Classification decisions taken at the 57th Session of the Harmonized System Committee have been released

The WCO Harmonized System Committee (HSC) held its 57th Session from 9 to 18 March 2016 at the WCO headquarters in Brussels. The decisions taken by the HSC during this Session have now been published on the WCO website. 

Publication of the WCO Study Report on Customs Brokers

The WCO is pleased to inform of the publication of the newly developed Study Report on Customs Brokers. The Study Report provides a general background and overview of Customs Brokers’ role in the international supply chain together with some suggested policy and organisational considerations on Customs Brokers regime and a model checklist for licensing/regulating brokers.

Additionally, the Report provides a range of cooperation opportunities between Customs and Brokers including the joint capacity building.

WCO attends the Shanghai World Conference of the International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations (IFCBA)

We were pleased to welcome special guest Mr. Sergio Mujica of the World Customs Organization at this year's IFCBA World Conference in Shanghai. Please visit the WCO website for an article relating to his visit and continue to watch as more news and photos of the conference will be coming soon!

Version 3.6.0 of the WCO Data Model has been released

The WCO, under its Data Model Project Team (DMPT), has successfully finalized the production of the version 3.6.0 of the WCO Data Model, a collection of international standards on data and information required not only by Customs, but also by government agencies, developed with the objective of achieving a consensus on the manner in which data will be used in applying regulatory facilitation and controls in global trade.

Last chance to register for IFCBA 2016 World Conference in Shanghai

Although the registration deadline has passed for those who require a visa to travel to China, if you already have a Chinese visa and have not yet registered for the IFCBA 2016 World Conference in Shanghai from May 17-21, you still have time to submit your registration request. The deadline for submission of your registration package to the IFCBA Secretariat is May 1, 2016. Unfortunately, registrations cannot be accepted after that date.

Register today!


WTO members held their first discussions on 22 April regarding implementation of the Ministerial Decision on Preferential Rules of Origin for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The Ministerial Decision was one of the key outcomes of the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi last December.

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Russian Federation ratifies Trade Facilitation Agreement

The Russian Federation has become the 77th WTO member to ratify the new Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The Russian Federation’s Minister of Economic Development, Alexey Ulyukaev, met with Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 22 April and presented his country’s TFA instrument of acceptance

India ratifies Trade Facilitation Agreement

India has ratified the new Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). India’s WTO ambassador Anjali Prasad handed over her country’s instrument of acceptance to Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 22 April.

WTO: Vietnam Scores “Impressive” Import/Export Growth in 2015

The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently released its “World Trade 2016 and Prospects 2016” report. In it, the only nation to achieve “impressive” import-export growth in 2015 was a surprising Southeast Asian nation: Vietnam.

The report analyzed the performance of 30 of the leading import-export economies of the world that are members of the WTO. None of the other nations reviewed showed results for import-export growth last year that were as high as Vietnam’s...

Russia to Boost Trade Volume with China

The Russian government is pushing hard for greater economic co-operation with China - signing big energy deals such as a natural gas pipeline that will bring gas from Russia's far East to China.

But Moscow has signalled it also wants more trade between ordinary businesses...

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