Islamabad Customs destroys a huge quantity of drugs, seized items on ICD.
ISLAMABAD, January 26, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Like other parts
of the globe International Customs Day (ICD) was also marked in Pakistan
on Wednesday. The day marked the necessity of customs bodies to tighten
the vigil and establish better understanding with business firms. On the
occasion of a International Customs Day (ICD) a ceremony held here at
Margalla Dry Port. On this occasion Islamabad Customs has destroyed a
huge quantity of imported liquor, seized smuggled items, expired
medicines and drugs of millions of Rupees. The World Customs day is
dedicated to the first official meeting of Customs Co-operation Council.
Also known as World Customs Organization (WCO), it is the only
intergovernmental organization exclusively focused on Customs matters.
Established in 1952, WCO is an independent body solely focused on
enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of customs administrations
all over the world. With over more than 177 custom administration
members, WCO is a giant body in the field of customs. According to one
estimate, total members of WCO collectively process no less than 98% of
world trade. WCO is the true voice of international customs community.
Every year, there is a different theme on International Customs Day. The
theme of 2011 was Knowledge, A Catalyst for Customs Excellence. World
Customs Organization plays a vital role in stimulating the growth of
legitimate international trade. WCO has taken several crucial steps to
combat the increasing menace of fraudulent activities. January 26
highlights the need of promoting an honest, transparent and secure
custom environment in the world. The health of international trade is
very much dependent on the contributions made by the WCO. Celebrated by
all the members of WCO, International Customs Day is a wonderful
reminder of important role played by customs bodies in the world.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)