International Customs Day observed in Samtse
The customs administration around the world celebrates 26th January as the International Customs Day with a dedicated theme under the auspices of the World Customs Organization. The theme for 2016 is ““Digital Customs: Progressive Engagement”, a year in which Customs administrations are encouraged to actively showcase and promote their use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in order to collect and safeguard Customs duties, to control the flow of goods, people, conveyances, and money, and to secure cross-border trade from crime, including international terrorism which continues to rear its head across the globe.
The Department of Revenue and Customs with effect from 2014 joined the global Customs community in formally celebrating International Customs Day. This year the day is observed here at Regional Revenue and Customs Office, Samtse and the event is graced by the Finance Minister Lyonpo Namgay Dorji along with other senior officials from Ministry of Finance , Samste Dzongkhag and representatives from the private sectors. On this day, the Department of Revenue and Customs also recognizes customs officials with extraordinary contributions, dedications and good track records and awarded them with World Customs Organization Merit Certificates.
Considering the theme for 2016, the relevant stakeholders, border enforcement agencies and cross-border Customs officials of Indian neighboring towns also joined the celebration.
Bhutan became the member of the World Customs Organization (WCO) in February 2002 and currently has 180 member states. Internationally, 26th January is celebrated as “International Customs Day” under the auspices of WCO since the Convention establishing the Customs Co-operation Council was officially inaugurated in Brussels on 26th January 1953. In 1994 the Customs Co-operation Council adopted a new name “World Customs Organization”. Subsequently, the Customs administrations of member States of the WCO organizes various national events during the International Customs Day. The WCO on its part dedicates an annual theme that is officially declared on the International Customs Day entailing Customs administrations to devote their focus for that year on a particular topic.