The 5th Meeting of the ASEM Directors-General and Commissioners of Customs took place in Seoul, South Korea (30 Sept – 1 October 2003).

The ASEM Customs DG-Commissioners Meetings follow up on the agreement made between ASEM Leaders during the 1st ASEM Summit of Heads of State and Government (Bangkok, 1-2 March 1996).

ASEM Customs bureaus are to undertake facilitation and liberalization measures involving the simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures, to deal with illicit drug trafficking and to consider the development of closer co-operation in these areas among the Customs authorities in Asia and Europe.