Improving Customs Administrations in Guatemala, El Salvador, St. Lucia, Bolivia and Peru

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), led a six-year (2004-2011) customs capacity building project in Guatemala, El Salvador, St. Lucia, Bolivia and Peru.

The project was a response to assessments conducted in cooperation with customs administrations and stakeholders from these countries, which had underlined the need for increased efficiencies.  Using the World Customs Organization framework of standards to secure and facilitate global trade as basis for review, the CBSA teams worked with customs officials in each country to examine current operational and strategic management practices. The capacity building support provided helped participating administrations modernize and improve their capacity to become more efficient in administering, facilitating, and securing trade.

CBSA’s particular collaboration with Guatemala in the area of ethics and integrity has been recognized as a model for customs cooperation in the region.