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

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 


2018 IFCBA World Conference in Manila, Philippines

The 2018 IFCBA World Conference will take place from Monday, May 28, starting with our Board of Directors meeting, through Thursday, May 31 in Manila, Philippines.   Join us as we explore the conference theme, “Redefining Global Trade Practices: A Conference for Customs Brokers and their Trade Partners”.  Please note that while the conference will formally end with a closing event on the evening of Wednesday, May 30 there will be optional, add-on day excursions planned for May 31.   

Stay tuned, watch your emails and visit www.ifcba.org for more details about conference and hotel registration in the coming weeks!  And if you are interested in conference sponsorship opportunities, please send an email to the IFCBA Secretariat, ifcba@ifcba.org.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the IFCBA’s bi-annual conference where private sector,  government and international organization representatives  will come together to collaborate on current and emerging issues relating to international Customs standards and new technologies that are redefining the business of international trade. 

IFCBA representatives participated in last week's meetings of the WCO E-Commerce Sub-Groups. 

These groups held face-to-face meetings at the WCO headquarters in Brussels from 23 to 25 January 2018, bringing together more than 125 delegates from Customs administrations, other government agencies, international organizations, e-vendors/platforms, express service providers, postal operators, freight forwarders, customs brokers and academia to discuss and develop a ‘Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce’.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Luc De Blieck, WCO Deputy Director of Procedures and Facilitation Sub-Directorate noted that dynamic developments in the international supply chain driven by cross-border E-Commerce and associated challenges required a new harmonized approach to ensure the speedy delivery of parcels across borders while ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements including safety and security and revenue collection. He then invited delegates to work collaboratively in order to develop international standards on cross-border E-Commerce, as mandated by the WCO Policy Commission at its December 2017 session.

Adopting a holistic and inclusive approach, the Sub-Groups initiated the work on developing a ‘Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce’, based on the eight key principles contained in the ‘WCO Luxor Resolution on Cross-Border E-Commerce’, adopted by the December 2017 Policy Commission.

Noting that rapidly evolving E-Commerce phenomenon requires international standards for governments/Customs administrations and stakeholders, the Sub-Groups consolidated the outcomes of various ongoing work-streams and developed draft standards, elaborating principles laid down in the Resolution to provide practical and standardized approaches with technical specifications and guidance with respect to their implementation...

Following this meeting, the draft Framework will be further developed and enriched with additional inputs and presented to the relevant WCO working bodies, in particular the Working Group on E-Commerce, the Enforcement Committee, and the Permanent Technical Committee in coming months for their feedback and approvals. It is expected that a finalized draft Framework will be submitted to the June 2018 Policy Commission and the Council for its adoption.

This  ‘Framework of Standards’ is expected to be a comprehensive instrument for assisting WCO Members in developing E-Commerce strategic and operational frameworks.  It will be equally useful for Members who are seeking to enhance existing frameworks in order to effectively meet the requirements of new and evolving business models.

The Framework will be supported by an implementation strategy and action plan, as well as a robust capacity building mechanism to ensure its harmonized and expeditious implementation, based on national and regional needs and imperatives...

This was excerpted from the 29 January 2018 news release on the WCO website.