Customs Brokers has signed the “Customs Brokers Ethical Values Statement” on January 26th International Customs Day with the attendance of Customs and Commerce Minister, Hayati Yazıcı. In addition to the bureaucrats of Customs and Commerce Ministry, representatives of NGOs and moguls of business world were in attendance during the signing ceremony at the İstanbul Grand Cevahir Hotel.
İstanbul Customs Brokers Association Chairman of the Board Turhan Gündüz, who gave a speech at the ceremony, stated “In 2012, 89% of import operations and 87% of export operations have been completed through a customs broker. We customs brokers, who intermediate such a big foreign trade volume, shoulder a heavy responsibility. We have always worked knowing this responsibility. We have taken important roles in protecting the commercial interests of our country. We have become the insurance of a secure commerce. The Ethical Values Statement that we signed today is a sign that we are working according to ethical values, that we will continue to work that way and that we will make every effort to ensure the ethical culture is established in the customs community. I would like to emphasize as customs brokers; it is our greatest wish that our shareholders are also sensitive in areas such as ensuring employees’ view of their profession, removing unethical conducts and creating an ethical management culture. I hope that Customs Brokers Ethical Values Statement will bring good fortune and good luck to our colleagues, our customs community and our business world.”
Customs and Commerce Minister Hayati Yazıcı, who gave a speech at the ceremony, stated “No matter how many precautions we take as lawmakers and policy makers, every day we encounter new methods in illegal trade. Customs brokers have an important mission to determine those methods and to fight the illegal trade as the guardians of ethical commerce. That’s why I wholeheartedly support your efforts on ethical values. I also would like to give you some good news. I believe that the 6 years period required for becoming a customs broker, which I consider a career job, is too long. We will be decreasing the period in this area with the proposal that I’m working on.”
Customs and Commerce Minister Hayati Yazıcı had his photo taken with the first 250 Customs Brokers, who have signed the Customs Brokers Ethical Statement.