2016 IFCBA World Conference

The 2016 IFCBA World Conference, "Facilitating Trade Through the Customs-Business Connection", will take place from May 17 - 21, in Shanghai, China. Please click here to register, and for more conference details!

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

Ms. Carol West, CSCB President and IFCBA Secretary was recently interviewed on the evolving role of customs brokers in the trade chain, conducted by the Cross-border Research Association (CBRA) based out of Switzerland.

Hi Carol, and thanks for joining a CBRA Interview – can you first tell a bit who are you and what you do?

I am the President of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers and the Secretary of the International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations, IFCBA. My office is in Ottawa, Canada. I have spent my professional life in the world of Customs, border management and trade facilitation. I am an advocate for the value and importance of customs brokers and I am passionate about the possibilities of Customs-business partnership, in Canada and worldwide. I believe strongly that building knowledge, investing in technology and managing relationships are critical to effective border management.

Please click here for the full interview.

The IFCBA would like to wish you a happy International Customs Day!

The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, heralds 2016 as the Year of Digital Customs. At this year’s IFCBA World Conference being held in May, the impact of new technologies on trade practices will be an important topic for your businesses. Join us for this unique opportunity to advance your customs knowledge!

The IFCBA is proud to represent such an innovative group of organizations, companies and individuals.

The WCO statement by Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, is available on the WCO website.

The 2016 IFCBA World Conference, Facilitating Trade Through the Customs-Business Connection, will take place from May 17-21 at the WH Ming Hotel in Shanghai, China. Please click here to view conference details and to complete your registration.

Our conference hosts, the China Customs Brokers Association, are very eager to welcome colleagues, old and new, to the fabulous city of Shanghai.  The IFCBA has planned an engaging conference program with a series of timely and expert-led sessions.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to advance your Customs knowledge and make new business connections while enjoying the best of Shanghai, a location guaranteed to create many special memories.

Government of India notified Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2015 and Draft Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition & Restriction on Sale) Amendment Regulation, 2015 to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The deadline for comments for WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) committee members is January 31, 2016; in addition, the deadline for comments for WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) committee members is March 4, 2016.

This has been excerpted from a 13 January 2016 news release by the USDA and is available in its entirety at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/data/india-wto-notified-draft-standards-milk-and...

KINGSTON, Jamaican (CMC) – Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo, is scheduled to arrive here on Sunday for an official visit at the invitation of the government of Jamaica.

Azevêdo’s visit is part of an initiative to visit several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, particularly those countries which have been active participants in the overall work programme of the WTO.

This has been excerpted from a 17 January 2016 news release by Jamaica Observer and is available in its entirety at: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/WTO-Director-General-pays-official-v...