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A new ICC Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation held its first meeting in Paris this week, establishing an agenda to expand the trade facilitation work undertaken by the former ICC Committee on Customs and Trade Regulations.

Mr Barone will be at the helm of the new ICC Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation.

Mr Barone will be at the helm of the new ICC Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation.

Providing a global, cross-sector business forum, the consolidated commission seeks an integrated approach to trade facilitation, encouraging issue consolidation and coherence in ICC policy-making that is in line with ICC’s ultimate objective of facilitating global trade.

“Determining procedures to facilitate trade by combining the expertise of specialists in customs and transport is a tremendous contribution to world trade and therefore to job creation,” said ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier.

“ICC is enthusiastic about the potential of this new approach to attract new member companies to our work, as they see for themselves the advantage of working together,” he said.

Commission projects for 2013 include producing guidelines for traders and providing input on customs valuation and classification to the World Customs Organization’s private sector consultative group.

The commission will be led by Chair Anthony Barone, Director, Global Logistics Policy, Pfizer and reinforced by the inclusion of a Vice-Chair with expertise in transport and logistics issues.

Mr Barone said: “The objective of the new commission is to identify strategic issues that will have a material impact on trade. Ideally we would like to achieve significant modernization rather than incremental steps.”

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