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International Customs Day celebrated

January 25, 2016
Improving efficiency

Improving efficiency:  Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory So (fifth left) and Commissioner for Customs & Excise Roy Tang (fourth left) propose a toast at the 2016 International Customs Day reception.

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory So and Commissioner for Customs & Excise Roy Tang officiated at a cocktail reception today to celebrate 2016 International Customs Day.


Echoing the World Customs Organisation theme of "Digital Customs: Progressive Engagement" this year, Mr So said information and communications technology is important in spurring economic growth and development.


He noted that Hong Kong Customs has continuously applied information technology to refine its services and achieve global connectivity, and praised its endeavours in improving efficiency, strengthening Hong Kong's status as an international trading and logistics hub.


Mr Tang said Hong Kong Customs has extensively applied advanced technology in clearance and enforcement systems for simplifying clearance procedures and combating crime. It is dedicated to providing e-customer services to allow greater transparency and predictability in Customs procedures.


At the reception, Mr So presented World Customs Organisation Certificates of Merit to officers who made significant contributions towards digital upgrades for the department.

Data Gov HK