India becomes Vice-chair of the Asia Pacific Region of WCO
India has become the Vice-chair (Regional Head) of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organization (WCO) for a period of two years, from July 2018 to June 2020. The WCO has divided its membership into six regions. Each of the six regions is represented by a regionally elected Vice-chairperson to the WCO Council.
Being the Vice Chair of AP Region of WCO will enable India to take on a leadership role. India has a wealth of experience in promoting security and facilitation of cross border trade. WCO represents 182 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98 per cent of world trade. As the global centre of Customs expertise, the WCO is the only international organisation with competence in Customs matters and can rightly call itself the voice of the international Customs community.