Approximately 100 participants including Director Generals and Commissioners of Customs administrations from 37 ASEM countries and organizations met at the 7th ASEM Customs DG Commissioner Meeting to discuss common issues facing Customs administrations of Asia and Europe.

The meeting, entitled “Securing and Facilitating Trade, Protection of Intellectual Property Rights, International Customs Cooperation”, was the first ASEM Customs DG-Commissioner Meeting held in Japan.

The 7th Meeting of the ASEM Directors-General and Commissioners of Customs took place in Yokohama, Japan (12-13 November 2007).

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.