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International Customs Day 2024


   

The WCO is dedicating 2024 to Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose.

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

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ICD 2024 celebrations around the world

  • BAHRAIN : On ICD 2024, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Bahrain paid a visit to the Ministry of Interior to reward Customs officials for their outstanding performance. He then participated in the inaugural ceremony of the Unified Clearance Centre and the Virtual Customer Service Centre, symbolizing his unwavering commitment to efficient and modern Customs procedures.

    BAHRAIN : On ICD 2024, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Bahrain paid a visit to the Ministry of Interior to reward Customs officials for their outstanding performance. He then participated in the inaugural ceremony of the Unified Clearance Centre and the Virtual Customer Service Centre, symbolizing his unwavering commitment to efficient and modern Customs procedures.

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  • BELGIUM : ICD 2024 celebration in front of the Manneken Pis statue, dressed in his Belgian Customs uniform.

    BELGIUM : ICD 2024 celebration in front of the Manneken Pis statue, dressed in his Belgian Customs uniform.

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  • BERMUDA : The Bermuda Customs Department celebrated ICD 2024 with its new trainee Customs officers. We can see them here with schoolchildren, building relationships, trust and awareness, in keeping with the WCO’s theme for  2024, with the help of the Customs Department mascots, Ravi and Capi.

    BERMUDA : The Bermuda Customs Department celebrated ICD 2024 with its new trainee Customs officers. We can see them here with schoolchildren, building relationships, trust and awareness, in keeping with the WCO’s theme for 2024, with the help of the Customs Department mascots, Ravi and Capi.

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  • CAMBODIA : Customs marked ICD 2024 with a high-level celebration, during which WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to the most deserving Customs officers.

    CAMBODIA : Customs marked ICD 2024 with a high-level celebration, during which WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to the most deserving Customs officers.

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  • CHILE : The National Customs Service marked ICD 2024 by inviting authorities and their counterparts to learn more, in situ, about the operational processes involved in the entry of e-commerce goods. Customs experts explained the steps involved in international trade inspections and the use of non-intrusive technologies, especially as part of the Chilean Government’s national plan to combat organized crime.

    CHILE : The National Customs Service marked ICD 2024 by inviting authorities and their counterparts to learn more, in situ, about the operational processes involved in the entry of e-commerce goods. Customs experts explained the steps involved in international trade inspections and the use of non-intrusive technologies, especially as part of the Chilean Government’s national plan to combat organized crime.

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  • CZECH REPUBLIC : Every year, the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic commemorates ICD by rewarding the best employees and important personalities within its partner organizations. Ceremonies took place not only at the Directorate General, but also in the regional offices. This photo was taken in the town of Hradec Králové, in the Eastern Bohemia region.

    CZECH REPUBLIC : Every year, the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic commemorates ICD by rewarding the best employees and important personalities within its partner organizations. Ceremonies took place not only at the Directorate General, but also in the regional offices. This photo was taken in the town of Hradec Králové, in the Eastern Bohemia region.

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  • DENMARK : On ICD 2024, Certificates of Merit were awarded to 17 proud Danish Customs officers for their contributions to this year’s theme, while celebrations were held at regional level throughout the country involving breakfast or getting together to share cake.

    DENMARK : On ICD 2024, Certificates of Merit were awarded to 17 proud Danish Customs officers for their contributions to this year’s theme, while celebrations were held at regional level throughout the country involving breakfast or getting together to share cake.

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  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC : During a celebration held at Customs Headquarters on 26 January, after the speech by the Director General of Customs, Customs colleagues from various departments - together with representatives of public sector institutions and private entities - were awarded Certificates of Merit for their contribution to Customs performance.

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC : During a celebration held at Customs Headquarters on 26 January, after the speech by the Director General of Customs, Customs colleagues from various departments - together with representatives of public sector institutions and private entities - were awarded Certificates of Merit for their contribution to Customs performance.

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  • ETHIOPIA : On ICD 2024, in recognition of exceptional service to the international Customs community, 20 Certificates of Merit were awarded to stakeholders and to different divisions and branch offices of the Ethiopian Customs Commission for their significant contributions.

    ETHIOPIA : On ICD 2024, in recognition of exceptional service to the international Customs community, 20 Certificates of Merit were awarded to stakeholders and to different divisions and branch offices of the Ethiopian Customs Commission for their significant contributions.

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  • FINLAND :  In the spirit of the 2024 theme of “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose”, Finnish Customs awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to a number of stakeholders, such as Customs officers and partners ranging from non-governmental organizations to private companies and international operators.

    FINLAND : In the spirit of the 2024 theme of “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose”, Finnish Customs awarded WCO Certificates of Merit to a number of stakeholders, such as Customs officers and partners ranging from non-governmental organizations to private companies and international operators.

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  • FRANCE : A highlight of the ICD 2024 celebration was the awarding of WCO Certificates of Merit to 20 Customs officials stationed throughout France in recognition of their outstanding work with French Customs' public and private partners. The above photo shows 8 recipients who took part in the ceremony presided over by Isabelle Braun-Lemaire, Director General, at the Headquarters of the Directorate General.

    FRANCE : A highlight of the ICD 2024 celebration was the awarding of WCO Certificates of Merit to 20 Customs officials stationed throughout France in recognition of their outstanding work with French Customs' public and private partners. The above photo shows 8 recipients who took part in the ceremony presided over by Isabelle Braun-Lemaire, Director General, at the Headquarters of the Directorate General.

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  • GABON :  Gabon Customs marked ICD 2024 with a celebration attended by high-level officials, during which WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded.

    GABON : Gabon Customs marked ICD 2024 with a celebration attended by high-level officials, during which WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded.

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  • GEORGIA : Group photo with Customs officers holding their Certificates of Merit received in recognition of their excellent performance in the course of their work.

    GEORGIA : Group photo with Customs officers holding their Certificates of Merit received in recognition of their excellent performance in the course of their work.

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  • GUATEMALA : Customs celebrated ICD 2024 by emphasizing this year’s theme of “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose”.

    GUATEMALA : Customs celebrated ICD 2024 by emphasizing this year’s theme of “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose”.

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  • HONG KONG (CHINA) : Group photo with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Maggie  Yang (sixth from left), the Commissioner of Hong Kong Customs, Louise Ho (sixth from right), and the awardees of WCO Certificates of Merit.

    HONG KONG (CHINA) : Group photo with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Maggie Yang (sixth from left), the Commissioner of Hong Kong Customs, Louise Ho (sixth from right), and the awardees of WCO Certificates of Merit.

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  • INDONESIA :Customs celebrated ICD 2024, with a focus on this year’s theme of

    INDONESIA :Customs celebrated ICD 2024, with a focus on this year’s theme of "Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose.". The Director General emphasized the importance of strong synergy and collaboration to address global trade dynamics. Activities included the awarding of WCO Certificates of Merit, a webinar on forging sustainable partnerships in the ever-changing global landscape, a Knowledge Competition, and a Virtual Run and Walk.

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  • IRELAND : On the occasion of the ICD 2024 celebrations on 26 January, deserving Customs officers and partners were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit.

    IRELAND : On the occasion of the ICD 2024 celebrations on 26 January, deserving Customs officers and partners were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit.

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  • ITALY : On ICD 2024, Certificates of Merit were awarded to merit-worthy Customs officers and partners in connection with the theme of

    ITALY : On ICD 2024, Certificates of Merit were awarded to merit-worthy Customs officers and partners in connection with the theme of "Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose".

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  • KENYA : In the spirit of this year’s theme,

    KENYA : In the spirit of this year’s theme, "Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners With Purpose", for the first time ever the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) held its ICD celebrations with its Commissioner, Dr. Lilian Nyawanda (sixth from left), staff and key stakeholders in the border town of Busia. This town is a key linkage point on the Northern Corridor and interfaces with the neighbouring country of Uganda through a One Stop Border Post.

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  • KOSOVO : Customs marked ICD 2024 alongside business representatives, in keeping with the WCO theme of

    KOSOVO : Customs marked ICD 2024 alongside business representatives, in keeping with the WCO theme of "Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose". Kosovo's Minister of Finance, Labour and Transfers, and the Director General of Kosovo Customs highlighted the importance of partnerships and stakeholder engagement in fostering trade facilitation, streamlining Customs operations and stimulating economic growth.

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  • LATVIA : Customs marked ICD 2024 alongside business representatives, in keeping with the WCO theme of

    LATVIA : Customs marked ICD 2024 alongside business representatives, in keeping with the WCO theme of "Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose". Kosovo's Minister of Finance, Labour and Transfers, and the Director General of Kosovo Customs highlighted the importance of partnerships and stakeholder engagement in fostering trade facilitation, streamlining Customs operations and stimulating economic growth.

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  • LITHUANIA : To celebrate ICD 2024, the Head of Lithuanian Customs, Darius  Žvironas, awarded a WCO Certificate of Merit to Robertas Valantiejus, Executive Director of the Association of Lithuanian Stevedoring Companies, for his outstanding partnership with Customs.

    LITHUANIA : To celebrate ICD 2024, the Head of Lithuanian Customs, Darius Žvironas, awarded a WCO Certificate of Merit to Robertas Valantiejus, Executive Director of the Association of Lithuanian Stevedoring Companies, for his outstanding partnership with Customs.

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  • MALAYSIA : What a memorable moment when the Director General of Customs began reciting the Customs Oath in the presence of Dato' Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and 1,500 distinguished guests!

    MALAYSIA : What a memorable moment when the Director General of Customs began reciting the Customs Oath in the presence of Dato' Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and 1,500 distinguished guests!

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  • NETHERLANDS : As an expert in strategic goods and sanctions, Dutch Customs officer Bert  Dalmolen, among others, is seen receiving a WCO Certificate of Merit for the excellent collaboration he has developed between Customs, its trading partners and other stakeholders. He is also a dedicated mentor to the new generation of employees.

    NETHERLANDS : As an expert in strategic goods and sanctions, Dutch Customs officer Bert Dalmolen, among others, is seen receiving a WCO Certificate of Merit for the excellent collaboration he has developed between Customs, its trading partners and other stakeholders. He is also a dedicated mentor to the new generation of employees.

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  • NIGER : During his speech at the ICD 2024 celebration, the Director General of Customs addressed the theme chosen by the WCO for this year,

    NIGER : During his speech at the ICD 2024 celebration, the Director General of Customs addressed the theme chosen by the WCO for this year, "Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose", and awarded WCO Certificates of Merit not only to Customs partners but also to Customs officers for their performance.

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  • NIGERIA : On ICD 2024, a ceremony was held in Lagos during which WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to Customs officers for their outstanding performance.

    NIGERIA : On ICD 2024, a ceremony was held in Lagos during which WCO Certificates of Merit were awarded to Customs officers for their outstanding performance.

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  • NORTH MACEDONIA : To mark the ICD 2024 celebrations, Customs officers and stakeholders pose together for a group photo with their WCO Certificates of Merit.

    NORTH MACEDONIA : To mark the ICD 2024 celebrations, Customs officers and stakeholders pose together for a group photo with their WCO Certificates of Merit.

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  • OMAN : Customs celebrated ICD 2024 with the slogan “Building Bridges to Enhance Partnership and Effective Cooperation for Success”.

    OMAN : Customs celebrated ICD 2024 with the slogan “Building Bridges to Enhance Partnership and Effective Cooperation for Success”.

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  • PANAMA : ICD 2024 was commemorated in Panama by a dialogue with the private sector on the importance of technology in the Customs service.

    PANAMA : ICD 2024 was commemorated in Panama by a dialogue with the private sector on the importance of technology in the Customs service.

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  • SAINT LUCIA :

    SAINT LUCIA : "Embracing our most important traditional partners - our staff"

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  • SAO TOME and PRINCIPE : Group photo taken during the ICD 2024 celebration at the first large-scale retreat for São Tomé and Príncipe Customs .

    SAO TOME and PRINCIPE : Group photo taken during the ICD 2024 celebration at the first large-scale retreat for São Tomé and Príncipe Customs .

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  • SAUDI ARABIA : ICD 2024 was celebrated by Saudi Arabia Customs under the WCO  theme of “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose”.

    SAUDI ARABIA : ICD 2024 was celebrated by Saudi Arabia Customs under the WCO theme of “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose”.

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  • SERBIA : On ICD 2024, well aware that trade facilitation and security at borders require collaboration with both public and private sectors, Serbian Customs management expressed its full support to the 2024 theme ''Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose'' notably by awarding WCO Certificates of Merit to 20 Customs officials and officers for their contributions to the theme.

    SERBIA : On ICD 2024, well aware that trade facilitation and security at borders require collaboration with both public and private sectors, Serbian Customs management expressed its full support to the 2024 theme ''Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose'' notably by awarding WCO Certificates of Merit to 20 Customs officials and officers for their contributions to the theme.

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  • SLOVAKIA : On ICD 2024, at the historic Primate's Palace in Bratislava, the President of the Financial Administration awarded 8 Customs officers with WCO Certificates of Merit for their outstanding achievements, and 19 others with a promotion to a higher rank. The celebration was further enhanced by the presence of Daniela Klučková, State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, and by the ceremony performed by the Financial Administration's Guard of Honour.

    SLOVAKIA : On ICD 2024, at the historic Primate's Palace in Bratislava, the President of the Financial Administration awarded 8 Customs officers with WCO Certificates of Merit for their outstanding achievements, and 19 others with a promotion to a higher rank. The celebration was further enhanced by the presence of Daniela Klučková, State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, and by the ceremony performed by the Financial Administration's Guard of Honour.

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  • SOMALIA : It was in a festive spirit that Customs officials gathered on 26 January to celebrate ICD 2024.

    SOMALIA : It was in a festive spirit that Customs officials gathered on 26 January to celebrate ICD 2024.

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  • SPAIN : On 26 January, during ICD 2024, Customs officials were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit by the Director General of Customs who presided over the celebrations.

    SPAIN : On 26 January, during ICD 2024, Customs officials were awarded WCO Certificates of Merit by the Director General of Customs who presided over the celebrations.

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  • THAILAND : Thai Customs proudly marked ICD 2024, showing its dedication to engaging traditional and new partners with purpose.

    THAILAND : Thai Customs proudly marked ICD 2024, showing its dedication to engaging traditional and new partners with purpose.

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  • TOGO : Group photo of the administrative authorities, the Commissioner of Customs and Excise of the Togolese Revenue Office, and the Certificate of Merit recipients from partner organizations and Customs  at the closing of the ICD 2024 celebration in Togo.

    TOGO : Group photo of the administrative authorities, the Commissioner of Customs and Excise of the Togolese Revenue Office, and the Certificate of Merit recipients from partner organizations and Customs at the closing of the ICD 2024 celebration in Togo.

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  • VANUATU : Building partnerships, cooperation, collaboration and providing support through technical assistance and capacity building are ways of strengthening relationships, building trust and instilling confidence.

    VANUATU : Building partnerships, cooperation, collaboration and providing support through technical assistance and capacity building are ways of strengthening relationships, building trust and instilling confidence.

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  • ZIMBABWE : ZIMRA officers celebrating International Customs Day 2024 with a traditional march at Beitbridge border post. #InternationalCustomsDay #ZIMRA

    ZIMBABWE : ZIMRA officers celebrating International Customs Day 2024 with a traditional march at Beitbridge border post. #InternationalCustomsDay #ZIMRA

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