Iran Customs ranks 1st in fighting smuggling, customs violations: WCO

TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (MNA) – According to the evaluation of Rayleigh Information Office in the World Customs Organization (WCO), Islamic Republic of Iran managed to stand at the first rank in terms of combat smuggling goods and customs offences.

Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance (MEAF) Masoud Karbasian revealed the above statement and said: “Iran stood at second rank in the past two years in the field of following up customs offences ranging from smuggling goods to the entry and exit of counterfeit goods but it managed to stand at the first rank in the current year in 1396 (started March 21, 2017) thanks to its best performance.”

Speaking in his meeting with visiting Kunio Mikuriya Secretary General of World Customs Organization (WCO), MEAF Minister said: “With regard to the thorough knowledge and accessibility of WCO’s secretary general to the statistics of other countries in customs sector, we welcome his constructive viewpoints and proposals in order to improve customs procedures in the country.”

In its ranking on the performance of world’s customs offices in the nine months of the current year in 2017, WCO termed Islamic Republic of Iran as forerunner in the field of anti-drug campaign coupled with winning second rank in the field of combat smuggling goods and customs-related offences, Karbasian concluded.

For his part, Kunio Mikuriya Secretary General of World Customs Organization (WCO) pointed to Iran’s eye-catching success in the field of modernizing customs activities in Iran and requested Iran to showcase its latest achievements in the next round of General Assembly of World Customs Organization.

Fortunately, Islamic Republic of Iran has taken giant strides in the field of modernizing and overhauling its customs procedures, the secretary general maintained.

It should be noted that Kunio Mikuriya Secretary General of World Customs Organization (WCO) arrived in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking delegation and met with Iranian authorities including Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance (MEAF) and former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) Masoud Karbasian.

During his visit, he was briefed on IRICA’s achievements in the field of e-customs, capabilities of comprehensive integrated customs system and cross-border single-window trade, etc., the report added.

Earlier, WCO had introduced expert online evaluation plan of IRICA, which has been implemented within the framework of Comprehensive Integrated Customs System, as a top model to the organizations as WCO’s member states across the world, the report concluded.

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