The IFCBA (International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations) held a very successful conference in Singapore on 12th and 13th December’22 welcoming customs brokers from twelve countries in Asia, North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa, celebrating the 30th anniversary of IFCBA. The main focus of the conference was on the WCO (World Customs Organisation) study review of the Harmonised System of Tariff Classification. During the opening speech, the Secretary General of the WCO, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, congratulated the organisers of the Global Conference and extended his best wishes on the IFCBA 30th anniversary. Dr. Mikuriya expressed his appreciation for the role of customs brokers worldwide and for the contribution of business operators to customs work.

FFFAI also participated in this conference. Vikrant Gogia, the Executive Committee Member of FFFAI, presented at the conference to highlight the recent developments in Indian Customs with active collaborations. He emphasised on the Indian Customs various facilitation measures along with IT and faceless transaction initiatives, which include Electronic Cash Ledger, Anonymised Escalation Mechanism, Electronic Cargo Tracking System, Customs Brokers Licensing Management Portal, Turant Customs, E-Sanchit, Authorised Economic Operators, Direct Port Delivery, etc, which ensure Ease of Doing Business in line of the Government of India’s mission. With a transparent and trust-based system in place, Indian Customs and Customs Brokers in India working as partners to promote the EXIM trade in the country. FFFAI is constantly in dialogue through its recommendations and working together with the Indian Customs and Government of India for achieving the set target of $5 trillion economy by 2025. The audience representing different countries from across the world strongly applauded the developments pertaining to ease of Customs Clearance and Customs Broking Business in India.