BRUSSELS – Today, Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske concluded his trip to Brussels, Belgium where he served as the head of the U.S. delegation to the World Customs Organization 127th/128th Council sessions. During the meeting, Commissioner Kerlikowske endorsed the WCO Council Resolution on the Role of Customs in Preventing Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Objects. He also presented remarks on trade facilitation, trade enforcement and the Integrity Advisory Panel.
The WCO Council is the governing body of the World Customs Organization and makes the final decisions on the organization’s work and activities. The World Customs Organization was established in 1952 as an independent intergovernmental body to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. Today, the WCO represents 180 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98 percent of world trade.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.