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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).

IFCBA at the WCO

The WCO has a busy calendar of meetings and this past week, its Trade Facilitation Agreement Working Group held its sessions.  IFCBA Past Chair Jaime King and IFCBA Secretary Carol West were in attendance.

For more details on the meeting, please read this article, which appeared in the WCO News today.

How Data Could Thwart Amazon's Freight Forwarding Ambitions

One of the world's most important tech investors has told the logistics industry that there is little cause for its worrying about the emergence of Amazon as a third-party logistics provider.
At last week's TPM conference in Long Beach, managing director at start-venture capital firm Felicis Ventures, Wesley Chan, said he doubted that many shippers would want to hand over the sort of product data they would need to if employing Amazon as their freight forwarder.

How an Army of Postmen is Turning China's Rural Stores into the World's Largest Retail Network

A billionaire investor, a data-crunching genius and thousands of local postmen... How China's small-town stores are undergoing a tech revolution.
Samson Yeung won't relent in connecting China's village stores until he's reached saturation. "A million stores would be a very good number to dominate the market," he says. As Ule's chief operating officer, Yeung is moving fast to build the world's most ambitious real-time retail-data network. 

Trade Facilitation Agreement Enters into Force

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached yesterday, 22 February 2017, when the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21-year history of the World Trade Organization, entered into force.

In receiving four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the WTO has obtained the two-thirds acceptance of the agreement from WTO's 164 members.