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26 January: International Customs Day

  • The International Customs Day (ICD) is celebrated on 26 January to commemorate the inaugural session of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), which was held on this day in 1953.
  • The day also raises awareness about the importance of customs authorities and their role in the smooth movement of goods across borders.
  • The WCO is dedicating 2022 to scaling up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem.

About WCO

  • The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Today, WCO members are responsible for customs controls in 183 countries representing more than 98 percent of all international trade.
  • Kunio Mikuriya is the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO).