Commissioner Magnus shares CBP priorities and promotes good WCO governance during first official visit to Europe
“Our partnership with the World Customs Organization is essential to achieving our mission to facilitate legitimate trade and travel while protecting Americans from illicit and often dangerous goods,” said CBP Commissioner Magnus. “The WCO Council is an important forum to share best practices with our international partners and to work together to solve challenges shared by the global Customs community.”
During the WCO Council meeting, Commissioner Magnus stressed the importance of building trust and promoting transparent decision-making. He commended the WCO for emphasizing governance and accountability in its new strategic plan while calling for greater protection of cybersecurity and privacy in the WCO’s data initiatives. .
Commissioner Magnus spoke of CBP’s ongoing efforts to help supply chains recover from the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic while protecting consumers from illicit trade. He drew attention to the detrimental effects fragile borders have on global trade and urged the WCO to issue comprehensive guidance for customs agencies navigating state-to-state disputes.
Commissioner Magnus also highlighted CBP’s commitment to environmental stewardship and urged the WCO to further strengthen environmental enforcement cooperation and explore measures to promote sustainable and resilient Customs operations. .
Following the Council meeting, Commissioner Magnus announced that the United States intended to appoint Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Saunders to become the next Secretary General of the WCO. If elected by a majority of Directors General of Customs attending the June 2023 Council Session, Saunders will become the first US official to serve as WCO Secretary General since 1999.
CBP represents the US government at the WCO. The United States joined the WCO in 1970 and played a leadership role in the development and implementation of the SAFE Framework of Standardsthe Harmonized System, the WCO Data Model and other WCO tools that secure and facilitate international trade.
The WCO is the independent international body dedicated to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. The organization 184 members collaborate to establish standards and instruments that reduce the costs of international trade, facilitate the cross-border movement of essential goods and protect society from dangerous products.