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9th Meeting of ASEM Directors-General of Customs

12 octubre 2011

9th Meeting of ASEM Directors-General of Customs

Hua Hin, 12 October 2011


The 9th EU-ASEM Meeting of Customs Directors General took place in Hua Hin, Thailand, on 11 and 12 October 2011. The Director General of Thai Customs, Mr. Somchai POOLSAVASDI, welcomed delegates representing the 48 partners of EU-ASEM.

The delegates discussed the challenges Customs faces in the 21st Century including the impact of the current economic environment which had the effect of increasing the complexity of carrying out work programmes.

The meeting confirmed the need to make further progress in the following priority areas:

  • Trade Facilitation and Supply Chain Security;
  • Combating Infringement on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR);
  • Protecting the Society and Environment;
  • Involving Business.

The Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Sergio Mujica, represented the WCO and presented an update on current topics of the WCO.

The importance of WCO Instruments and Standards was recognised, noting in particular the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards.

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