World Customs Organisation (WCO)

World Customs Organisation (WCO)


The World Customs Organization (WCO), established in 1952, is an independent intergovernmental body with a mission to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations.

The WCO represents 179 Customs administrations that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade. As the global centre of Customs expertise, the WCO is the only international organization with competence in Customs matters and can rightly call itself the voice of the international Customs community.

As a forum for dialogue and exchange of experiences between national Customs delegates, the WCO offers its Members a range of Conventions and other international instruments, as well as technical assistance and training services.

The WCO plays roles in stimulating the growth of legitimate international trade and in combating fraudulent activities. By promoting the emergence of an honest, transparent and predictable Customs environment, the WCO directly contributes to the economic and social well-being of its Members.

The WCO’s mission to enhance the protection of society and the national territory, and to secure and facilitate international trade, is highlighted within an international environment characterized by instability and the ever-present threat of terrorist activity.



International / Intergovernmental Organisation