Partners in Border Security and
Trade Facilitation

As part of ongoing efforts to forge closer relationships with partner agencies, Singapore Customs invited Mr Clarence Yeo, Commissioner of Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and his senior management to visit Singapore Customs headquarters on
27 August 2012.

Commissioner of ICA Clarence Yeo (seated, fourth from the left) and his senior management team paid a visit to Singapore Customs on 27 August 2012.

During the visit hosted by Director- General of Customs Fong Yong Kian and members of the senior management team, representatives from Customs and ICA discussed issues of mutual interest and Singapore Customs shared on its work plans for the current financial year.

Singapore Customs and ICA enjoy a very close and significant partnership that extends to multiple aspects of both agencies' work. This leadership visit is one of the ways in which the two agencies share perspectives, expertise and experiences.

After the reconstitution of the Customs and Excise Department in 2003, ICA became the agency responsible for the security of Singapore's borders against the entry of undesirable persons and cargo through Singapore's air, land and sea checkpoints, and performs immigration and registration functions.

On the other hand, Singapore Customs became the lead agency on trade facilitation and revenue enforcement, responsible for implementing customs and trade-related enforcement measures.

Given their complementary roles, the two agencies have been working closely to ensure that Singapore has a seamless customs and checkpoints regime.

An efficient and progressive customs and checkpoints system is the key ingredient in a global trade and logistics hub like Singapore. Earlier this year, Singapore topped international rankings such as World Bank's Logistics Performance Index and the World Economic Forum's Enabling Trade Index. This would not have been possible without the continued commitment of partner agencies to work closely with one another.

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