2015 IFCBA Board of Directors Meeting

This year, the IFCBA will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.  A very special Board meeting and social event has been planned for May 18-19, 2015 in Brussels at the WCO Headquarters. For Board Members interested in attending, please click here for more 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

Attendees at the IFCBA 25th Anniversary meetings pose for a photograph with Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General on May 18, 2015.

An innovative solution for managing traffic queues at international borders is the winner of the 2015 Transport Achievement Award offered by the International Transport Forum at the OECD. The award recognises demonstrated achievement of excellence in transport provision that has improved, enabled or facilitated tourism.

GoSwift, an Estonian public-private partnership, allows pre-booking of time slots and virtual queueing for border crossings via the web, a call centre or self-service terminals. Better use of the capacity of border crossing points and more efficient journey planning for trucks and tourists are just two of the immediate benefits.

This has been excerpted from the 18 May 2015 edition of Canadian Shipper and is available in its entirety at:
http://www.canadianshipper.com/transportation-and-logistics/smart-border-crossing-point-wins-global-transport-award/1003366966/?utm_source=CTL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CTL-EN05192015

This article describes changes to the customs broker profession in the European Union (EU) and particularly in Poland as a result of proposed legal reforms. It suggests that customs brokers should have expertise not only in customs-related matters but also in facilitating international trade, supply chains, financing and financial operations, security matters and compliance. The author indicates that, by now, customs brokers should have realised the potential of the legal reforms enabling Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status to overcome the barriers to providing customs services in other EU Member States. In this regard, the article addresses the challenges to be faced in relation to mutual recognition of qualifications needed to practise as a customs broker in the EU Member States.

This has been excerpted from an article by Ewa Gwardzinska in the World Customs Journal and is available in its entirety at:
https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/5a2b4c3c-f650-45c0-aa43-1afb025ac024

The Correlation Tables between the 2012 version and the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS) are an essential device for preparation of new national Customs tariffs and a trade statistical classification based upon the HS Nomenclature 2017 Edition; modification of HS-based international Nomenclatures such as the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC); and preparations for possible WTO negotiations.

This has been excerpted from a 6 May 2015 news release by the World Customs Organization and is available in its entirety at:
http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2015/may/wco-publishes-the-correlation-tables-between-the-2012-and-2017.aspx

The seventh review of the trade policies and practices of Australia takes place on 21 and 23 April 2015. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Australia.

Documents are available on the World Trade Organization website at:
https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/tp412_e.htm