Today our Customs fraternity across the globe celebrates the International Customs day under the theme “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet”. Embedded in this year’s theme is the recognition of Customs contribution while at the same time emphasizing the aspect of organizational responsibility towards fostering a sustainable future.

Over the years, there has been a shift from revenue collection towards enforcement through, protection of society & promotion of trade leading to a diverse set of activities and which Pakistan Customs performs today. Being at the forefront in implementing regulations addressing major social and economic challenges related to narcotics, weapons, money laundering, intellectually property rights and substandard products, calls for us to strive harder to enforce laws promoting a secure and livable society.

Automation and paperless clearances on Risk Based criteria are the hallmark of our indigenously developed WeBOC (Web Based One Customs), which has today graduated into its next version as a dynamic environment and stakeholder friendly WeBOC GLO system fully garnering innovative and modern technology for seamless and smooth trade flows.

The Customs led cloud based Pakistan Single Window, to be operationalized by end 2021 with all Governmental & Non-Governmental stakeholders on a single platform, is Pakistan Customs’ flagship program which shall not only be a game changer in the field of trading across borders but would reshape the trade paradigm in the region towards a digital signature based connectivity.

Remaining mindful of its duties towards society while striving towards continued contributions for a sustainable, economically prosperous, secure and environmentally friendly society, this year’s theme poses Customs with added responsibilities which cannot be addressed without attaining the necessary skill sets and requisite knowledge.

Thus, this cause is certainly not just for one year but requires to be taken on as a lifetime mission to render services for sustainability of trade & environment for generations to come.

Today is also an occasion to congratulate our Pakistan Customs fraternity across the lines in joining the international customs family in its commitment towards fostering a sustainable future by discharging social, economic and environmental responsibilities.

Let’s resolve to gear up all our efforts and energy to contribute positively for the planet in general and society in particular in consonance with the WCO’s slogan of ‘Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet’.

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