The WCO 72nd Session of the Policy Commission was held at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, Recife, Brazil from 8th to 10th December 2014. Twenty eight countries, 3 observers and also the Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG) members attended the Meeting. The Asia-Pacific Region was represented by Malaysia (WCO Asia-Pacific Vice-Chair), India, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Singapore, Thailand and Australia (Chairperson of the Audit Committee). The Meeting was chaired by the Chairperson of the Council, Mr. Zouhair Chorfi from Morocco.

Between 23 and 24 October 2014, the WCO Asia/Pacific (A/P) Vice-Chair (Royal Malaysian Customs Department) and Hong Kong Customs co-hosted a Core Group Meeting on Project CADS to devise a Concept Note for serving as a blue print for the implementation of the Customs Anti-drug Strategy (CADS).

On 9th December 2014, the Government of Malaysia and the Government of United States of America signed an MoU on Mutual Assistance on Customs Matters. The objective of the MoU was to strengthen, promote and develop cooperation and mutual assistance on matters pertaining to Customs between both parties and to strengthen mutual understanding and communications.

The 26th Administrative Meeting of National Contact Points (NCP) of World Customs Organizations (WCO) Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO AP) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka between 11 and 13 November 2014 sponsored by Sri Lanka Customs. The meeting was attended by 30 delegates from 17 Member administrations, six delegates from international organizations such as WCO, RILO ECE, RILO ME, RILO WE, ROCB AP and UNEP ROAP and one Israel Customs Attaché in Beijing as an observer.

The Director General of Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Dato’ Sri Khazali bin Ahmad representing the Government of Malaysia signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) programs between the Government of Malaysia and the Customs Administration of Japan  on Friday (27th June 2014) at the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

The 15th World Customs Organization (WCO) Asia/Pacific Regional Heads of Customs Administration Conference was held in Port Douglas, Australia from 29 April - 2 May 2014.