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Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation 2017-01-16T15:34:55+00:00

The Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation promotes simplified customs policies and procedures as well as other measures to facilitate international trade

With over 250+ members from 50 countries, the commission provides for a global forum including customs policy, transport and logistics specialists .

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

The liberalization of world trade and investment has drawn attention to practical obstacles to the free flow of goods, services and investment across borders – in particular those related to customs policies and procedures, and transport markets.

The central objective of the Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation is to overcome these barriers, to ensure that the liberalization of global trade and investment has a positive impact at the level of the individual international trade transaction and in the business of transport and logistics.

The commission’s work focuses on customs reform and modernization, the implementation of transparent, simplified, harmonized customs policies and procedures and to promote competitive and efficient transport markets worldwide.

The Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation works closely with various organizations in order to tackle different issues related to customs procedures harmonization and trade facilitation.

  • Support the ratification of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement by mobilizing ICC’s global network, and encourage public-private dialogue towards commercially meaningful implementation by providing practical guidance, including by feeding the commission’s work into the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.
  • Develop, jointly with the Commission on Trade and Investment Policy, an ICC position on preferential rules of origin.
  • Provide on-going input into the work of the World Customs Organization (WCO), including on customs valuation, classification and trade facilitation.
  • Finalize and disseminate the ICC guide on Transport and the Incoterms® 2010 Rules in collaboration with the ICC Commission on Commercial Law and Practice.
  • Contribute input on the dematerialization of customs and transport documentation and procedures, in coordination with the ICC Commission on the Digital Economy.
  • Promote the policy statements on transfer pricing and customs value, the misuse of customs valuation databases, non-preferential rules of origin, and making transport greener and smarter, including ICC input to on-going discussions on trade facilitation and climate change.

Jean Baeten, VBO-FEB
Christophe Coulie, FEDERATION OF BELGIAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN BELGIUM
Charles De Jager, CROWELL & MORING – BRUSSELS
Lorenzo Di Masi, CROWELL & MORING – BRUSSELS
Bert Gevers, LOYENS & LOEFF
Pieter Haesaert, CUSTOMS 4 TRADE
Ilaria  Mancino, CUSTOMS 4 TRADE
Yves Melin, MCGUIREWOODS
Eric Ponthieu, ECONOMIC & SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY
Jan Robbroeckx, UMICORE
Anne Vallery, VVGB
Katrien Van Loocke, AGENTSCHAP BUITENLANDSE HANDEL
Lionel Van Reet, PwC
Paulette Vander Schueren, MAYER BROWN EUROPE BRUSSELS LLP

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