs perspective, I would like to take this opportunity to develop the idea of a “secure” business environment further, especially its key elements: enabling, safe, fair.

The Goals of the International Customs Organization are as follows:

1) International Customs Day is used to celebrate for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Customs Administration Members.

2) It is used to help the Custom Members Administration to make the Custom to develop in a better way.

3) It is used to accomplish the Objectives of the International Level.

4) It is used to improve the Collection of the Revenue, Protection of the Community, National Safety and Collection of the Trade Statistics.

Evidence-based research, recognized internationally, clearly shows that Customs can contribute to making the business environment more “enabling,” or in other words, more stable and predictable by, for example, streamlining procedures, tackling corruption, enhancing integrity, and facilitating the cross-border movement of goods, conveyances and people in general.

Ensuring safety is also critical. Legitimate businesses require a secure supply chain to prosper, but some threats come from within the trade itself, such as the shipment of illicit goods that could endanger peoples’ health, safety and security. Combating cross-border crime, including the illicit funding of international terrorism through trade activities, is our responsibility, and one that Customs takes seriously in its efforts to ensure a “safe” environment.

 

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