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International Customs co-operation vital: Prosser

CO-OPERATION between Customs services worldwide was vital to stem the flow of illegal cross-border transactions, the Minister responsible for Customs, Geoff Prosser, said today (WED).

Speaking to the ninth meeting of the Customs International Executive Management Program (CIEMP), Mr Prosser said the 15 CIEMP participants from overseas should put a premium on forging links with other countries.

"Smuggling does not respect borders - the illegal trade in drugs, wildlife and other lucrative commodities has tentacles spread across the world," he said.

"The stronger the links between Customs Services, the more effective we can be in stopping criminals before their activities can harm the community."

The month-long CIEMP course this year includes senior Customs officers from China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Vietnam and Western Samoa

"The Australian Customs Service considers the CIEMP course very important in promoting cooperation within the region, as it identifies common management concerns within regional Customs administrations and develops and increases co-operation between administrations," Mr Prosser said.

This year's CIEMP course includes sessions on personnel and financial management, leadership, change management, developing staff to tackle future challenges, managing high performance teams and presentation skills.

Further information:

Simon Troeth, Minister's Office, 06 277 7790 or 0419 412 715

Mark Harrison, National Manager, Executive Support, Australian Customs Service,

06 275 6078