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International Customs Day

Annually held on January 26, International Customs Day (ICD) recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security. It focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs.

Red stop sign at the border between countries.
Red stop and customs signs at the border between countries.
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Celebrate International Customs Day

Custom agencies hold employee appreciation events where custom officers are recognized for their exemplary service. Workshops, conferences and talks that focus on the year’s theme and the challenges that agencies and officers face are also held.

Several agencies also hold public outreach events where they educate the public about their jobs and responsibilities.

Public Life

International Customs Day is not an official holiday and businesses, schools and government offices are open on this day.

About International Customs Day

Instituted by the World Customs Organization (WCO), International Customs Day is held on January 26, which commemorates the day in 1953 when the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) was held in Brussels, Belgium. Seventeen European countries attended this session. In 1994 the CCC was renamed World Customs Organization (WCO) and today custom organizations from 179 countries are WCO members.

International Customs Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SatJan 262013International Customs DayWorldwide observance
SunJan 262014International Customs DayWorldwide observance
MonJan 262015International Customs DayWorldwide observance
TueJan 262016International Customs DayWorldwide observance
ThuJan 262017International Customs DayWorldwide observance
FriJan 262018International Customs DayWorldwide observance
SatJan 262019International Customs DayWorldwide observance
SunJan 262020International Customs DayWorldwide observance

Quick Facts

International Customs Day celebrates custom personnel and agencies worldwide.

International Customs Day 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

International Customs Day 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
International Customs DayEnglish
Día Internacional de AduanasSpanish
היום בינלאומי מכסHebrew
يوم الجمارك الدوليةArabic
국제 관세의 날Korean
Internasjonal toll-dagNorwegian
WeltzolltagGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on January 26, 2018

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