The 6th Meeting of the ASEM Working Group on Customs Matters (AWC) was held back-to-back with the 3rd ASEM Customs-Trade Day.

On 18-19 September 2012, the Thai Customs Department hosted the 6th Meeting of the ASEM Working Group on Customs Matters Meeting (AWC) at the Le Meridian Grand Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand. This Meeting was chaired by Mr.Tanat Suvattanametakul, Deputy Director-General of Thai Customs. In addition, the ASEM Customs-Trade-Day, focusing on Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) was also organized back to back with the 6th AWC meeting on 17 September 2012, with the key objective to enhance the partnership between Customs and private sectors.

The 6th AWC Meeting brought together 48 representatives from 27 the ASEM members as well as international organizations: the European Commission as well as the World Customs Organization (WCO). The Meeting focused on four priority areas, namely Trade Facilitation and Security Supply Chain, Combating Counterfeiting and Customs IPR Enforcement, Protecting the Society and the Environment, including Involving Business. In addition, 40 participants from private sectors also attended the ASEM Customs Trade Day.

It is expected that the Meeting would enhance the excellent cooperation of two regions between Asia and Europe. It also strengthens the existing good relationship and supports Asia and Europe co-operation to move forward through the 21st century.