International Customs Day Quick Facts
|International Customs Day ()
|26 January 1953
|World Customs Organization (WCO)
International Customs Day Brief
International Customs Day is celebrated across the world on 26 January every year. This day is organized to commemorate the formation of the World Customs Organization (WCO) on 26 January 1953.
International Customs Day History
The Celebration of this day was started by the World Customs Organization in 1953 when the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council was held in Brussels, Belgium. Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) was renamed as World Customs Organization (WCO) in the year 1994.
International Customs Day Objective
The Day also aims to raise awareness about the importance of customs officers and their role in the smooth movement of goods across borders. The World Customs Organization was formed in 1952 as the 'Customs Cooperation Council'.
How to celebrate International Customs Day
- Various national events are organized every year on 26 January by the customs administrations of 179 member countries around the world to celebrate the First session of the Customs Cooperation Council of the World Customs Organization. The WCO Secretariat chooses a theme for International Customs Day.
- The World Customs Organization (WCO) is dedicated to promoting the digitization of customs procedures under Digital Customs.
- In the year 2017, about 70,000 tax officials announced to launch of a non-cooperation movement to protest against certain decisions taken by the GST Council for International Customs Day. The workers' unions had decided not to observe International Customs Day, starting their agitation. Along with this, on 30 January, 'Martyr's Day' was celebrated by tying a black band on 'Black Day'.
More info about International Customs Day
About World Customs Organization:
- The World Customs Organization is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
- The WCO is noted for work in areas covering International conventions, Equipment, and Equipment development, Commodity classification, Valuation, Rules of origin, Collection of customs revenue, and other topics.
- The WCO maintains the International Consistent System (HS) of Goods Nomenclature, the technical aspects of the Trade Organization (WTO), Customs Assessment and Rules of Origin.
- Currently, the WCO collectively represents 180 customs administrations around the world.
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