About Us

Map of WCO ESA region membership


The WCO East and Southern Africa Region consist of 24 Member Countries; Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia , South Africa, South Sudan, eSwatini, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Ensuring economic growth and intra-regional trade by facilitating trade securely, efficiently and professionally.

Purpose statement

To develop gender inclusive, professional and modernized Customs administrations that are fair, efficient and effective in revenue collection and border management service.


To contribute to the economic growth of the Region in trade, security, societal protection and human capital development.


• Transparency
• Probity
• Commitment
• Responsibility
• Respect
• Cooperation

Strategic Rationale & Outlook

The Strategy builds on the past successes and the new strategy therefore responds to deepening regional integration through trade facilitation, revenue collection, protection of the society and enhancing human capital development and integrity in the 24 ESA Member administrations through effective coordination and delivery by the ESA Regional Office for Capacity Building and Regional Training Centres supported by the Vice Chair’s Office.