International Customs Day

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International Customs Day

On the occasion of 74th Republic Day, another important day is being celebrated all over the world on 26 January which is called International Customs Day.

An overview of the news

  • The role and contribution of customs agencies is remembered on this day.

  • The day marks the contribution of officers as well as their challenging working conditions.

  • Customs agencies play an important role in the smooth flow of goods across borders.

  • The theme of 2023 International Customs Day is- ‘Nurturing the next generation: promoting a culture of knowledge-sharing and professional pride in Customs’.

Background of the day

  • The day was first established in 1953 and ratified by the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) for the first time.

  • The session was inaugurated in Brussels, Belgium. Many delegates from 17 European countries participated in it.

  • Later in the year 1994, CCC was renamed as World Customs Organization (WCO).

  • Presently, WCO consists of 182 member states around the world.

Significance of the day

  • It is the customs department that establishes a strong bond between the countries.

  • The Customs Department is the agency that collects tariffs and manages the flow of goods across borders.

  • The day is a reminder of the hard work done by customs agents to hold government securities.

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