BRUSSELS : At the invitation of Netherlands Customs, the WCO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Ricardo Treviño Chapa, visited the Port of Rotterdam to see for himself the advanced Customs procedures in place.
The visit began with a brief presentation on the objectives and projects being pursued and implemented by Netherlands Customs. Given the constant increase in the volume of containers processed by the port and the growing need for Customs checks on operations to and from the United Kingdom in the light of Brexit, Netherlands Customs has put in place a strategy based on three key components: Remittance, Protection and Competitiveness.
The Deputy Secretary General witnessed the key role played by WCO tools and instruments at the heart of this Customs strategy, in areas such as coordinated border management, risk management and application of the Revised Kyoto Convention.
The use of technology, the automation of procedures and the adoption of data analytics are important enablers for implementing this strategy, built on strengthened international cooperation and continuous upgrading of Customs personnel’s skills.