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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.


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.


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.

India: WTO Notified Draft Standards for Milk and Dairy Products

Government of India notified Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2015 and Draft Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition & Restriction on Sale) Amendment Regulation, 2015 to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The deadline for comments for WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) committee members is January 31, 2016; in addition, the deadline for comments for WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) committee members is March 4, 2016.

WTO Director General pays official visit to Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaican (CMC) – Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo, is scheduled to arrive here on Sunday for an official visit at the invitation of the government of Jamaica.

Azevêdo’s visit is part of an initiative to visit several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, particularly those countries which have been active participants in the overall work programme of the WTO.

S. Korea becomes China's 2nd largest trade partner

China and South Korea are deepening their trade relations. According to the Korea International Trade Association, South Korea traded U.S.$75.6 billion in goods with China in the last quarter of 2015.

The figure surpassed Japan’s U.S.$71.7 billion, making South Korea China’s second largest trade partner in the world. Because of the China-South Korea Free Trade Agreement that went into effect in December, the trade volume between the two countries is expected to continue increasing in the future.

WCO and WCS to collaborate on illegal wildlife trade

The World Customs Organization (WCO) and the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at reducing the amount of illegal wildlife products moving across international borders. The MoU was signed by Dr. Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, and Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO.