Customs and Trade Facilitation

Through its Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation, ICC 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.

Working areas

The commission encourages the reduction of barriers to cross-border trade which involve customs policies and procedures through the following working areas:

  • Support the ratification and implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement by mobilizing ICC's global network, encouraging public-private dialogue on the country-level for effective and commercially meaningful implementation, and providing practical guidance and recommendations. To this end, the Commission will feed into the work of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation of which ICC is a host organization.
  • Provide input into the work of the World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization (WCO) on customs valuation, classification, and trade facilitation.
  • Promote the in 2015 released ICC Policy Statements on (i) Transfer Pricing and Customs Value , (ii) the Misuse of Customs Valuation Databases , (iii) Non-Preferential Rules of Origin , and (iv) Making Transport Greener and Smarter .
  • Provide practical guidance on the Incoterms® 2010 rules and the transport of goods in close cooperation with the ICC Commission on Commercial Law and Practice.
  • Develop, jointly with the Commission on Trade and Investment Policy, an ICC position on preferential rules of origin.
  • Develop recommendations on supply chain connectivity and the digitalization of transport infrastructure, cross border linkages, and customs procedures (including electronic customs documentation) in close cooperation with the ICC Commission on the Digital Economy.
  • Continue developing business recommendations on Authorized Economic Operators programmes, and free trade zones (in cooperation with BASCAP).

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