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We were pleased to welcome special guest Mr. Sergio Mujica of the World Customs Organization at this year's IFCBA World Conference in Shanghai. Please visit the WCO website for an article relating to his visit and continue to watch as more news and photos of the conference will be coming soon!

The WCO, under its Data Model Project Team (DMPT), has successfully finalized the production of the version 3.6.0 of the WCO Data Model, a collection of international standards on data and information required not only by Customs, but also by government agencies, developed with the objective of achieving a consensus on the manner in which data will be used in applying regulatory facilitation and controls in global trade.

The Data Model contains data sets for different border procedures, including definitions of data elements, recommended data formats and suggested code lists. The data elements are logically grouped into units of meaningful information, called “information models”. These information models serve as reusable building blocks with which one can build electronic document and data exchange templates.

The Data Model also includes Information Packages, which are standard electronic templates linked to business processes – goods declarations, cargo reports, conveyance reports, licences/permits, and certificates. It is a library of data components and electronic document templates that can be used to effectively exchange business data.

This has been excerpted from a 9 May 2016 release by the World Customs Organization and is available in its entirety at:

Although the registration deadline has passed for those who require a visa to travel to China, if you already have a Chinese visa and have not yet registered for the IFCBA 2016 World Conference in Shanghai from May 17-21, you still have time to submit your registration request. The deadline for submission of your registration package to the IFCBA Secretariat is May 1, 2016. Unfortunately, registrations cannot be accepted after that date.

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WTO members held their first discussions on 22 April regarding implementation of the Ministerial Decision on Preferential Rules of Origin for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The Ministerial Decision was one of the key outcomes of the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi last December.

For more details, please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news16_e/roi_26apr16_e.htm.


The Russian Federation has become the 77th WTO member to ratify the new Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The Russian Federation’s Minister of Economic Development, Alexey Ulyukaev, met with Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 22 April and presented his country’s TFA instrument of acceptance

“I was very happy to meet with Minister Ulyukaev today and receive Russia’s instrument of acceptance,” DG Azevêdo said. “The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement is particularly important for such a large nation bridging two continents. Trade facilitation can help Russia expand its trade relations and diversify its economy by significantly reducing the time and costs of moving goods across its many borders.”

Concluded at the WTO’s 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference, the TFA contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues. It further contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area.

This has been excerpted from a 22 April 2016 news item by the World Trade Organization and is available in its entirety at: