About Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) Secretariat
The Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) was established by Heads of Oceania Customs Administrations in August 1998 to promote efficiency and effectiveness in all aspects of Regional Customs Administrations. The OCO has a membership of 23 countries and territories from the Pacific region, and its principal activity is facilitating and where appropriate helping member administrations align with customs international standards and best practice, leading to greater economic prosperity and increased border security within the Oceania region.
The ultimate objective of OCO is to assist its Member administrations to develop the following core capabilities:
- Sound legal framework;
- Intelligence-based risk and information management;
- Modern procedures, techniques, technology and equipment;
- Strategic partnerships – Government and business;
- Professional organisation – capabilities and culture.
This will be based on a modernisation framework that will be driven by Customs leadership and include updated legislation, best practice, a culture of integrity and excellence, modern IT systems enabling single window applications and a communications and information sharing strategy that links Members together.