International Customs Day 2022


   

The WCO is dedicating 2022 to scaling up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem.

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

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ICD 2022 celebrations around the world

  • CAMEROON: Presentation of

    CAMEROON: Presentation of "epaulettes" to Customs officers and non-commissioned officers promoted to a higher rank on 25 January 2022, during the ICD celebrations at Air Force Base 101 in Yaoundé

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  • CANADA : The Border Services Agency celebrates ICD 2022 by highlighting Customs actions.

    CANADA : The Border Services Agency celebrates ICD 2022 by highlighting Customs actions.

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  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC : Through his presence, the President of the Republic raised the profile of the ICD 2022. The need to modernize the Customs administration with a view of maximizing domestic revenue was highlighted.

    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC : Through his presence, the President of the Republic raised the profile of the ICD 2022. The need to modernize the Customs administration with a view of maximizing domestic revenue was highlighted.

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  • CHILE : The National Customs Service celebrated ICD 2022 virtually, during a major ceremony attended by its officials from Chile's many regions. On this occasion, Certificates of Merit were awarded to companies accredited as Authorized Economic Operators in 2021.

    CHILE : The National Customs Service celebrated ICD 2022 virtually, during a major ceremony attended by its officials from Chile's many regions. On this occasion, Certificates of Merit were awarded to companies accredited as Authorized Economic Operators in 2021.

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  • CHINA : On ICD 2022, China Customs hosted a hybrid event in which the WCO Secretary General participated virtually. The Vice-Minister of China Customs and other Customs representatives attended the celebration in situ. During the celebration, 21 Chinese Customs officers were awarded with the WCO Certificate of Merit by the Vice-Minister in recognition of their exceptional service in promoting digital and smart development of Customs.

    CHINA : On ICD 2022, China Customs hosted a hybrid event in which the WCO Secretary General participated virtually. The Vice-Minister of China Customs and other Customs representatives attended the celebration in situ. During the celebration, 21 Chinese Customs officers were awarded with the WCO Certificate of Merit by the Vice-Minister in recognition of their exceptional service in promoting digital and smart development of Customs.

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  • DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO : Before an audience of over 150 representatives from Customs, border agencies and private sector partners, the newly appointed Director General of Customs and Excise gave a presentation on her management vision and plan of action.

    DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO : Before an audience of over 150 representatives from Customs, border agencies and private sector partners, the newly appointed Director General of Customs and Excise gave a presentation on her management vision and plan of action.

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  • DENMARK : Customs services across the country marked ICD 2022 by honouring 14 recipients of WCO Certificates of Merit. Due to COVID-19, the traditional celebratory breakfast held at all Customs sites sadly had to be cancelled. As a result and keeping in line with this year’s “data theme”, the celebrations were mainly held online.

    DENMARK : Customs services across the country marked ICD 2022 by honouring 14 recipients of WCO Certificates of Merit. Due to COVID-19, the traditional celebratory breakfast held at all Customs sites sadly had to be cancelled. As a result and keeping in line with this year’s “data theme”, the celebrations were mainly held online.

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  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC : During a celebration held at Customs Headquarters on 26 January 2022, fourteen Customs colleagues - together with four public sector institutions and two private associations - were awarded Certificates of Merit for their contribution to Customs performance and to this year's theme.

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC : During a celebration held at Customs Headquarters on 26 January 2022, fourteen Customs colleagues - together with four public sector institutions and two private associations - were awarded Certificates of Merit for their contribution to Customs performance and to this year's theme.

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  • ECUADOR : Customs joyfully celebrated ICD as a

    ECUADOR : Customs joyfully celebrated ICD as a "National Customs Day", honouring the work, commitment and success of its staff, and acknowledging the open and transparent service provided to users.

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  • ETHIOPIA : During the celebrations marking ICD 2022, the Deputy Commissioner for Customs Operations reiterated the need to build and effectively use data infrastructures within Customs, while maintaining data security and implementing data analytics technologies, including those related to artificial intelligence. Certificates of Merit were then awarded to individuals having contributed to Customs' performance in this area through outstanding service.

    ETHIOPIA : During the celebrations marking ICD 2022, the Deputy Commissioner for Customs Operations reiterated the need to build and effectively use data infrastructures within Customs, while maintaining data security and implementing data analytics technologies, including those related to artificial intelligence. Certificates of Merit were then awarded to individuals having contributed to Customs' performance in this area through outstanding service.

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  • GABON : On ICD 2022, Customs held a thanksgiving mass.

    GABON : On ICD 2022, Customs held a thanksgiving mass.

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  • GEORGIA : On ICD 2022, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the US Department of State and Georgia's Ministry of Finance aimed at modernizing the Revenue Service (RS) information technology platform. In addition, WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to 14 Customs officers and to representatives of partner agencies, international donor organizations and Georgia’s Banking Association, as well as to the RS Information Technology Centre for its contribution to digital technologies, information, and communication in Customs.

    GEORGIA : On ICD 2022, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the US Department of State and Georgia's Ministry of Finance aimed at modernizing the Revenue Service (RS) information technology platform. In addition, WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to 14 Customs officers and to representatives of partner agencies, international donor organizations and Georgia’s Banking Association, as well as to the RS Information Technology Centre for its contribution to digital technologies, information, and communication in Customs.

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  • GERMANY : During an online event on ICD 2022, Ms. Hercher, President of the Central Customs Authority, awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officials in recognition of their contribution to the theme

    GERMANY : During an online event on ICD 2022, Ms. Hercher, President of the Central Customs Authority, awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officials in recognition of their contribution to the theme "Scaling up Customs Digital Transformation" during an online event.

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  • GUATEMALA : Building a data ecosystem through tools, technologies and guides that contribute to boosting foreign trade!

    GUATEMALA : Building a data ecosystem through tools, technologies and guides that contribute to boosting foreign trade!

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  • INDIA :  ICD 2022 was celebrated with great enthusiasm across India. Various outreach programmes with all stakeholders were organized. In line with this year’s theme, this celebration gave the opportunity to emphasize the significant progress made by Customs towards digital transformation through data culture and data ecosystems. The Chairman of Customs urged all formations to continue driving forward this agenda through a virtual programme. WCO Certificates of Merit were also awarded to 19 Customs officers and a private-sector representative.

    INDIA : ICD 2022 was celebrated with great enthusiasm across India. Various outreach programmes with all stakeholders were organized. In line with this year’s theme, this celebration gave the opportunity to emphasize the significant progress made by Customs towards digital transformation through data culture and data ecosystems. The Chairman of Customs urged all formations to continue driving forward this agenda through a virtual programme. WCO Certificates of Merit were also awarded to 19 Customs officers and a private-sector representative.

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  • INDONESIA : On ICD 2022, Customs held a series of events in hybrid format. WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to five teams and eight Customs officers for their contribution to this year's theme of digital transformation. Two experts from the Finance Ministry gave an address during a webinar. Lastly, in its capacity as WCO Asia/Pacific Vice-Chair, Indonesia Customs also invited all the region's Member Administrations to join in a virtual ICD celebration, which was attended by approximately 600 Customs officers from Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and Maldives.

    INDONESIA : On ICD 2022, Customs held a series of events in hybrid format. WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to five teams and eight Customs officers for their contribution to this year's theme of digital transformation. Two experts from the Finance Ministry gave an address during a webinar. Lastly, in its capacity as WCO Asia/Pacific Vice-Chair, Indonesia Customs also invited all the region's Member Administrations to join in a virtual ICD celebration, which was attended by approximately 600 Customs officers from Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and Maldives.

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  • IRAN : On 26 January, the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs (IRICA) celebrated ICD 2022. On this occasion, WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to Customs officials for their contribution to Customs’ performance.

    IRAN : On 26 January, the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs (IRICA) celebrated ICD 2022. On this occasion, WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to Customs officials for their contribution to Customs’ performance.

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  • ITALY : Here we see the Director General of the Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency explaining the importance of Customs activity for society and the national economy to the 20 Customs officers awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their contribution, professionalism and dedication in the field of digitization.

    ITALY : Here we see the Director General of the Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency explaining the importance of Customs activity for society and the national economy to the 20 Customs officers awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their contribution, professionalism and dedication in the field of digitization.

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  • LATVIA : Due to concerns about the current epidemiological situation, in 2022 National Customs Board again celebrated ICD online. Fifteen government officials and stakeholders were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their commitment to the digital transformation of Customs.

    LATVIA : Due to concerns about the current epidemiological situation, in 2022 National Customs Board again celebrated ICD online. Fifteen government officials and stakeholders were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit for their commitment to the digital transformation of Customs.

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  • Mauritius : On ICD 2022, WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded in the presence of the Director of Customs (front row, middle) and other Directors, during the inauguration of the Integrated Customs Clearance Centre. The recipients included Customs officers, who discovered a new-born baby abandoned in a waste bin of an aircraft lavatory, and an Air Mauritius cabin crew member (front row, lady on the right), who helped save the baby's life.

    Mauritius : On ICD 2022, WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded in the presence of the Director of Customs (front row, middle) and other Directors, during the inauguration of the Integrated Customs Clearance Centre. The recipients included Customs officers, who discovered a new-born baby abandoned in a waste bin of an aircraft lavatory, and an Air Mauritius cabin crew member (front row, lady on the right), who helped save the baby's life.

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  • MEXICO :  The Head of the new National Customs Agency (ANAM), Mr. Horacio Duarte, made a special address to the audience after awarding WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officers for their major contribution in 2021. Mr. Duarte shared an encouraging message on combating corruption in the Mexican Customs system and transforming through international cooperation with the WCO.

    MEXICO : The Head of the new National Customs Agency (ANAM), Mr. Horacio Duarte, made a special address to the audience after awarding WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officers for their major contribution in 2021. Mr. Duarte shared an encouraging message on combating corruption in the Mexican Customs system and transforming through international cooperation with the WCO.

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  • MOZAMBIQUE : The Revenue Authority celebrated ICD 2022 by holding its traditional parade of Customs officials.

    MOZAMBIQUE : The Revenue Authority celebrated ICD 2022 by holding its traditional parade of Customs officials.

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  • NEW ZEALAND : Grant Rewa and Emily Berry with their International Customs Day Certificate.

    NEW ZEALAND : Grant Rewa and Emily Berry with their International Customs Day Certificate.

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  • NIGER : ICD 2022 celebrations were held at the Mahatma Gandhi international Conference Centre in Niamey, in the presence of the Finance Minister (Customs' supervisory Ministry), the Minister of the Economy and private sector managers, not only to support Customs in this fresh push towards digitalization but also to emphasize the importance of Customs-private sector cooperation.

    NIGER : ICD 2022 celebrations were held at the Mahatma Gandhi international Conference Centre in Niamey, in the presence of the Finance Minister (Customs' supervisory Ministry), the Minister of the Economy and private sector managers, not only to support Customs in this fresh push towards digitalization but also to emphasize the importance of Customs-private sector cooperation.

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  • NIGERIA : ICD 2022 was celebrated under the leadership of the Comptroller General of Customs, who awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to the most deserving Customs officers.

    NIGERIA : ICD 2022 was celebrated under the leadership of the Comptroller General of Customs, who awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to the most deserving Customs officers.

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  • NORTH MACEDONIA : To mark ICD 2022, Ms. Slavica Kutirov, Director General of the Customs Administration of North Macedonia, gave a speech and awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officers and representatives from the other governmental agencies and the private sector.

    NORTH MACEDONIA : To mark ICD 2022, Ms. Slavica Kutirov, Director General of the Customs Administration of North Macedonia, gave a speech and awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to Customs officers and representatives from the other governmental agencies and the private sector.

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  • PAKISTAN : ICD was celebrated all around Pakistan at different Customs posts, including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. Elegant ceremonies were held to highlight this year’s WCO theme of “Scaling up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem”.

    PAKISTAN : ICD was celebrated all around Pakistan at different Customs posts, including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. Elegant ceremonies were held to highlight this year’s WCO theme of “Scaling up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem”.

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  • PANAMA : On ICD, Customs enjoyed a traditional costume gala showcasing Panamanian identity.

    PANAMA : On ICD, Customs enjoyed a traditional costume gala showcasing Panamanian identity.

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  • SAINT-LUCIA : Saint Lucia celebrated ICD 2022 by honouring its Customs heroes, including the retirees who have left Customs over the past five or six years. A ceremony, during which the theme of ICD 2022 was presented, was also held to award Certificates of Merit to Customs staff, including the secretary features in the photo.

    SAINT-LUCIA : Saint Lucia celebrated ICD 2022 by honouring its Customs heroes, including the retirees who have left Customs over the past five or six years. A ceremony, during which the theme of ICD 2022 was presented, was also held to award Certificates of Merit to Customs staff, including the secretary features in the photo.

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  • SAUDI ARABIA : Customs celebrated ICD 2022 with the motto

    SAUDI ARABIA : Customs celebrated ICD 2022 with the motto "Advanced Digital System".

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  • SERBIA :In keeping with annual tradition, the Serbian Customs Administration (CAS) celebrated ICD 2022. The Acting Director General of CAS, Branko Radujko, awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to 19 Customs officials having demonstrated special commitment to the development of Customs and having contributed to its digital transformation, in line with this year’s theme.

    SERBIA :In keeping with annual tradition, the Serbian Customs Administration (CAS) celebrated ICD 2022. The Acting Director General of CAS, Branko Radujko, awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to 19 Customs officials having demonstrated special commitment to the development of Customs and having contributed to its digital transformation, in line with this year’s theme.

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  • SEYCHELLES : To commemorate ICD, the Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC) held a mid-day mass, on 26 January, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Victoria. The mass was led by officers from the SRC, in honour of all of its Customs officers and the dedicated group of people working alongside Customs.

    SEYCHELLES : To commemorate ICD, the Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC) held a mid-day mass, on 26 January, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Victoria. The mass was led by officers from the SRC, in honour of all of its Customs officers and the dedicated group of people working alongside Customs.

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  • SINGAPORE : On the photo, Customs officers proudly display the WCO certificates of Merit which they received on ICD 2022.

    SINGAPORE : On the photo, Customs officers proudly display the WCO certificates of Merit which they received on ICD 2022.

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  • THAILAND :  Thai Customs celebrated ICD 2022 by awarding WCO Certificates of Merit to 25 Customs officials having demonstrated their commitment to the year’s slogan of scaling up digital transformation. Given COVID-19 measures in place, the celebrations were held in hybrid format with the in person attendance solely by awardees from the Bangkok Metropolitan Region, while the other awardees joined in the celebrations online.

    THAILAND : Thai Customs celebrated ICD 2022 by awarding WCO Certificates of Merit to 25 Customs officials having demonstrated their commitment to the year’s slogan of scaling up digital transformation. Given COVID-19 measures in place, the celebrations were held in hybrid format with the in person attendance solely by awardees from the Bangkok Metropolitan Region, while the other awardees joined in the celebrations online.

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  • UKRAINE :  The State Customs Service celebrated ICD 2022. Here we can see the Head of Ukraine’s Customs, Vyachesla Demchenko, awarding WCO Certificates of Merit to the most meritorious Customs officers.

    UKRAINE : The State Customs Service celebrated ICD 2022. Here we can see the Head of Ukraine’s Customs, Vyachesla Demchenko, awarding WCO Certificates of Merit to the most meritorious Customs officers.

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  • UNITED STATES (CBP) : On the occasion of ICD 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) honoured government officials with a virtual ceremony awarding 20 WCO Certificates of Merit to some 200 recipients.  CBP Deputy Commissioner Troy Miller (upper left) delivered a keynote address in which CBP and ICE leadership recognized the hard work of their teams and international partners, both at headquarters and in the field.

    UNITED STATES (CBP) : On the occasion of ICD 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) honoured government officials with a virtual ceremony awarding 20 WCO Certificates of Merit to some 200 recipients. CBP Deputy Commissioner Troy Miller (upper left) delivered a keynote address in which CBP and ICE leadership recognized the hard work of their teams and international partners, both at headquarters and in the field.

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  • ZAMBIA : Customs celebrated ICD 2022 and awarded WCO Certificate of Merit to its Customs officers, who successfully completed the e-learning courses on data analytics in CLiKC!.

    ZAMBIA : Customs celebrated ICD 2022 and awarded WCO Certificate of Merit to its Customs officers, who successfully completed the e-learning courses on data analytics in CLiKC!.

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International Customs Day 2022

Message of the Secretary General