Centre for Customs and Excise Studies

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Education services are the second largest export earner in the ACT, and there are few local organisations with more influence in their industry than the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) based at the University of Canberra.

The ACT may not be the most obvious choice when it comes to finding exporters, but the CCESis just one example of the many strong export businesses that have been acknowledged over the years as part of the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards.

In 2008, the CCES was named Exporter of the Year at the ACT Export Awards, before going on to win the Education and Training Award at the national level. In 2010 CCES was further recognised by being inducted into the ACT Exporters’ Hall of Fame.

Offering educational services throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, CCES also founded and publishes the World Customs Journal.

David Widdowson, CEO of the CCES said the Awards were a great way to acknowledge the hard work of the Centre’s staff.

“The Awards provide an excellent way of showcasing the organisation. They also provide a perfect forum to publicly recognise your staff for their valuable contribution to the organisation’s success and to celebrate their collective achievements ,” Professor Widdowson said.

He said the CCES had been a proud sponsor in previous years, as the concept was something the whole team believed in.

“We think the ACT has a lot to offer the national export market, particularly in regards to education. We just hope other businesses and organisations take the leap, apply for the awards, and are able to enjoy the benefits we enjoyed in 2008 and subsequent years.”

The ACT Chief Minister's Export Awards are an initiative of the ACT Government, managed and delivered by the Canberra Business Council.

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