2014 IFCBA World Conference

The International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations held its bi-annual world conference "Celebrating 25 Years of Trade Facilitation through Expertise and Innovation" in Seoul, Korea from May 13-17, 2014. Please click here for the press release and for the new IFCBA executive team. 

About the IFCBA

The IFCBA has been representing the interests of the worlds' customs brokers and their clients since 1990. Many of our member associations have been involved in similar activities within their own countries for nearly a century. » more

Recent News

Amendments to the HS Nomenclature that will enter into force on 1 January 2017.

The WCO has published the accepted amendments to the Harmonized System (HS) Nomenclature that will enter into force on 1 January 2017. It includes 233 sets of amendments, divided as follows : agricultural sector 85; chemical sector 45; wood sector 13; textile sector 15; base metal sector 6; machinery sector 25; transport sector 18; other sectors 26.

Environmental and social issues of global concern are the major feature of the HS 2017 amendments. The majority of these changes to the HS have been broached by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

This has been excerpted from a January 2015 announcement by the World Customs Organization and is available in its entirety at:

On January 16, 2015, the Bureau of Industry and Security published a rule in the Federal Register to implement some of the changes in Cuba policy that the President announced on December 17, 2014. The rule makes changes to License Exceptions GFT and CCD and also creates a new license exception Support for the Cuban People (SCP). Additionally it covers case-by-case licensing policy for items for environmental protection of U.S. and international air quality, waters and coastlines. This was published simultaneously with a rule amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations of the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

This is from a 22 January 2015 news item by Integration Point. Read more here:

January 1, the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has become effective. The Treaty confirms the creation of an economic union that provides for free movement of goods, services, capital and labor and pursues coordinated, harmonized and single policy in the sectors determined by the document and international agreements within the Union.

The Treaty on the EEU was signed by the Presidents of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation on May 29, 2014, in Astana. Apart from the three states, the Union members will also include the Republic of Armenia that signed Treaty on Accession to the Union on October 10, 2014 and the Kyrgyz Republic that signed similar Treaty on December 23, 2014.

This has been excerpted from a 20 January 2015 news item by the Eurasian Economic Commission and is available in its entirety at:

On Wednesday January 21, 2015, the US Department of Commerce announced large preliminary anti-dumping duties on certain passenger vehicle and light-truck tires manufactured in China. Claiming that Chinese tire producers are dumping their product into the US market, the Commerce Department will begin collecting anti-dumping duties of between 19.17% and 87.99% on the tires, depending on the producer/exporter. For some producer/exporters, the duties will be applied retroactively to cover the previous 90 days, the department said.

This is from a 22 January 2015 news item by Integration Point. Read more here:

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) plans to automate the accreditation process for importers and customs brokers as part of its priority programs for 2015.

BIR identified 27 priority programs "intended to help the Bureau in attaining its revenue target" of P1.72 trillion in 2015.

This has been excerpted from the 20 January 2015 issue of PortCalls Asia and is available in its entirety at: