Pakistan Customs, like all other Customs Administrations around the world, is celebrating International Customs Day on 26th January, 2020. I extend my felicitation to all officers and officials of Pakistan Customs on this special day. The role of Customs has, over the years, transcended traditional functions and now it is viewed as a partner for fostering sustainability in the economic, social and environmental life of society.
This year’s theme focuses on Customs’ fostering sustainability for people, prosperity and planet which aims at sustainable economic development and long lasting well being of the society. In the modern world, Customs has to play a proactive role in not only facilitating trade, implementing various laws but also protecting the society from emerging threats in the areas of terrorism and climate.
Pakistan Customs plays a prominent role across the international supply chain, ensuring a sustainable, secure, and inclusive future for all. Customs is tasked with meeting all the environmental, economic, and social challenges while scaling up its ongoing efforts to respond effectively in a proactive manner.
In addition to existing automated (WeBOC) system, Pakistan Customs has initiated a project namely WeBOC-GLO for updating and modernizing the system keeping in lines with best international practices prevalent around the world for facilitating trade.
FBR has recently established Directorate of Cross Border Currency Movement, and National Targeting Centre to counter the menace of money laundering and trade based frauds. It is worth mentioning that Pakistan Customs is the lead agency in rolling out Pakistan Single Window which will bring a paradigm shift in Doing Business and will boost coordination and cooperation among all the agencies which are involved in trading across borders.
While felicitating the officers and officials of Pakistan Customs on this auspicious occasion, I expect them to continue to strive for greater professionalism in line with international best practices and transform the organization as business friendly, forward looking and a partner in the economic development of the country.