International Customs Day 2021


   

The International Customs Day (ICD) on 26 January 2021 will be dedicated to the united efforts of Customs to emerge from the coronavirus crisis and support people and businesses by strengthening the global supply chain, reinforcing collaboration, harnessing technology and putting “people” at the centre of the transformation process, with the slogan “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.

WCO Members will have the opportunity to showcase their efforts and activities in this domain.

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ICD 2021 celebrations around the world

  • ANGOLA : On the occasion of ICD 2021 celebrations, the Angola Revenue Administration awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officials for their key contribution to the annual theme on sustainable supply chain.

    ANGOLA : On the occasion of ICD 2021 celebrations, the Angola Revenue Administration awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officials for their key contribution to the annual theme on sustainable supply chain.

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  • AZERBAIJAN : Azerbaijan’s ICD 2021 celebrations took place virtually this year.

    AZERBAIJAN : Azerbaijan’s ICD 2021 celebrations took place virtually this year.

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  • CHILE : The National Customs Service marked ICD 2021 with a big virtual celebration. Customs officers having excelled in their work during a difficult 2020 were rewarded. As part of its efforts to provide citizens with more and better information, Chile Customs presented its new interactive dashboards with updated data on foreign trade.

    CHILE : The National Customs Service marked ICD 2021 with a big virtual celebration. Customs officers having excelled in their work during a difficult 2020 were rewarded. As part of its efforts to provide citizens with more and better information, Chile Customs presented its new interactive dashboards with updated data on foreign trade.

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  • CHINA : The Vice Minister of China Customs gave a speech, highlighting that China Customs fully shares the vision reflected in the WCO theme for 2021. During the celebration, the Vice Minister awarded 20 Customs officers with the WCO Certificate of Merit for their exceptional service in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

    CHINA : The Vice Minister of China Customs gave a speech, highlighting that China Customs fully shares the vision reflected in the WCO theme for 2021. During the celebration, the Vice Minister awarded 20 Customs officers with the WCO Certificate of Merit for their exceptional service in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • COLOMBIA : In the midst of the difficulties generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, staff in the National Tax and Customs Directorate (DIAN) continue to contribute to the country's competitiveness, thanks to their dependable and conscientious work.

    COLOMBIA : In the midst of the difficulties generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, staff in the National Tax and Customs Directorate (DIAN) continue to contribute to the country's competitiveness, thanks to their dependable and conscientious work.

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  • CÔTE D’IVOIRE : During his address, General Da, Director General of Customs, recalled the measures adopted by the Customs Administration as part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also awarded distinctions to some Customs officials for their commitment during the health crisis.

    CÔTE D’IVOIRE : During his address, General Da, Director General of Customs, recalled the measures adopted by the Customs Administration as part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also awarded distinctions to some Customs officials for their commitment during the health crisis.

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  • DENMARK : Due to COVID-19 restrictions, ICD 2021 was celebrated online with 15 proud Customs officers sharing selfies with their Certificate of Merit, awarded for their contribution to the “Recovery, Renewal and Resilience” theme. A lucky few were presented with their Certificate in person by their managers, though most received it by mail as many Customs officers are currently working from home.

    DENMARK : Due to COVID-19 restrictions, ICD 2021 was celebrated online with 15 proud Customs officers sharing selfies with their Certificate of Merit, awarded for their contribution to the “Recovery, Renewal and Resilience” theme. A lucky few were presented with their Certificate in person by their managers, though most received it by mail as many Customs officers are currently working from home.

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  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC : During a celebration held at Customs Headquarters, fifteen colleagues - together with three public sector institutions and two private companies - were awarded a Certificate of Merit for their contribution to the efficient development of Customs services and the facilitation of international trade during the pandemic.

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC : During a celebration held at Customs Headquarters, fifteen colleagues - together with three public sector institutions and two private companies - were awarded a Certificate of Merit for their contribution to the efficient development of Customs services and the facilitation of international trade during the pandemic.

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  • EGYPT : Customs officials from all over Egypt, from north to south and east to west and of all cultures, religions and races, gathered together to celebrate ICD 2021.

    EGYPT : Customs officials from all over Egypt, from north to south and east to west and of all cultures, religions and races, gathered together to celebrate ICD 2021.

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  • ESTONIA : ICD 2021 was celebrated mostly via Zoom. Some 15 people were able to meet together in a room, enabling a photo to be taken.

    ESTONIA : ICD 2021 was celebrated mostly via Zoom. Some 15 people were able to meet together in a room, enabling a photo to be taken.

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  • ETHIOPIA : The Customs Commission celebrated ICD 2021 with Customs officials and representatives of public and private stakeholders, highlighting the electronic Customs service now in place and informing participants of the WCO’s role in building Customs capacity. Certificates of Merit were then awarded to stakeholders and Customs departments.

    ETHIOPIA : The Customs Commission celebrated ICD 2021 with Customs officials and representatives of public and private stakeholders, highlighting the electronic Customs service now in place and informing participants of the WCO’s role in building Customs capacity. Certificates of Merit were then awarded to stakeholders and Customs departments.

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  • FRANCE : The ICD 2021 celebration was marked by the awarding of WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officials for their commitment to “Recovery, Renewal and Resilience”’ during the COVID-19 health crisis, particularly through their remarkable work in the areas of regulatory monitoring and implementation of controls. The photo above shows 15 recipients who were able to attend the ceremony.

    FRANCE : The ICD 2021 celebration was marked by the awarding of WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officials for their commitment to “Recovery, Renewal and Resilience”’ during the COVID-19 health crisis, particularly through their remarkable work in the areas of regulatory monitoring and implementation of controls. The photo above shows 15 recipients who were able to attend the ceremony.

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  • GERMANY : For the first time, the Certificates of Merit were awarded as part of an online event by Ms. Colette Hercher, President of the Central Customs Authority.

    GERMANY : For the first time, the Certificates of Merit were awarded as part of an online event by Ms. Colette Hercher, President of the Central Customs Authority.

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  • GHANA : The Customs Administration held this year’s celebrations both face-to-face and virtually, with presentations by Customs and by its stakeholders on efforts made to maintain continuous trade flows along the international supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic. The seminar culminated in the awarding of WCO Certificates.

    GHANA : The Customs Administration held this year’s celebrations both face-to-face and virtually, with presentations by Customs and by its stakeholders on efforts made to maintain continuous trade flows along the international supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic. The seminar culminated in the awarding of WCO Certificates.

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  • GUATEMALA : Guatemala Customs (SAT) held ICD 2021 celebrations and some Customs officials were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their contribution to the “Recovery, Renewal, Resilience” theme against the difficult backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    GUATEMALA : Guatemala Customs (SAT) held ICD 2021 celebrations and some Customs officials were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their contribution to the “Recovery, Renewal, Resilience” theme against the difficult backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • INDONESIA : Indonesia Customs celebrated ICD 2021 online, with the Finance Minister, WCO Secretary General and other high-level Indonesian and regional representatives in attendance, together with Customs officials. This also provided an opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the WCO Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL) and Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Indonesia, and award WCO Certificates of Merit to representatives from Customs as well as the public and private sectors.

    INDONESIA : Indonesia Customs celebrated ICD 2021 online, with the Finance Minister, WCO Secretary General and other high-level Indonesian and regional representatives in attendance, together with Customs officials. This also provided an opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the WCO Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL) and Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Indonesia, and award WCO Certificates of Merit to representatives from Customs as well as the public and private sectors.

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  • ITALY : Some 20 Italian Customs officers were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their exceptional commitment to the “Recovery, Renewal and Resilience” theme, by helping Customs in its efforts to drive recovery in response to the pandemic by means of advanced digital technologies, heightened collaboration at borders and by building up greater supply chain resilience.

    ITALY : Some 20 Italian Customs officers were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their exceptional commitment to the “Recovery, Renewal and Resilience” theme, by helping Customs in its efforts to drive recovery in response to the pandemic by means of advanced digital technologies, heightened collaboration at borders and by building up greater supply chain resilience.

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  • LATVIA : Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Latvia Customs celebrated ICD 2021 online. Fourteen government officials and stakeholders were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their commitment to the WCO’s 2021 theme of “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.

    LATVIA : Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Latvia Customs celebrated ICD 2021 online. Fourteen government officials and stakeholders were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their commitment to the WCO’s 2021 theme of “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.

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  • LITHUANIA :On the occasion of ICD 2021, a lesson on the WCO, its history and activities was given online to Lithuanian schoolchildren, led by the Lithuanian Customs Museum together with the beloved Dog and Handler Service. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fourteen Customs officials and three private sector representatives were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit remotely.

    LITHUANIA :On the occasion of ICD 2021, a lesson on the WCO, its history and activities was given online to Lithuanian schoolchildren, led by the Lithuanian Customs Museum together with the beloved Dog and Handler Service. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fourteen Customs officials and three private sector representatives were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit remotely.

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  • MADAGASCAR : Malagasy Customs celebrated ICD 2021 in Toamasina, the city which is home to Madagascar's largest port and which forms the country's economic lungs. Customs gave a presentation on its brand new information portal and its surveillance platform for leisure boats, the BSN/i-ONE project, developed in collaboration with Mauritius Customs. In addition, 20 officers were awarded a WCO Certificate of Merit for successfully performing their missions.

    MADAGASCAR : Malagasy Customs celebrated ICD 2021 in Toamasina, the city which is home to Madagascar's largest port and which forms the country's economic lungs. Customs gave a presentation on its brand new information portal and its surveillance platform for leisure boats, the BSN/i-ONE project, developed in collaboration with Mauritius Customs. In addition, 20 officers were awarded a WCO Certificate of Merit for successfully performing their missions.

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  • MALAWI : The photo shows how ICD 2021 was celebrated at Songwe Border Post in Malawi.

    MALAWI : The photo shows how ICD 2021 was celebrated at Songwe Border Post in Malawi.

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  • MALAYSIA : The Royal Customs Department celebrated ICD 2021 via a Facebook live broadcast. The Honourable Finance Minister and the Director General of Customs gave speeches and the recipients of WCO Certificates of Merit were announced.

    MALAYSIA : The Royal Customs Department celebrated ICD 2021 via a Facebook live broadcast. The Honourable Finance Minister and the Director General of Customs gave speeches and the recipients of WCO Certificates of Merit were announced.

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  • MEXICO : The General Administration of Customs commemorated ICD 2021 with a ceremony headed by the General Administrator for Customs and the Head of the Tax Administration Service. On this occasion, 20 Customs officials were awarded a WCO Certificate of Merit.

    MEXICO : The General Administration of Customs commemorated ICD 2021 with a ceremony headed by the General Administrator for Customs and the Head of the Tax Administration Service. On this occasion, 20 Customs officials were awarded a WCO Certificate of Merit.

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  • NEW ZEALAND : The photo shows Kirk McPherson receiving his certificate from Comptroller Christine Stevenson. Kirk, from Border Operations, received his certificate for working at the Ministry of Health to support the government’s Managed Isolation and Quarantine planning from a Customs perspective, while leading the Wellington team through the COVID-19 response and the beginning of the Maritime Border Order.

    NEW ZEALAND : The photo shows Kirk McPherson receiving his certificate from Comptroller Christine Stevenson. Kirk, from Border Operations, received his certificate for working at the Ministry of Health to support the government’s Managed Isolation and Quarantine planning from a Customs perspective, while leading the Wellington team through the COVID-19 response and the beginning of the Maritime Border Order.

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  • NIGERIA : ICD 2021 was celebrated under the leadership of the Comptroller General of Customs in Nigeria.

    NIGERIA : ICD 2021 was celebrated under the leadership of the Comptroller General of Customs in Nigeria.

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  • OMAN : ICD 2021 was celebrated under the auspices of Oman’s Director General of Customs, who awarded WCO Certificates to highly deserving staff members.

    OMAN : ICD 2021 was celebrated under the auspices of Oman’s Director General of Customs, who awarded WCO Certificates to highly deserving staff members.

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  • QATAR : During a ceremony held at the Customs Training Centre at Hamad Port, the Customs Authority honoured its distinguished employees with a presentation on the latest Customs performances and the Authority’s main achievements in terms of facilitating Customs clearance procedures.

    QATAR : During a ceremony held at the Customs Training Centre at Hamad Port, the Customs Authority honoured its distinguished employees with a presentation on the latest Customs performances and the Authority’s main achievements in terms of facilitating Customs clearance procedures.

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  • SAMOA : A commemorative service was held at Customs Headquarters for all staff, during which prizes were awarded to the best performing officials and teams. Best wishes to all our officials in Samoa and Customs officers around the world for a Happy ICD 2021!

    SAMOA : A commemorative service was held at Customs Headquarters for all staff, during which prizes were awarded to the best performing officials and teams. Best wishes to all our officials in Samoa and Customs officers around the world for a Happy ICD 2021!

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  • SENEGAL : The photo shows Ms. Doréthy Agnece Decampos Midwife on duty at the Senegalese Customs Medical-Social Centre and recipient of the WCO Certificate of Merit, at her workstation on 26 January 2021, holding a child. This is one of the 1,454 children her service helped deliver between 2010 and January 2021. The new mother is pictured on the left.

    SENEGAL : The photo shows Ms. Doréthy Agnece Decampos Midwife on duty at the Senegalese Customs Medical-Social Centre and recipient of the WCO Certificate of Merit, at her workstation on 26 January 2021, holding a child. This is one of the 1,454 children her service helped deliver between 2010 and January 2021. The new mother is pictured on the left.

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  • SEYCHELLES : The staff of the Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC) marked ICD 2021 with a heartfelt donation to the Seychelles National Council for the Elderly. It consisted of a batch of basic care and assistance supplies for senior citizens within the nine different retirement homes managed by the Council.

    SEYCHELLES : The staff of the Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC) marked ICD 2021 with a heartfelt donation to the Seychelles National Council for the Elderly. It consisted of a batch of basic care and assistance supplies for senior citizens within the nine different retirement homes managed by the Council.

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  • SINGAPORE : The photo illustrates how ICD 2021 was celebrated in Singapore. The celebrations were mostly held online.

    SINGAPORE : The photo illustrates how ICD 2021 was celebrated in Singapore. The celebrations were mostly held online.

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  • THAILAND : Thai Customs celebrated ICD 2021 and awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to 25 Customs executives and officials who have demonstrated their commitment to the year’s slogan of “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.

    THAILAND : Thai Customs celebrated ICD 2021 and awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to 25 Customs executives and officials who have demonstrated their commitment to the year’s slogan of “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.

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  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO : The Customs and Excise Division celebrated ICD 2021 with an interfaith service. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, systems and protocols have been put in place to facilitate legitimate trade for the benefit of all stakeholders.

    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO : The Customs and Excise Division celebrated ICD 2021 with an interfaith service. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, systems and protocols have been put in place to facilitate legitimate trade for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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  • UKRAINE : The State Customs Service celebrated ICD 2021 and awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to its finest officers.

    UKRAINE : The State Customs Service celebrated ICD 2021 and awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to its finest officers.

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  • URUGUAY : Due to the pandemic, WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded individually to the most deserving Customs officers.

    URUGUAY : Due to the pandemic, WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded individually to the most deserving Customs officers.

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  • VANUATU : For the ICD 2021 celebration, a public performance was organized to illustrate the Customs processes put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic and relating to inbound vessels, goods and people.

    VANUATU : For the ICD 2021 celebration, a public performance was organized to illustrate the Customs processes put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic and relating to inbound vessels, goods and people.

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  • YEMEN : ICD 2021 was celebrated in Yemen on 14 and 15 February 2021, focusing on the theme “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.

    YEMEN : ICD 2021 was celebrated in Yemen on 14 and 15 February 2021, focusing on the theme “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.

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Message of the Secretary General