Chile assumes the Vice- Chair for Customs from the Americas and the Caribbean Region

Thursday, 14 July 2016


BRUSSELS. - Chile assumed today, in Brussels, the Vice-chair of the body that represents Customs Administrations of 31 countries from the Americas and the Caribbean Region, including United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, to the World Customs Administration (WCO).

Within the framework of the 127th/128 th Sessions of the Customs Co-operation Council held in Brussels, Director General of Customs, Juan Araya, received, on behalf of Chile, the Vice-chair position of the Regional Conference of the Customs Directors General from the Americas and the Caribbean Region for the period 2016 – 2018.

This is the first time that Chile takes the lead within the region since the establishment of such body. The implementation of a regional strategic planning is among the challenges Chile intends to achieve during its Vice-chair; task completely new in the Region. The idea is to invite the 31 countries to participate in defining common goals and finding ways to achieve them.

Taking the Vice-chair, the Director General of Chile customs said that “this task is a great honor for us but also a great responsibility”, considering the country was elected unanimously by the members of the Regional Conference during the sessions held last April, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.    

The management focus will be “to improve the coordination of the Vice-chair with the rest of the WCO regional bodies, including Uruguay-based Regional Office for Capacity Building, Regional Training Centers in Brazil and Dominican Republic and Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO) South America, Chile”, stressed Araya. He also said that this was accompanied by the challenge of “getting those Administrations that, in recent years, have been distanced from WCO and have not attended the regional meetings, more involved.”

Moreover, Araya argued that at national level the responsibility assumed by Chile is “an opportunity to introduce global best practices in the Region as well as in our own Customs Administration in order to strengthen the role of the Service and secure a safer international trade, but with a high component of competitiveness.”