Special Messages On 26-January-2017 International Customs Day

Khurram Ijaz (President 2016-2017) Karachi Customs Agents Association

On the auspicious occasion of International Customs Day which is celebrated every year on the 26th of January by the World Customs Community across the globe, I extend my warm felicitations to all officers and officials of the Pakistan Customs. The Brussels based 177 member World Customs organization is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. In this regard we are proud that Pakistan Custom is playing a key role in development of this progressive country through efficient targeted controls and the facilitation of lawful trade.

This year’s topic of discussion “Data Analysis for Effective Border Management” as announced by the WCO is an inclusive approach which will propel Customs to new levels of success in both compliance and facilitation by enabling it to improve risk management which supports enhanced detection of irregularities, illicit consignments, the suspicious movement of people & financial flows and the facilitation of legitimate trade. History enables us to predict behavior of the trade activities, engage with other government agencies to leverage their experience and expertise, conduct quantitative research for purposes of building knowledge, to enhance performance measurement to improve Customs practices and integrity.

Data analysis thus can greatly support the core Custom’s objective of revenue collection, border security, collection of trade statistics, and trade facilitation.

Pakistan Customs has always remained in the forefront of liberalization and rationalization of the trade regime and procedures in supporting government’s initiatives to facilitate and enhance trade with international partners. There are of course potential obstacles to an optimal use of data, such as the lack of qualitative data, data that has not been integrated or merged, lack of harmonization of data across border agencies, lack of skilled resources, I.T infrastructure and cultural challenges. In addition, it is vital that appropriate privacy and confidentiality of laws must be respected.

In such an environment, the task of customs agents is highly vital in helping the government to achieve an appropriate balance between trade facilitation and regulatory control. They provide services with high professional standards and ethical behavior between traders & custom authorities.

The Karachi Customs Agents Association is especially grateful to Pakistan Customs in general and WCO in particular for keeping us on their top agenda of training and learning. I wish to convey my best wishes to the Pakistan Customs on the International Customs Day.

Wasiq Hussain Khan General Secretary (2016-2017) Karachi Customs Agents Association

On the precious occasion of 65th International Customs Day which will be celebrated on 26th of January 2017 by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and Customs administration all over the world, I extend my warm greetings and felicitations to all the Officers and officials of Pakistan Customs. There is no doubt that Pakistan Customs is playing a vital role in the betterment of our progressive country’s economy through effective targeted controls and the facilitation of legitimate trade.

The WCO announced that 2017 will be dedicated to promoting data analysis under the slogan “Data Analysis for Effective Border Management”. WCO Members will thus be called upon to further promote their efforts and initiatives in a sector that is becoming a key element in Customs modernization process: collecting and analyzing data. Customs has a substantial amount of data at its disposal, such as data submitted for the Customs clearance process. Customs can also collect & maintain database from other sources such as government agencies, commercially available databases, and open source information platforms such as digitized global public records and multilingual news sources. Moreover, with the innovation of technology, data records are now saved on the cloud arena and there is no need for storing physical records, further facilitating emergence of paperless environment and easy access to data across the globe.

There is a need to cope with the changing developments in international trade and Customs has devised a well planned strategy beginning with the development of a skilled human resource and modern cargo clearance system which is the most important element of development process. In line with this, Pakistan Customs has modernized its procedures and processes to keep up with development in trade and international customs agreements.

Pakistan Customs is one of very few organizations who pioneered in designing and automating their clearance and audit systems in the country. It is known fact that increase in trade volumes cannot be handled without state of the art clearance system and the department’s efforts in this regard must be appreciated. Introduction and upgrading of automated environment is indeed a remarkable achievement providing benefit to all stakeholders i.e. the Government, trade and industry.

Lastly, I would like to convey my felicitations to the entire  Customs Staff who have worked hard through putting in extra efforts to ensure smooth flow of trade despite all odds. I strongly believe that together we will make Pakistan Customs the best service in the region.

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