2014 IFCBA World Conference

The 2014 World Conference of the IFCBA, "Celebrating 25 years of Trade Facilitation through Expertise and Innovation", will take place from May 13-17 at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, Korea. For detailed information, please click on the conference program. If you are planning on attending, please complete the registration form and send to the IFCBA Secretariat at ifcba@ifcba.org. The hotel form must be sent to info@ifcba2014.or.kr. Please visit the following link for more conference details:www.ifcba2014.or.kr

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

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Following is a 7 April 2014 article from HKTDC Research.

The General Administration of Customs (GAC) has earlier announced that the “single window” pilot will first be implemented at the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, and a technical proposal will be formulated by the end of April.

In the government work report this year, Premier Li Keqiang noted that efforts will be made to promote "a one-stop approval and single-window clearance mechanism", and GAC will take on the task of launching "single window" pilots this year. Lately, Zhang Guangzhi, a GAC press spokesperson, has explained that under the "single window" mechanism, trade enterprises will be allowed to submit at one go all relevant documents and certificates and make declarations at a single platform, website or venue (organisation). One-stop processing will then be provided to such documents. The "single window" process will help facilitate coordination among various departments at checkpoints and enhance customs clearance efficiency.

Since 2012, GAC has collaborated with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine on launching pilots on "single declaration, single inspection and single release", which form the basis for the "single window" model. To date, such pilots have been implemented across eight provinces (municipalities) including Guangdong, Tianjin, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shanghai and Fujian, representing a total of 17 customs territories. Meanwhile, it is planned that the "single window" pilot will first be implemented at the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, and be expanded to other areas when it is further improved. A technical proposal is expected to be formulated by the end of April, and system design will follow towards the end of May. In June, online function testing will be carried out at the Yangshan Bonded Port Zone.

Please refer to the following GAC website for details of the remarks made by GAC press spokesperson, Zhang Guangzhi:
http://www.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal0/tab49564/info702014.htm

2014 IFCBA WORLD CONFERENCE

The 2014 World Conference of the IFCBA, "Celebrating 25 years of Trade Facilitation through Expertise and Innovation", will take place from May 13-17 at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, Korea. For detailed information and to register, please click on the attached conference program, registration form and hotel form. Completed registrations must be sent to ifcba@ifcba.org, and hotel forms can be sent to info@ifcba2014.or.kr

Please visit the following link for more conference details: http://www.ifcba2014.or.kr/

Please note that members of the IFCBA are invited to share the information about the 2014 IFCBA World Conference to their association members. 

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IFCBA Secretariat

Over the last decade, the economic performance of Latin America has, generally speaking, improved. The continent’s growth has been in line with the world average and above that of advanced economies. However, long-term prospects are increasingly uncertain, with a slowdown of economic growth and a rise in inflation in some countries, accompanied by social tensions around the region.

As Latin American economies try to move away from a model that relies on the exporting of raw material, a major driver of change could be trade and participation in cross-border supply chains, just as they have been in other emerging countries, particularly in Asia.

This has been excerpted from a 1 April 2014 article by MoneyScience and is available in its entirety at:
http://www.moneyscience.com/pg/newsfeeds/Admin/item/645870/which-latin-american-countries-are-best-for-trade