On the occasion of the 26th January – the International Customs Day, this year celebrated under the slogan “SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport” encouraging WCO Members to look at how they can best ensure the swift and smooth cross-border movement of goods, people and means of transport.

To that end, today (28.1.2019) sixteen customs officers and five companies were awarded Certificates of Merit from the WCO Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya. 

The sixteen customs officers were awarded with Certificates of Merit for their utmost dedication and engagement ensuring quality, efficient and professional work, faster and quality implementation of customs procedures. (List of Customs Officers awarded with Certificates of Merit). For successful cooperation and joint contribution towards the facilitation and acceleration of trade, transport and movements across borders five companies were awarded with Certificates of Merit. (List of companies awarded with Certificates of Merit)

In his message to the WCO Members, on the occasion of 26th January – the International Customs Day WCO Secretary General stressed that it is quintessential for Customs to take the lead in consolidating and further amplifying the ongoing efforts to ease the flow of goods and people across borders, thus turning globalization into a positive force. To that end, the WCO is committed to promoting the transformation of frontiers into “SMART borders,” with Customs acting as the central connecting and coordinating hub. 

He also noted that Technology” should be the main driver of the Customs agenda so that WCO Members are better equipped to respond to the new challenges and opportunities of the digital age. Customs should relentlessly pursue further studies and carry out further proof of concept exercises to explore the use of emerging technologies in order to stay in the lead. 


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