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Source: WCO In the response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a number of WCO Members designated priority lanes and introduced facilitative measures with regard to the cross-border movement of essential goods. However, there is no internationally recognized definition of…

Source: WCO The heads of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) Secretariats issued a joint statement on 11 May 2020 and jointly called on Customs administrations worldwide to ensure coordinated cross-border interventions in cooperation with other…

Source: WCO The WCO continues its close cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) to contribute to the rapid cross-border movement of medical supplies and medicines needed urgently during the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Following the coordinated response adopted by the two…

IFCBA members around the world have contact with air carriers and air cargo every day. The airline industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and is doing all it can to support economic recovery. We thought you might enjoy this short and hopeful video from our friends at IATA. Watch now

Source: Outlook The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on Tuesday extended the facility given to businesses to import and export goods without furnishing bonds to the Customs authorities till May 15 in view of the extension of the lockdown period till May 3. Earlier this month, the…

Source: WCO In view of the global health emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretariat has published a “WCO Guidance on how to communicate during a crisis” to assist its Members in reacting to communication challenges posed by the global crisis…

The World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group presented a paper to the WCO Secretary General with recommendations for responses to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. IFCBA representatives Jaime King, who is the PSCG’s current Vice-Chair and Carol West, a Past Chair…

Source: WCO On 15 April 2020, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) sent a joint letter to inform their respective Members of the actions taken by the WCO and the UPU in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, emphasizing that coordination between Customs…

Source: WCO In late 2019, the first outbreak of what has now become known globally as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was reported. On 11 March 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was categorized by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic. The spread of the COVID-19…