Leading Spanish Customs since 2012
Throughout my career I have assumed various responsibilities in the customs field and have contributed to the ongoing modernization of the EU Customs Union.
From 2008 to 2012
From 2004 to 2008
From 2002 to 2004
From 1999 to 2002
From 1998 to 1999
From 1995 to 1998
From 1994 to 2000
From 1993 to 1995
Driving innovation based on detailed knowledge of the customs reality and challenges
Thanks to my direct experience, I have sound knowledge of customs procedures, excise, investigation, enforcement and risk analysis at international level.
As Director General for Customs and Excise bears, within the Tax Agency Administration, I’m the overall responsibility for the Spanish Customs Administration, defining national policies in the area of customs and excise, managing the organization, and ensuring that it fulfils its objectives and missions. Seven Deputy Directors assist me in performing my tasks. Around 3,600 customs officers work for the Customs and Excise Administration spread in 31 Customs offices and 15 regional offices. In 2016, Spanish Customs dealt with more than 15,000,000 containers at its seaports and with around 800,000 metric tonnes at its airports.
Being Spain a Member State of the European Union (EU), I assure that the Spanish Customs Administration works in close cooperation with the other EU Members States Administrations and contributes to the design, development and implementation of EU strategic initiatives. I represent Spain in the EU at the highest level on customs matters.
The Spanish Customs and Excise Administration is primarily responsible, in the Spanish territory, for the supervision of the EU’s international trade, thereby contributing to a fair and open trade, to the implementation of the EU’s common trade policy and of the other EU’s common policies having a bearing on trade, and to overall supply chain security. Among other competences, it puts in place measures aimed at protecting the financial interests of the EU and its Member States; protecting the EU from unfair and illegal trade while supporting legitimate business activity; ensuring the security and safety of the EU and its residents, and the protection of the environment, where appropriate in close cooperation with other authorities; and maintaining a proper balance between customs controls and facilitation of legitimate trade.
I have developed an organization that focuses on clients, fostering a digital environment for customs operators with almost 100% of customs declarations submitted electronically, and establishing a one-stop initiative.
At the international level, I represent the Spanish Customs Administration at its highest level in International Organizations and fora, such as the World Customs Organization, COMALEP (Latin America, Spain and Portugal Customs Multilateral Convention), the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) and CCLEC (Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council) and the ASEM (Asia-Europe meeting).