WCF Director Anthony
Parkes presented the
chain at the session and underscored how it will reinforce the global
integrity of COs harmonize certification
standards and processes.
consolidates the unique role of chambers as the competent, trusted third party
in the delivery of COs,” he said. “The accreditation programme also mirrors
similar initiatives of capacity building of Customs authorities, with a
principle objective of the chain to ensure consistency across the global
network of chambers and their processes in the issuance of non-preferential
certificates of origin.” Luc Dardaud, Trade Facilitation Manager at the Paris Chamber of Commerce, presented his department and explained the reasons why his chamber was now joining the CO Chain.
ICC has observer status at
the WCO TCRO whose members, including China, Spain, Togo and the US, responded positively
to the news on the initiative.
In the implementation of the CO Chain, ICC WCF will establish a
CO verification website listing all COs issued by the accredited chamber
members. Available to Customs authorities, it will ensure faster online
authenticity confirmation, providing greater security against false
Following Mr Parkes presentation to the TCRO an article on the
CO Chain is due for publication in the February edition of the WCO News
Magazine, distributed free of charge in English and in French to Customs
administrations, international organizations, non-governmental organizations,
the business community and other interested readers.
The day after the TCRO
session, WCO convened an Origin workshop, gathering experts from
the World Trade Organization, the European Union, the United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development, Customs agencies, ICC and
several of its chamber members.
The ICC WCF delegation to the WCO TCRO
and workshop sessions included chamber representatives from Belgium, Brazil,
China, Croatia, France, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Christophe Coulie, Legal Adviser at the
Federation of Belgium Chambers of Commerce and Paul Wrighting, National Trade
Services Manager at the British Chamber of Commerce spoke of their respective
electronic CO platform systems. They demonstrated the various advantages for
exporters and for chambers, and called for support from all Customs authorities
to accept electronic documents.
Carlos Busquets, Deputy
Director of ICC Policy and Business Practice, took part in the discussion and
highlighted upcoming ICC initiatives to promote multilateralism and a better
understanding of Rules of Origin. This included a
briefing on the ICC Business World Trade Agenda, an initiative of ICC and the
Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry to drive World Trade Organization
multilateral trade talks out of an 11-year deadlock and “beyond Doha”.
To read the official note
sent to all customs administrations and to learn more about the CO Chain, visit
Get a copy of the ICC WCF International Certificate of Origin Guidelines.