Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski led the U.S. delegation to the 70th session of the World Customs Organization Policy Commission, Dec. 9 to 11. Hosted by Ireland’s Office of the Revenue Commissioners and held in Dublin this year, the policy commission represented 30 of the WCO’s full membership of 179 countries.
Winkowski originally had proposed a key initiative at the June session of the WCO Council Session, proposing that the WCO develop guidelines or standards for customs-business partnership. At last week’s meeting, the commission and members of the Private Sector Consultative Group discussed ways for customs administrations to further their private-sector engagement. Winkowski highlighted CBP’s partnership success with its Trade Transformation initiatives.
While in Dublin, Winkowski held a dozen bilateral meetings with his counterparts to advance strategic CBP initiatives. From capacity building to increased targeting cooperation and agreements, these discussions set the stage for CBP’s continued international engagement.
Finally, Winkowski met with Dublin Airport directors and emphasized CBP’s hope to increase automated passport processing. He also toured CBP preclearance operations at the airport and spoke to the CBP officers on duty and thanked them for their service.
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.