2018 IFCBA World Conference

2018 IFCBA World Conference in Manila, Philippines

Join us in Manila for the 2018 IFCBA World Conference, “Redefining Global Trade Practices: A Conference for Customs Brokers and their Partners” from May 29-31, 2018! Hosted by the Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI) and following in the tradition of past IFCBA conferences, the 2018 edition will educate delegates in a shared learning environment designed specifically for those in the field of Customs. Through our conference sessions, we will seek to further delegates’ understanding of current events in international trade, ranging from E-Commerce developments to new trade agreements and the most recent technological advancements.  And of course, we’ll be setting aside time for renewing and establishing new connections among attendees.

For more information and to register please click 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

On March 15, 2018, in conjunction with the WCO Global AEO Conference in Kampala, the IFCBA organized an informal meeting of customs brokers in attendance.  More than 30 customs brokers from the host country Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Angola, China, Brazil and Mexico participated in the meeting.  Following brief presentations by IFCBA representatives, attendees engaged in lively discussion on matters including customs broker licensing, customs broker education, the relationship between customs brokers and their Customs Authorities and eCommerce.  The IFCBA is eager to continue its connection with our newly met colleagues from the East Africa region and Brazil and hopes someday to welcome them to IFCBA membership.

Presentations from the AEO Conference sessions, including those in which Carol West, IFCBA Secretary and Jaime King, IFCBA Past Chairman participated, are available through this link.


This article was written and published by Reuters March 29, 2018


Thailand wants to join CPTPP trade pact this year: deputy PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand aims to seek membership in a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement this year, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday.

The government has asked the commerce ministry to look into the details on how to join the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

“This is an important issue,” Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak told reporters. “If there is no problem, we will join it this year.”

Thailand will also seek support from Japan on the matter, Somkid said. He did not elaborate.

Membership could be a boon for Thailand as competition heats up in electronics, seafood and agriculture from rival export and manufacturing economies, such as Malaysia and Vietnam.

Eleven countries including Japan and Canada singed the CPTPP deal earlier this month without the United States.

The original 12-member agreement, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was thrown into limbo early last year when President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal. He said the move was aimed at protecting U.S. jobs.

Reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Kim Coghill


Customs Consultant / Broker Museum Opens in Istanbul

The IFCBA is happy to share news of a museum in Istanbul that will greatly interest IFCBA members. The Istanbul Customs Consultants Association has completed the first phase of work on its Customs Consultant  Museum which they think is the first in the world. Use this link to take a tour.


Congratulations to our colleagues in Istanbul!!

To mark the occasion of the Harmonized System’s 30th anniversary, ICBA Secretary Carol West, on behalf of all members, has written the following letter to Mr. Liu Ping, Director of the Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate, WCO.

Dear Mr. Liu,

Congratulations and best wishes to you and your team on this important anniversary at the WCO – the 30th anniversary of the Harmonized System!

As the Harmonized System marks its 30th birthday, we can truly celebrate a common language that is used by so many people in so many countries.  Where would we be without a common language? How difficult would trade be? How would we gather trade data and statistics so that economic decisions can be made in the interests of national, regional and global prosperity?

Although not necessarily an easy language to learn, the HS has been the language of trade. And, like any language, new words are added and some fall out of use.  The leadership of the WCO in keeping pace with and responding to 30 years of change has been appreciated by both industry and Customs administrations alike.

Customs brokers around the world work with the Harmonized System every day and have an excellent sense of its complexities and the challenges associated with the effective implementation of the HS.  On behalf of the IFCBA and our customs broker members in all regions of the world, we recognize the importance of the Harmonized System and wish the WCO and its member administrations all the best as the HS grows and evolves over its next 30 years.

Have a wonderful celebration!

Carol West

Secretary, IFCBA

The First Global Cross-Border E-Commerce Conference was held February 9-10 in Beijing. The conference was co-organized by the World Customs Organization and China Customs with almost 2,000 participants from various regions of the world.  

IFCBA Secretary Carol West was asked to speak on one of the breakout panel sessions as a co-lead for the Trade Facilitation and Simplification sub-group of the WCO Working Group on E-Commerce. To listen to her comments, please click here

An outcome of the conference is the Beijing Declaration, which can be found here

In addition to the official Beijing Declaration, a Call for Actions by China Cross-border E-commerce Enterprises was issued.  

The World Customs Organization is continuing work on its draft  Cross Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards which is expected to be presented to the WCO Council meeting in June.

If you have questions or comments, or would like to share your country’s experience with e-commerce, please contact us at ifcba@ifcba.org