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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.

Date & Time

Tuesday
Mar. 8, 2022
11:00am – 12:00pm ET

Location

Wilson Center Website

Overview

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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Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more

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