WCO First Global E-Commerce Conference

WCO First Global E-Commerce Conference: An innovative, inclusive, strategic and collaborative approach to sustainable cross-border E-commerce

Beijing, China on 9-10 February

This two day conference, co-organized by the WCO and China Customs, brings together policy and decision makers, as well as operational experts from Customs, other government agencies, E-Commerce operators, international organizations, and other stakeholders. The participants will discuss the latest developments and emerging realities concerning growing cross-border E-Commerce. The event will stimulate and advance strategic collaborative thinking towards innovative and inclusive solutions for a secure, sustainable and dynamic cross-border E-Commerce environment.

Registration information is here.

 

WCO 4th Global AEO Conference

WCO 4th Global AEO Conference: Promoting Mutual Recognition of AEOs to Strengthen and Secure Global trade

Kampala, Uganda on 14-16 March.

This two and half day conference focuses on how AEO programmes and MRAs can secure global trade and enhance economic development at the same time providing the platform for representatives from Customs administrations, international organizations, other government agencies, researchers, academicians, industry stakeholders, policy makers to connect to each other.

Registration information is here

 

Recent News

 

Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference

The Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) took place from 10 to 13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was chaired by Minister Susana Malcorra of Argentina. The Conference ended with a number of ministerial decisions, including on fisheries subsidies and duties on electronic transmissions, and a commitment to continue negotiations in all areas.

Regarding e-commerce, the Ministerial Conference agreed to:

  • continue the work under the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce, based on the existing mandate as set out in WT/L/274;
  • endeavour to reinvigorate their work and instruct the General Council to hold periodic reviews in its sessions of July and December 2018 and July 2019 based on the reports submitted by the relevant WTO bodies and report to the next session of the Ministerial Conference; and
  • maintain the current practice of not imposing customs duties on electronic transmissions until our next session in 2019.

With respect to E-Commerce, the WCO issued communication from the International Customs community on the occasion of MC11 indicating that E-commerce is posing several challenges, as well as offering opportunities, for governments and business alike. The WCO has been working with private sectors and stakeholders, include the IFCBA, to detail key drivers of E-Commerce.

As well, for the first time in the history of the WTO, members and observers have endorsed a collective initiative to increase the participation of women in trade. In order to help women reach their full potential in the world economy, 118 WTO members and observers agreed to support the Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade, which seeks to remove barriers to, and foster, women’s economic empowerment.

Other information that may be of interest to members can be found on the WTO website.

 

Ricardo Treviño Chapa, the current Administrator General of Mexico Customs, was elected Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) on 14 December 2017.

He will take up his post at the Secretariat on 1 January 2018.

Before taking the lead at Mexico Customs in April 2015, Ricardo Treviño Chapa worked as the General Administrator of the Evaluation and Internal Affairs Department of the Tax Administration Service, the parent organization of Mexico Customs, where he was responsible for developing actions to prevent and combat corruption, as well as strengthening transparency.

During his 15-year career in the public sector, he served as the General Director for Revenue Collection in the State of Mexico’s Government, as the General Director of the Social Security Institute of the State of Mexico, and at the Institute for Protection of Bank Savings.

“Mexico is a very active Member of the WCO and has contributed to the development of many of the Organization's instruments. I look forward to working closely with Ricardo as the new Deputy Secretary General,” said WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya.

The IFCBA Secretariat is pleased to announce that Mr. Ge Jizhong, IFCBA Managing Director and local host of the IFCBA 2016 World Conference, has been elected as President of the Shanghai Customs Brokers Association. At the October 2017 meeting which was attended by hundreds of business representatives, Mr. Ge was chosen by attendees to lead the organization.  During the sessions, delegates discussed the continued development and promotion of customs brokers as trade facilitators who are positioned to make significant contributions to the One Belt, One Road Initiative.

On behalf of the IFCBA’s Board of Directors and members, we extend to Mr. Ge congratulations on his election and wish him continued success in his new role.

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On November 9, 2017, World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya announced the WCO’s annual theme for 2018.  The IFCBA looks forward to continuing our work with the WCO as it further explores its critical role in economic development.  Following is the official announcement from the WCO.

World Customs Organization dedicates 2018 to building a secure business environment for economic development

09 November 2017

The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Kunio Mikuriya, announced today that 2018 will be dedicated to strengthening the security of the business environment, with the slogan “A secure business environment for economic development.”

The development of international trade is not an end in itself, but rather a vehicle through which economic development can be achieved. We should, therefore, strive to create an environment for businesses that will foster their participation in trade, for the benefit of all.

With the above in mind, it is imperative that we ask ourselves, how we can, as Customs, contribute to better secure the business environment and, in doing so, boost economic prosperity. Three key elements come to the forefront:

•           Enabling environment

It is globally recognized that Customs can contribute to making the business environment more stable and predictable by, for example, streamlining procedures, tackling corruption, enhancing integrity, and facilitating the movement of goods, conveyances and people in general.

•           Safe environment

Legitimate businesses require a secure supply chain to prosper, but some threats come from within the trade itself, such as the shipment of illicit goods that could endanger peoples’ health, safety and security. Combating cross-border crime, including the illicit funding of international terrorism through trade activities, is our responsibility. By taking advantage of the WCO’s tools, instruments and expertise, Customs has the means to actively secure the global trade landscape.

•           Fair and sustainable environment

The importation of illegal goods, such as goods that infringe intellectual property rights (IPR), or legal goods which, for example, are smuggled into a country to avoid the payment of duty or whose value has been misreported, can do immense harm to a country’s economy. It is not only a question of financial losses for both legitimate traders and governments, such activities can also affect governance, the economy, development and human security across the globe.

“All these different aspects of securing the business environment are invariably connected to the current Customs focus on trade facilitation, in particular the implementation of the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention and the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement that support the goals contained in the United Nations’ Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said Secretary General Mikuriya.

Many WCO tools, instruments and initiatives that have been developed can readily assist Customs administrations in building a secure business environment, such as the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade or the WCO Security Programme. They not only enhance Customs’ overall trade-related processes, they also contribute to an increase in both security and trade facilitation.

The WCO’s annual theme will be launched on International Customs Day, which is celebrated annually by the global Customs community on 26 January in honour of the inaugural session of the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) which took place on 26 January 1953.

The WCO invites the Customs community to mark 26 January 2018 in their diary.