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Newly Enacted Customs Law Lends Helping Hand

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. This is the first major customs legislation since the 1993 Customs Modernization Act.

The law updates U.S. customs laws to facilitate legitimate trade and strengthens trade enforcement...

WTO Members Urged to Start Preparing for Entry into Force of Trade Facilitation Agreement

WTO members were urged on 3 March to start preparing for the entry into force of the new Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by notifying to the WTO what their technical assistance and capacity-building needs are, and how much time they will need to ensure effective implementation of the Agreement.

For more information, visit the WTO website.

Don't Miss the 2016 IFCBA Conference in Shanghai!

The bi-annual World Conference of the IFCBA is designed for customs brokers who want to better understand the global trading environment. This year’s conference is titled"Facilitating Trade Through the Customs-Business Connection” and will take place in Shanghai, China from May 17-21This event promises to be of exceptional value to participants with its focus on the implications of the latest border facilitation and security initiatives through three themed days of business presentations: 

IFCBA Shanghai 2016 – REGISTRATION DEADLINE 31 MARCH 2016

Join us for the 2016 IFCBA World Conference, “Facilitating Trade through the Customs-Business Connection” from May 17 – 21! This event promises to be of exceptional value to participants as it focuses on the implications of the latest border facilitation and security initiatives, and will provide opportunities for those seeking to expand their business networks, particularly relating to trade with China.

Rwanda: Removal of Informal Taxation At Rwanda-DRC Border Will Boost Trade

The Congolese government has decided to reinstate the 24-hour operations of the Goma-Rubavu border posts.

The move has been welcomed by residents of both sides of the border who look forward to increase trade volumes, mostly driven by cross-border trade.

Cross-border trade plays an important part in the country's economic health. For example, in 2014, Rwanda's total informal transactions bordered around $138 million, a figure that speaks volumes.

WTO trade facilitation pact cleared

Nearly two years after the Bali agreement, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which seeks to ease Customs procedures to boost commerce. To implement the agreement, two-thirds of the total members, or 107 countries, have to approve it. India was the 71st country to give nod to the agreement.

2016 IFCBA WORLD CONFERENCE - Register Now!

Join us for the 2016 IFCBA World Conference, “Facilitating Trade through the Customs-Business Connection” from May 17 – 21! This event promises to be of exceptional value to participants as it focuses on the implications of the latest border facilitation and security initiatives, and will provide opportunities for those seeking to expand their business networks, particularly relating to trade with China.

Take a minute now to look at some highlights from this year's conference program! 

Ten years later, the evolving role of customs brokers

Ms. Carol West, CSCB President and IFCBA Secretary was recently interviewed on the evolving role of customs brokers in the trade chain, conducted by the Cross-border Research Association (CBRA) based out of Switzerland.

Hi Carol, and thanks for joining a CBRA Interview – can you first tell a bit who are you and what you do?

Happy International Customs Day!

The IFCBA would like to wish you a happy International Customs Day!

The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, heralds 2016 as the Year of Digital Customs. At this year’s IFCBA World Conference being held in May, the impact of new technologies on trade practices will be an important topic for your businesses. Join us for this unique opportunity to advance your customs knowledge!

The IFCBA is proud to represent such an innovative group of organizations, companies and individuals.

2016 IFCBA WORLD CONFERENCE - Register Now!

The 2016 IFCBA World Conference, Facilitating Trade Through the Customs-Business Connection, will take place from May 17-21 at the WH Ming Hotel in Shanghai, China. Please click here to view conference details and to complete your registration.

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