Getting Accustomed to the New Normal: Border Customs in the Age of COVID-19
On March 8 the Wilson Center held a conversation on maximizing economic growth and prosperity through the World Customs Organization with Ricardo Treviño Chapa, Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization.
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly underscored the inter-connected nature of our world as countries sought to urgently move medication, vaccines, and healthcare supplies. These challenges demonstrated the critical importance of the ability to move goods safely and quickly across borders and around the globe. Recovery from the pandemic will lead to an increase in the pace of the movement people and goods.
As we return to a “new normal,” the need for efficient, agile and professional customs services will be even more apparent. In addition to facilitating the movement goods, customs services also play a essential role in ensuring the security of national borders. The pandemic also exposed the vulnerability of global supply chains, prompting governments and the private sector to identify new strategies and technologies to enhance their security.
The World Customs Organization (WCO), through its standard setting and capacity building functions, plays a critically important role in helping national customs authorities to improve their efficiency, incorporate new technologies, and enhance the skills and capacities necessary to fulfill their joint obligations of trade facilitation and security.
On March 8 the Wilson Center held a conversation on maximizing economic growth and prosperity through the World Customs Organization with Ricardo Treviño Chapa, Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization. This event featured a keynote address from Mr. Treviño followed by a question and answer session.
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