Cooperation and partnerships emphasized at 2011 WCO Council Sessions

The following is excerpted from a 25 June 2011 press release by the World Customs Organization.

Heads of Customs administrations representing the 177 Members of the World Customs Organization met in Brussels from 23-25 June 2011 for the annual Sessions of the WCO Council, the Organization’s highest decision-making body.

This year the Council focused on key topical issues impacting the global trading system – illicit and dangerous trade, global supply chain security, air cargo security, and trade facilitation – while recognizing the critical supportive role played by capacity building, information-sharing, research and knowledge promotion...

This release is available in its entirety on the World Customs Organization website at:

WTO trade facilitation deal to reduce trade costs and boost trade

Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the World Customs Organization in Brussels on 24 June 2011, said that the implementation of the Trade Facilitation measures discussed in Geneva could reduce total trade costs by almost 10 per cent. “Every extra day required to ready goods for import or export decreases trade by around 4%”. This is why a trade facilitation deal in the Doha Round would be a “tremendous value for our trading communities and in particular for many of our small and medium enterprises”. He commended the close cooperation between the WTO and the WCO, particularly in technical assistance, and suggested further collaboration in using the “Made in the World” approach to measuring international trade flows.

The entire speech is available on the WTO website at:

EU US Joint Statement on Supply Chain Security

On 23 June 2011 in Brussels, the European Union and the United States issued a joint statement on supply chain security.  

EU votes to add Croatia to 27-nation bloc


 The following is from the 24 June 2011 edition of The Globe and Mail. 

Customs Frequently Asked Questions from Japan

The Japan Customs Brokers Association would like to share some Customs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with IFCBA members.

These FAQs can be found at

IFCBA Website Update!

Welcome to the new IFCBA website.  Through this site we will

   1.  Encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and opinions among members

   2.  Deliver important news to members quickly

   3.  Promote the valuable role played by customs brokers in facilitation; and

   4.  Publicize the services provided by customs brokers in our member countries.

Members will receive regular newsletter updates through this site and are encouraged to submit articles for the newsletter or the Calendar of Events at any time.