About the IFCBA

 

The IFCBA has been representing the interests of the worlds’ customs brokers and their clients since 1990. Many of our member associations have been involved in similar activities within their own countries for nearly a century.

The IFCBA works to bring about improvements in Customs policies and practices on a global basis. These improvements benefit both members and their clients.

The international trade community depends on the work done by customs brokers the IFCBA serves brokers by keeping them at the centre of the international trading system.

The IFCBA e-mail service keeps member organizations updated on the latest trade information around the world. Through our meetings and conferences, we offer customs brokers the best way to keep up-to- date on matters of vital importance in the world of trade facilitation and security.

By working together customs brokers of the world can:

  • build their businesses
  • enhance their reputations
  • secure their role in the supply chain

Through our meetings and conferences, we offer customs brokers the best way to keep up-to-date on matters of vital importance in the world of trade facilitation and security. The next bi-annual conference of the IFCBA will be in Shanghai from 17-21 May 2016.

The IFCBA has been a member of the WCO Private Sector Consultative Group since 2006 and its representatives have been dedicated participants in PSCG activities relating to the SAFE Framework of Standards, capacity building initiatives, and trade facilitation. Having initially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Customs Co-operation Council in 1993, the IFCBA signed a new MOU with the World Customs Organization in June 2010.

The IFCBA has published its Best Practices for the Licensing of Customs Brokers. Recognizing that education and training of customs brokers and their clients are the cornerstones of building a private sector that can be an effective partner in security and facilitation, the IFCBA and its member associations are the leaders in customs training for the private sector. The IFCBA believes that it is necessary to have close cooperation between the public and private sectors if we are to achieve mutual benefits, including a balance between security and facilitation and their associated costs and benefits.