Australian workers plan border strike

Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection workers are to strike for a day, affecting travellers and freight nationally.


Shantanu Bhadkamkar (IFCBA Chairman), Carol West (IFCBA Secretary) and Jaime King (IFCBA Past Chairman) join Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, Deputy Secretary General Sergio Mujica, Asha Menon and colleagues at the meeting of the WCO Private Sector Consultative Group, Brussels,  July 12, 2016

WTO Launches a New Annual Statistical Publication on World Trade

The WTO has launched a new annual statistical publication, the World Trade Statistical Review. This new publication provides insights into how world trade has evolved in recent years by analysing the latest trade statistics within an economic context.

WTO Trade Policy Review: China

The sixth review of the trade policies and practices of China takes place on 20 and 22 July 2016. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of China.

The TPR documents are available on the WTO website at

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has been added to the WCO Comparative Study on Preferential Rules of Origin

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was signed on 4 February 2016 and it is the first of the so-called ‘mega-regional’ free trade agreements (FTAs), a term which refers to deep integration between countries, or regions with a major share of world trade and foreign direct investment (FDI). The 12 Parties to the Agreement are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States of America, and Viet Nam.

WTO launches new World Trade Outlook Indicator

The WTO has launched a new World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI) designed to provide “real time” information on trends in global trade. The WTOI was unveiled in Shanghai, China on 8 July, ahead of a meeting of G20 trade ministers.

What does Brexit mean for trade?

The fallout from the United Kingdom's vote on European Union membership, in which the 'Leave' campaign won a narrow victory, will have a wide range of repercussions that are difficult to assess in terms of scope, duration and size. The initial impact of this result has been global, and uncertainty remains a part of the post-vote reality.

Latest edition of WCO News now available

The WCO has published the 80th edition of WCO News, the Organization’s flagship magazine aimed at the global Customs community.

This edition features a special dossier on illicit trade which gathers together articles focusing on the trafficking in various commodities such as cultural goods, small arms, fisheries products and pesticides, as well as articles highlighting the tools and technologies that can contribute to enhancing Customs enforcement capabilities.

WTO report: “G20 trade restrictions reach highest monthly level since the crisis”

The WTO’s fifteenth trade monitoring report on G20 trade measures, issued on 21 June, shows the application of new trade-restrictive measures by G20 economies increased compared to the previous reporting period, reaching the highest monthly average registered since the WTO began its monitoring exercise in 2009.

2016 World Conference Presentations

We are pleased to offer access to all the presentations from the 2016 IFCBA World Conference (Shanghai, China) in the attached