The theme for this year’s International Customs Day is SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport. This reflects the fact that the expectations of travellers and businesses around the world are changing. As technology opens doors to new ways of communicating and doing business, there is a responsibility in the international customs community to facilitate global exchange in new ways.
The CBSA shares the WCO’s commitment to securely facilitate the flow of legitimate people and goods. As business and market realities evolve, border management must keep pace to meet the demands of the future. The CBSA is committed to using new technologies to keep legitimate goods and people moving smoothly, surely and securely for the economic benefit of all Canadians.
In 2018, the Agency took a number of steps in direct support of SMART borders.
To make travel a smoother, more seamless experience, the Agency opened new Primary Inspection Kiosks at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and Billy Bishop Airport. This allowed the Agency to increase the total number of travellers processed through PIKs to 26 million in 2018.
In October, the CBSA partnered with IBM and Maersk on the TradeLens pilot. This initiative will give the Agency the opportunity to take advantage of blockchain technology as a means to improve data quality and secure cross-border transactions.
Also in 2018, the CBSA continued its rail cargo pre-screening pilot with stakeholders and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This project has been a resounding success and will instruct the Agency’s introduction of cargo preclearance in other modes down the road.
In 2019, the CBSA will continue to work collaboratively with its partners to support common interests in border security, economic prosperity, and trade and travel facilitation. The Agency will continue to share best practices and offer capacity building and technical assistance to other customs organizations through multilateral organizations like the WCO.
To learn more visit World Customs Organization and International Customs Day
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