The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced it was joining counterpart organizations around the world in celebrating International Customs Day.
This year’s theme is Co-ordinated Border Management - an inclusive approach for connecting stakeholders. The CBSA supports the World Customs Organization (WCO)’s decision to highlight the importance of partnerships in meeting the trade and border security demands of the 21st century.
The CBSA states that “Border management is a shared international responsibility, and threats and opportunities arising from global migration and trade are dealt with most effectively by working together.”
The CBSA is considered a leader in global border management and currently chairs the “Border Five,” an informal group of representatives from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Recognizing the importance of strong partnerships with stakeholders, the CBSA maintains a robust international network. Currently, the Agency has over 60 employees working in 47 locations around the world. The CBSA has also signed Customs Mutual Assistance Agreements with 10 international partners to date.
In 2015, the CBSA says it will continue to work collaboratively with external partners to support shared goals of international security, public safety and the facilitated flow of legitimate people and goods. Likewise, the Agency promises to continue sharing best practices and lessons learned with other customs organizations, as well as enforcement partners around the world.