International Customs Day

January 26 is International Customs Day sponsored by the World Customs Organization and commemorating its establishment in 1952.

The WCO not only plays a vital role in stimulating the growth of legitimate international trade, it is also one of the first lines of defense in combating fraudulent activities. By promoting an honest, transparent and predictable Customs environment, the WCO directly contributes to global well-being.

In an international environment characterized by instability and the ever-present threat of terrorist activity, the WCO’s mission to enhance the protection of society and the national territory, and to secure and facilitate international trade, takes on its full meaning.

Summarized from the World Customs Organization website.

The 2019 Theme is “SMART Borders for seamless Trade, Travel, and Transport.”

WCO also sponsors an annual photo contest for members to showcase their history and accomplishments. This is the 2018 winner from Jamaica.

Click here to see all entries. (You’ll be glad you did.)

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