XX Regional Conference of Directors General of Customs of the Americas and the Caribbean Region

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The meeting chaired by the Customs Service of Chile was carried out in Havana and was key to further development of strategic planning.

HAVANA, CUBA. - On 15 May, the Customs Service of Chile, in its capacity as Vice-chair of the World Customs Organization (WCO) for the region, and as part of its international insertion strategy, chaired the XX Regional Conference of Directors General of Customs of the Americas and the Caribbean Region, gathering the 31 Administrations of the whole continent.

During the meeting, held in Havana, Cuba, the approved regional strategic planning was reviewed, after being approved in the Resolution of Puerto Natales in 2015, which set a road map and priorities for the customs services of the continent.

The customs services also met with the private sector, reviewing the challenges posed by the implementation of Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) which became effective on 22 February of this year and was propelled by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The Head of the International Affairs Department, Fabián Villarroel, headed the Chilean delegation, joined by professional Patricia Chamorro, on behalf of the National Customs Director, Mr. Claudio Sepúlveda, who chose to stay in the country to closely follow the negotiations for the Bill for Strengthening the Human Resources of the Service.

For Villarroel, the meeting confirmed the prestige that Chile Customs  maintains on the international customs field, mentioning the challenges of the TFA, e-commerce, illegal weapons and dual-use material trafficking, as well as early passenger registration, which constitute much of the agenda that the Chilean Customs and its peers from all over the world are currently working on.