Thailand indicates interest in joining CPTPP

This article was written and published by Reuters March 29, 2018


Thailand wants to join CPTPP trade pact this year: deputy PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand aims to seek membership in a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement this year, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday.

New Customs Consultant Museum in Istanbul

Customs Consultant / Broker Museum Opens in Istanbul

The IFCBA is happy to share news of a museum in Istanbul that will greatly interest IFCBA members. The Istanbul Customs Consultants Association has completed the first phase of work on its Customs Consultant  Museum which they think is the first in the world. Use this link to take a tour.

Congratulations to our colleagues in Istanbul!!

HS Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

To mark the occasion of the Harmonized System’s 30th anniversary, ICBA Secretary Carol West, on behalf of all members, has written the following letter to Mr. Liu Ping, Director of the Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate, WCO.

Dear Mr. Liu,

Congratulations and best wishes to you and your team on this important anniversary at the WCO – the 30th anniversary of the Harmonized System!

The First Global Cross-Border E-Commerce Conference

The First Global Cross-Border E-Commerce Conference was held February 9-10 in Beijing. The conference was co-organized by the World Customs Organization and China Customs with almost 2,000 participants from various regions of the world.  

IFCBA Secretary Carol West was asked to speak on one of the breakout panel sessions as a co-lead for the Trade Facilitation and Simplification sub-group of the WCO Working Group on E-Commerce. To listen to her comments, please click here

2018 World Conference

2018 IFCBA World Conference in Manila, Philippines

The 2018 IFCBA World Conference will take place from Monday, May 28, starting with our Board of Directors meeting, through Thursday, May 31 in Manila, Philippines.   Join us as we explore the conference theme, “Redefining Global Trade Practices: A Conference for Customs Brokers and their Trade Partners”.  Please note that while the conference will formally end with a closing event on the evening of Wednesday, May 30 there will be optional, add-on day excursions planned for May 31.   

WCO discusses Framework of Standards on eCommerce

IFCBA representatives participated in last week's meetings of the WCO E-Commerce Sub-Groups. 

These groups held face-to-face meetings at the WCO headquarters in Brussels from 23 to 25 January 2018, bringing together more than 125 delegates from Customs administrations, other government agencies, international organizations, e-vendors/platforms, express service providers, postal operators, freight forwarders, customs brokers and academia to discuss and develop a ‘Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce’.

International Customs Day

The IFCBA recognizes and actively supports the important leadership role of the World Customs Organization (WCO).  At this time, the ongoing work of the WCO’s eCommerce Working Group is top of mind and a highly relevant example of the WCO’s theme this year’ “A secure business environment for economic development”.

Today we all acknowledge the critical roles  of the WCO and our national Customs administrations in both global and national economic development.

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: