Canada Celebrates International Customs Day

Canada Celebrates International Customs Day

On January 26th, the world will be celebrating International Customs Day.  This year, as the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Secretary-General Kunio Mikuriya revealed, the celebration will focus on promoting data analysis under the slogan “Data Analysis for Effective Border Management.” This means the global organization will encourage governments from different member-nations to utilize all the information gathered by the country’s customs agency for better results, improved service, and increased security in all ports of entry, be they domestic or international.  

Without a doubt, Canada will be part of it. And it should be. Canada, as the closest country to the US with regards to distance and culture, has become more attractive to Americans since Donald Trump became the latest US presidential election candidate and more especially when he won the coveted position.  Long before he assumed office, Americans already expressed their desire to move to the Great White North should a Trump victory become a reality. The Canadian government's immigration website crashed on election night, and IT experts said that most of the traffic came from the US. "In the hours just after Trump's victory was called, Americans were searching for jobs in Canada at ten times the rate of previous nights," Jed Kolko, an economist working for the website, said, as reported by The Washington Post.

Canadian visa applications from the US were expected to increase after Trump’s immigration. And it has. Canada is a perfect “alternative country” for those who are anxious about human rights violations and inequality echoed by the new US president’s first and would-be policies. Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau is a self-confessed feminist and has filled his speeches with keyphrases that either allude to or directly define equality, globalization, embracing multiculturalism, and respect. 

Nevertheless, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has expressed concern. While the possible influx of Americans could be a direct answer to its very own job market and talent woes, it could also pose another problem: a better, more efficient system that could support the increasing foreign citizen arrival. After all, it has not only opened itself to Americans, but also to everyone else. Its unique refugee system, now gaining the envy of the world, means that it would admit more people from terror-stricken nations.

Experts from Ottawa have mentioned that the problem goes beyond migration. It also involves issues such as trade, which directly affect the workings of the port of entries between Canada from the US. Surely, one of them told The New York Times, there would be a lot of changes in the near future, and Canada should be prepared. The WCO’s call to enhance data analysis speaks volumes. “Simply collecting data for its own sake, however, is not sufficient and Customs administrations may face the risk of being overwhelmed with an avalanche of data. Data only has value when it is used effectively and efficiently,” it said in a statement. 
For Mikuriya, all governments must be reminded to put data analysis at the center of policy and strategic thinking; coupling it with acquiring cutting-edge technologies for tangible results and training more people to collect and analyze all the gathered information and act on data-driven insights.

On the one hand, celebrations like this remind people that they need to know about it too and that the governments must to put security and service on top of its priority list. On the other, it serves as a friendly reminder for governments that their people are privy to their responsibilities. The good thing about Canada is that its government is the type that listens and delivers. So all Canadians win.

Book a consultation with one of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants if you have any questions or concerns about obtaining a Canadian visa. 


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