May 28, 2020

UK House of Commons – first virtual hearing

Centre for Customs and Excise Studies CEO, Professor David Widdowson, recently took part in the very first UK House of Commons ‘virtual’ hearing when the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee conducted its enquiry into post-Brexit Northern Ireland customs arrangements. The enquiry focused on customs arrangements for goods moving in both directions between Northern Ireland and Great Britain under the revised Northern […]
March 27, 2020


CCES sends its best wishes to all of its current and former students, and all of its colleagues and friends in the customs and trade community in this very difficult time, and urges everyone to closely monitor the advice from the relevant experts.  Many of you will be required on the front line processing passengers and crew, whilst others will be helping to facilitate […]
January 26, 2020

International Customs Day

January 26th is International Customs Day, and each year the WCO chooses a theme for the  year ahead. The WCO is dedicating 2020 to the contribution of Customs towards a sustainable future where social, economic, health and environmental needs are at the heart of our actions, with the slogan ‘Customs Fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet’. Learn more here.
February 20, 2019

CCES Contributes to New Illicit Tobacco Resource

(Photo courtesy of Australian Border Force) The World Bank has just released its new publication Confronting Illicit Tobacco Trade: A Global Review of Country Experiences in which a number of countries have shared their experiences in terms of combating the illicit tobacco trade.  The launch coincides with the recent entry into force of the World Health Organisation’s Protocol to Eliminate […]
January 27, 2019

Australia Day 2019 Award 

On the 26th of January 2019 it was announced that Professor David Widdowson, Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, was awarded membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to higher education in the field of international trade and customs. The Order of Australia is an honour and award that celebrates […]
January 26, 2019

International Customs Day

January 26th is International Customs Day, and each year the WCO chooses a theme for the  year ahead. The WCO is dedicating 2019 to the swift and smooth cross-border movement of goods, people and means of transport under the slogan “SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport”. Click here to read more.  
November 2, 2018

OCO PACER PLUS Rule of Origin Training

CCES is pleased to be delivering training on Rules of Origin (ROO) under the PACER Plus agreement. The training is on behalf of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) and by funded DFAT (Australia) and MFAT (New Zealand). The initial group comprises 19 students from 11 pacific island countries. The training is the first part of the OCO Professional Standards Framework […]
May 23, 2018

Visit by Indonesian Customs and Excise, Finance Education and Training Agency

On 17 October 2017, the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES), Charles Sturt University (CSU), was visited by a delegation from Indonesia, which included representatives of the Directorate General of Customs and Excise, Finance Education and Training Agency and representatives of State Finance Polytechnic of STAN. The full Indonesian delegation comprised eight delegates: Astera Primanto Bhakti, Head of Finance […]
January 11, 2018

Risk Management in Central Asia

CCES is pleased to announce that it has been engaged by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) to develop and deliver a risk management training program for Customs Officers in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan). The project commenced in December with two CCES staff visiting Astana, Bishkek, Dushanbe and Tashkent to undertake a Training Needs Analysis. A […]