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ICC was founded in the aftermath of the First World War when no world system of rules governed trade, investment, finance or commercial relations.

Without waiting for governments to fill the gap, ICC’s founders acted on their conviction that the private sector is best qualified to set global standards for business.

They called themselves “The merchants of peace.”

To learn more about the history of the International Chamber of Commerce visit our dedicated centenary website.

ICC History 

The International Chamber of Commerce has launched Incoterms® 2020, an update of the renowned regulations that define the responsibilities of buyers and sellers operating in the international trade system.

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