The theme of World Customs Organization for International Customs Day and 2019 is ’Smart Borders’. This is a timely theme I fully support since I have worked with the topic and launched the SmartBorders 2.0 and 2.1 as a solution for UK-EU borders post-Brexit. There is no doubt that this is an area that will be in focus this year and beyond.

Here is the announcement from the Secretary General of WCO, my old colleague Dr. Kunio Mikuriya

Sweden is third in the new survey “The Good Country Index”, where countries are judged on the basis of how much benefit they make in the world.

The idea of the Good Country Index is simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organisations, we’ve given each country a balance-sheet to show at a glance whether it’s a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between.

It is the fourth time that “The Good Country Index” is published. The measurements show how countries in relation to their population make the most benefit to humanity and at the same time burden the environment as little as possible.

Sweden came in third in the latest survey published on Wednesday. The countries are compared according to 35 different parameters, which are based on data from the UN and other international organizations.

Sweden’s foremost position is a second place in health and well-being, where parameters such as food aid, pharmaceutical exports and humanitarian aid donations are included. In the category of culture, Sweden is in fifth place, where press freedom and freedom of movement are at the top. Sweden has two seventh placements in exports and the planet and climate.

153 states are included in the survey. Finland is ranked first and Ireland second in the index this year.

From 2014 to 2016 we in KGH helped Australian Government to design, develop and implement a new modern Trusted Trader (AEO) programme.

We won the tender for the The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in open competition with all the large consulting companies.

In 2016 the Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) programme was launched and 400 companies registered applications flr the programme the first weekend.

Today Australian Border Force (ABF) had made the programme one of the leading in the world.

The success contiues.