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Source: WCO The World Customs Organization (WCO) published the 2nd edition of the Secretariat Note on the Role of Customs in facilitating and securing the cross-border movement of situationally critical medicines and vaccines that enhances the inaugural version launched on 25 February 2021. WCO…

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is hosting the 5th WCO Global AEO Conference in a virtual format, with Dubai Customs, in collaboration with the UAE Federal Customs Authority with support from the Korea Customs Service. The conference will take place from 25 to 27 May 2021 from 12:00 to 15:00…

Paul Damkjaer, CEO of the International Forwarders & Customs Brokers Association of Australia has shared a submission from his organization to the Australian Government’s productivity commission regarding vulnerable supply chains in Australia. There are some excellent points made in the report and…

Source: WCO Missing notifications from WTO members outlining the subsidies they give to their enterprises continues to be an irritant in discussions in the WTO’s Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM). In a meeting on 27 April, the chair of the committee, Erik Solberg of Norway…

Source: WTO At the biannual meeting of the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards on 26 April, WTO members reviewed a large number of safeguard actions taken by fellow members. Several members also reiterated their concern with the increased use, in general, of this trade-defence tool in recent years. Twenty…

The following USAID paper was presented at the April 2021 meeting of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Committee: https://tfa-production.s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/thematicdiscussiondocument/a_world_of_opportunities_for_msmes_final_version.pdf

Source: WTO WTO members discussed the latest progress in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the 22-23 April meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation. An update on the rate of implementation of TFA commitments and on members’ technical assistance needs was provided by the…

Source: Jamaica Observer Customs brokers and freight forwarders are appealing to be relieved of some of the liabilities imposed on them under the proposed new Customs Act, and to instead have those responsibilities focused on clients who fall in breach. The brokers made their case last Thursday at a…

The WCO will be hosting the Second Global Conference on Cross-Border E-Commerce, organized by the WCO and supported by CCF Japan, will be held virtually from 28 to 29 June 2021 from 13:00 to 16:00 (Belgium Time). With the theme “Customs united effort on Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a…