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1 Simpler Procedures for World Trade Growth Julian Oliver Director General International Express Carriers Conference

2 IECC: The Global Voice of the Express Industry International Express Carriers Conference = coalition of DHL, FedEx, TNT, UPS + regional Express associations in Europe, U.S., Asia/Pacific, and Latin America VISION: Free movement of Documents & Goods MISSION: promote trade liberalisation MANTRA : 6 F’s fast, faster, fastest, free, freer, freest

3 IECC facts and figures > 200 countries > 650,000 people > 1200 aircraft > 1350 daily flights > 50 $ bn revenues > 50bn $ taxes collected > 20 million daily shipments

4 Solutions, Standards & Best Practices 3 MESSAGES: To Traders: ‘co-operate or else…’ To Customs: ‘modernise or else..’ To Governments: ‘reform or else…’

5 Why should Traders co-operate? Customs are the common barrier Customers are the common currency World trade is the common fuel WTO is the common referee: revising rules, tariffs, rules of origin, valuation etc WTO & WCO = action: –Doha Development Agenda –Customs Data Model –UCR

6 Why should Customs modernise ? 1. Globalisation & revenue implications 2. Better co-operation = better control 3. Better systems = less corruption 4. Better facilitation = more resources for better security and compliance Facilitation offers a ‘ win/win ’ solution

7 Why should Traders co-operate better with Customs? 1.Time in Customs is only time goods are out of our control 2.To obtain Immediate Release and satisfy our customers’ demands for rapid delivery, JiT, lower inventory, etc. 3.To help Customs better detect fraud, illegal weapons, drugs, counterfeit goods etc.

8 How are the common needs of Customs and Traders best satisfied? 1. Pre-arrival data submission and processing 2. Immediate Release - separation of physical and fiscal clearance 3. Regular exchanges ‘enforcement intelligence’ 4. Improved supply chain integrity e.g. BASC 5. Cross-fertilised training & technical assistance 6. Single window concept - convergence of border controls under Customs

9 Why should Traders co-operate better with Governments? Doha sets trade agenda for next 3-5 years Trade facilitation ‘ripe’ for ‘early harvest’ Tariffs on manufactured goods could be eliminated by 2020: massive changes for most customs - lower revenues, end of rules of origin, end of valuation rules, etc. Traders need to send clear messages to governments of what they want

10 Areas/Methods of Co-operation Promote revised Kyoto Convention Provide direct technical assistance to developing countries' Customs services Participate in WCO/Business Partnership Promote convergence of official controls & adoption of Customs Data Model Fight corruption

11 Areas/Methods of Co-operation (cont’d) Develop compatible EDI & XML systems –current pilot projects with IATA for e- AWB’s Establish more MOUs to: –obtain better intelligence on suspect shipments –maintain and develop better security standards –provide more cross-fertilised training –enhance mutual understanding, revenues and efficiencies Build critical mass via coalitions of like-minded groups e.g. IFCBA, IATA, IRU, FIATA, IECC and ICC.

12 To improve Trade Facilitation 3 MESSAGES: To Traders: ‘co-operate or else see your business migrate to those who do’. To Customs: ‘modernise or else see your revenues decline as trade migrates elsewhere. To Governments: ‘reform or else see other countries attract mobile trade & FDI ’

13 Thank you, any questions? E T F rue Joseph II, B 1000, Brussels, Belgium


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