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Customs joins world to celebrate International Customs Day


The Customs and Excise Department will join its counterparts around the world in celebrating International Customs Day on January 26, 2012, under the theme “Borders Divide, Customs Connects”.{{more}}

This year the World Customs Organisation (WCO) will celebrate its 60th anniversary, and 2012 will be dedicated to promoting connectivity, including enhanced cooperation and communication. International Customs Day is the anniversary, of the first meeting of the WCO and is an event that recognises the efforts of Customs workers throughout the world. Since the first meeting, there has been world wide growth in membership, which now totals 177 Customs administrations.

This celebration is particularly significant for us here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as it is an occasion to acknowledge those agencies that work together with customs to enhance trade and connectivity. It also serves to heighten awareness of the Reform and Modernisation thrust that continues to take place in the Customs and Excise Department.

The Department will be commemorating this special time with a week of activities from January 22 to 28. Customs Officials will commence the week with a church service at the Wesleyan Holiness Church at Campden Park. There will be visits to several schools, and a customer appreciation day hosted at the Department. The week will culminate with a social activity for staff.

A release from the Customs Department said they are “determined to strengthen the partnership with our stakeholders, improve our image and our customer service, while continuing with the modernisation drive that has already made significant improvements in the Customs environment. In keeping with this year’s theme, plans are advanced for the launching of our website and the full implementation of ASYCUDA WORLD. It is also anticipated that this year we will move into a new administrative building. We are also more optimistic that the compliance levels would improve this year.”

“As we celebrate International Customs Day, we take this opportunity to thank all our clients, stake holders and staff for their understanding, support and collaboration, and we solicit your partnership in the future as we work together to improve cooperation compliance and communication.”