41st Session of the Enforcement Committee of WCO

26 Mar 2021

The 41st Session of the Enforcement Committee (EC) took place from 22 to 26 March at the World Customs Organization (WCO) via an online platform KUDO. The EC, the highest level of investigation and surveillance within the WCO, is held annually to discuss the trend of investigation and monitoring and cooperative measures by customs delegates worldwide.

The WCO 2021, “Customs Bolstering Recovery, Renewal and the Resilience of the supply chain sustainability,” reflected the current challenging situation derived empathy from customs delegates. The WCO, additionally, noted COVID-19, risk management, intelligence and information sharing, E-commerce, and Free trade zones.

The agenda included the following sessions; Environment; Drugs; Security; Revenue, Cultural Heritage; IPR, Health and Safety; Customs Investigations, Anti- Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing. Customs delegates presented their activities and discussed topics addressed by the WCO Enforcement programs.

During the E-commerce panel session with regard to drugs, RILO AP introduced Operation GOALS implemented in February of this year, explaining the spread of illegal drugs in mail. Moreover, RILO AP noted that the possibility of connectivity with international criminal organizations emphasized the necessity of collaboration with various international enforcement agencies to maintain health and social safety issues worldwide. 

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