Receiving the support of World Chambers Federation (WCF) Chair Peter Mihok, Ms Duncan takes over the leadership role from current Chair Peter Bishop, who steps down after nine years at the helm.
“Mr Bishop’s expertise and leadership have valuably contributed to the advancement of the ATA chain over the last nine years,” said Mr Mihok. “In addition, Peter’s adeptness at listening to all perspectives and finding middle ground has gone a long way in strengthening the voice of the WATAC members.”
Managed jointly by the International Chamber of Commerce WCF and the World Customs Organization, the ATA Carnet system enables duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods of professional equipment, commercial samples, and goods for trade fairs and exhibitions for up to one year. Today the Carnet system is in force in 73 countries.
Mr Bishop said: “The support of the secretariat and the ATAC group has been hugely instrumental in achieving the progress we have made. I am certain that under Cindy’s leadership the ATA system will go from strength to strength.”
Ms Duncan has served as head of USCIB Carnet and Trade Services since February 2000. She also serves on the Steering Committee of World Trade Week, New York City and on the New York District Export Council. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of Women in International Trade, New York and previously served in a number of other capacities at USCIB, including as Vice-President for membership.
“On behalf of WATAC, I congratulate Ms Duncan on her election and new role as WATAC Chair,” said Mr Mihok. “I am confident that her experience as head of Carnet Operations at USCIB will be an asset to WATAC and stand her in good stead for the role.”
Ms Duncan’s election took place during a WATAC meeting being held today in Doha on the sidelines of the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress taking place from 22-25 April.
“With the sound foundation established by Peter Bishop, support of the new Vice-Chair, and the continuing efforts of the carnet community, I expect that the ATA system will grow even stronger in the years to come,” Ms Duncan said.
Ruedi Bolliger, Executive Director Alliance des Chambres de commerce Suisses was also elected Deputy Chair. Mr Bolliger has a strong background and a wide range of experience in ATA carnet matters.