The IFCBA congratulates Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki of the Japan Customs Brokers Association (JCBA)!

Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki, President of JCBA was awarded “the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” by His Majesty the Emperor at the Imperial Palace on 15th of November this year for having greatly contributed toward the advancement of customs brokerage in Japan.

11th WTO Ministerial Conference


Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference

The Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) took place from 10 to 13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was chaired by Minister Susana Malcorra of Argentina. The Conference ended with a number of ministerial decisions, including on fisheries subsidies and duties on electronic transmissions, and a commitment to continue negotiations in all areas.

Regarding e-commerce, the Ministerial Conference agreed to:

Ricardo Trevino Chapa Elected Deputy Secretary General of WCO

Ricardo Treviño Chapa, the current Administrator General of Mexico Customs, was elected Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) on 14 December 2017.

He will take up his post at the Secretariat on 1 January 2018.

Ge Jizhong Elected as Shanghai Association President

The IFCBA Secretariat is pleased to announce that Mr. Ge Jizhong, IFCBA Managing Director and local host of the IFCBA 2016 World Conference, has been elected as President of the Shanghai Customs Brokers Association. At the October 2017 meeting which was attended by hundreds of business representatives, Mr. Ge was chosen by attendees to lead the organization.  During the sessions, delegates discussed the continued development and promotion of customs brokers as trade facilitators who are positioned to make significant contributions to the One Belt, One Road Initiative.

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WCO 2018 Theme Announced

On November 9, 2017, World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya announced the WCO’s annual theme for 2018.  The IFCBA looks forward to continuing our work with the WCO as it further explores its critical role in economic development.  Following is the official announcement from the WCO.

World Customs Organization dedicates 2018 to building a secure business environment for economic development

09 November 2017

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IFCBA 2017 Seminar Series and Meetings

Registration is now open for the IFCBA 2017 Seminar Series and Meetings, 28-29 August in Bangkok, Thailand. Click here to view the program details.

WCO Meeting with the PSCG: IFCBA was there!

The meeting of the WCO’s Private Sector Consultative Group was held on July 3-4 in Brussels, followed by a joint meeting with the WCO Policy Commission.  The IFCBA delegation was composed of Carol West, IFCBA Secretary;  Jaime King, IFCBA Past Chair and Mary Jo Muoio, IFCBA representative from the United States NCBFAA.

Committee on Trade Facilitation meets for first time

WTO members gathered on 16 May for the inaugural meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation, the body responsible for overseeing implementation of the WTO’s historic Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).