Integrity in customs: Taking stock of good practices
The G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group requested the OECD to prepare a Compendium of good practices to strengthen integrity in customs, based on a questionnaire developed under the leadership of Mexico.
This is an important endeavour by both the G20 and the OECD, as customs administrations play an essential role in facilitating global trade while reinforcing integrity in cross-border exchanges and collecting public revenue. Evidence shows that addressing lack of integrity in customs can create significant benefits for the public and private sectors, as well as society as a whole.
G20 countries’ responses to the questionnaire and the follow-up discussions with customs administrations’ staff have shown the extent of the progress achieved by G20 countries, while pointing at potential areas that could be further strengthened. Some of the main findings highlight significant progress in the following areas:
POTENTIAL FOR IMPROVEMENT
However, there are areas where G20 customs administrations could achieve further progress, including through:
The OECD remains committed to support the implementation of good integrity practices by providing adapted guidance and supporting carving out every step of the implementation process, building on the foundations of a comprehensive integrity system that is essential to building a culture of integrity within customs. This Compendium will constitute one of the cornerstones of future work on customs integrity by the OECD.