India becomes Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation

India became Vice-Chair or regional head of Asia Pacific Region of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) for two years from July 2018 to June 2020. By becoming Vice Chair, India will be able to take up the leadership role at the WCO.

To mark the assumption of Vice Chair, an event will be organized in New Delhi by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The event was attended by Customs delegations of 33 countries of Asia-Pacific Region, Customs officers from different Ports in India, Partner Government Agencies and representatives from the trade among others.

Key Highlights:-

1. WCO is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations.
2. It was established in 1952 as Customs Co-operation Council (CCC).
3. It is the only international organization with competence in Customs matters and is considered as the voice of the international Customs community.
4. WCO represents 182 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade. It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
5. It plays a leading role in discussion, development, promotion and implementation of modern customs systems and procedures.

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