World Customs Organisation’s regional meet takes off in Jaipur

A four-day regional meeting of the World Customs Organisation began here Tuesday with representatives of 33 member countries of Asia attending it.

The meeting is slated to deliberate upon various issues including the steps required for the capacity building and reforms in customs, an official release said.

The meeting deliberated upon various issues including the steps required for the capacity building and reforms in customs.

It also discussed and deliberated upon amended Kyoto protocol, digital customs, e-commerce among other issues.

Summary of various efforts made by the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) for trade facilitation was also tabled in the meeting.

World Customs Organisation (WCO):

  • WCO is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. It was established in 1952 as Customs Co-operation Council (CCC). It is the only international organization with competence in Customs matters and is considered as the voice of the international Customs community.
  • It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
  • It represents 182 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade.
  • It plays a leading role in the discussion, development, promotion, and implementation of modern customs systems and procedures. It offers a range of Conventions and other international instruments, as well as technical assistance and training services to its members. It also actively supports its members in their endeavors to modernize and build capacity within their national Customs administrations.
  • It aims to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of member customs administrations and assist them to contribute successfully to national development goals, particularly revenue collection, national security, trade facilitation, community protection, and collection of trade statistics.
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