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Message of the WCO Secretary General on International Customs Day 2017

Data is generated by every economic activity, including the movement of goods and people and circulates extensively along the global value chain. Collecting and analyzing data to enhance the effectiveness of border management is of paramount importance to Customs administrations.

The 2017 Edition of the Harmonized System Nomenclature is Coming. What's New?

Today, the World Customs Organization (WCO) released the 2017 edition of the Harmonized System Nomenclature, the world’s global standard for classifying goods in international trade, which will enter into force on 1 January 2017.

Used by over 200 countries and economic or Customs unions as well as by international organizations such as the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Harmonized System (HS) Convention currently has 154 Contracting Parties, making it the WCO’s most successful instrument to date.

WCO Releases Guidelines on Customs-Tax Cooperation

Today, the WCO released Guidelines for strengthening cooperation and exchange of information between Customs and Tax authorities at the national level. These Guidelines have been formulated with the support of WCO Members and development partners, especially the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The Guidelines aim to provide reference guidance to Customs and Tax authorities who wish to go further in their cooperation and develop operational models which enable agencies to work together to their mutual benefit.

Stay up to date on the Trade Facilitation Agreement

Members interested in following developments with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement as it approaches the magic number of 2/3 of its 164 members required for the TFA to come into force are encouraged to visit  www.TFAFacility.org.  Not only can you get the latest news and monitor the status of TFA ratifications and notifications, you also can sign up for NewsBytes from the WTO.

IFCBA Chair Bestowed with "Gallery of Legends" Award

IFCBA members will be pleased to hear that IFCBA Chair, Mr. Shantanu Bhadkamkar, was recognized for his commitment and dedication towards the cargo industry and bestowed with the "Gallery of Legends" Award at the "India Cargo Awards" on 3rd August 2016 


At the July, 2016 meeting in Brussels of the World Customs Organization Council, members elected as Chairperson of the Council for the coming year Mr. R. Davydov of the Russian Federation. IFCBA offers congratulations to Mr. Davydov and thanks the outgoing Chairperson, Mr. Z. Chorfi from Morocco for his leadership in chairing the WCO with sensitivity to the needs of WCO members as well as the private sector.   

As Vice-Chairpersons of the Council, Delegates of the following countries were confirmed:

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 https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/tp442_e.htm.