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Exploring the Future of Global Custom: Insights from the Third WCO Global Origin Conference in Chile

Discover the future of global customs at the Third WCO Global Origin Conference in Chile. Read our insightful report on this game-changing event.

On November 8, 2023, the 3rd WCO Global Origin Conference, themed "Building Trust in the Origin Environment," opened in Santiago, Chile. This conference, organised by the National Customs Service of Chile and supported by the Korea Customs Service, the European Union, and other private sector firms, has drawn much interest, with over 500 registered guests from 82 countries.

Regional integration continues to be a driving force for the Global Supply Chain, and rules of origin remain a prominent feature of today's international trading system. In the context of the various regional trade agreements already in force or being negotiated around the world, rules of origin enable the implementation of preferential agreements and impact on the flows of trade and investments.

The Global Origin Conference provided a platform for exchanging knowledge and forging new partnerships between the public and private sectors, International Organizations and academia in the area of origin.

The following areas were addressed during this event:

  • What are the challenges of navigating the rules of origin under several trade agreements and how to streamline the implementation and application of the AfCFTA rules of origin? And how about other trade agreements?

  • What are the latest developments around the world? In the Americas: how is the role of rules of origin defined and redefined in regional integration on the North and South American continents? In Africa: AfCFTA? In Asia Pacific: RCEP?

  • What drives the utilization of trade preferences? How to calculate utilization rates and monitor patterns of utilization to identify the factors that contribute to higher or lower utilization?

  • How to build trust when implementing new trade agreements, systems and practices? How to better achieve good and trustworthy communication to support changing practices and new agreements? How to implement the approved exporters system based on Mutual recognition of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO)?

  • How can digitalization contribute to making rules of origin more trade-friendly? How can data be exchanged, and how could origin connectivity contribute to strengthening regional integration?

  • What is the nexus between rules of origin and the environment? Can Regional Trade Agreements provide green support? What role do rules of origin have in the green transition?

  • What are the future prospects of rules of origin and how to expand global opportunities under Free Trade Agreements?

In her opening remarks, Ms. Alejandra Arriaza Loeb, the director general of customs in Chile, thanked the WCO Secretariat for its assistance and emphasised the importance of the Customs community's ongoing collaboration and in-depth discussions on the topic of Rules of Origin.

Ms. Claudia Sanhueza Riveros, Under-Secretary for International Economic Relations, represented the Chilean government via video speech at the conference.

She underlined that Chile will host the Third WCO Global Origin Conference in her statement. She emphasised the relevance of the Rules of Origin for Chile in this particular context—a country with over thirty free trade agreements. This conference is thus essential to expanding international commerce and strengthening the partnership between the public and private sectors.

In his introductory comments, WCO Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya expressed gratitude to Chile Customs and emphasised the importance of the rules of origin as a key element of regional integration and improving the business climate. He persisted in offering the WCO continuous support for the enhancement of several WCO instruments in this domain, including the WCO Feasibility Study about the establishment of an Interconnectivity Framework for Origin Certification. He said that this conference would be a fantastic approach to build trust between Customs and business via networking and discourse.

Expert-led panel discussions and fascinating presentations about origin business took place on the first day. Managing Rules of Origin under different trade agreements, streamlining implementation procedures, influencing trade preference usage, and fostering confidence in the origin environment were among the subjects discussed.

The speakers talked about digitising origin procedures on the next day of the conference. They will highlight the benefits of Single Window solutions and best practises for data exchange between Customs and Customs.

Before the conference, Secretary General Mikuriya met with Mr. Juan Antonio Coloma Correa, the President of the Chilean Senate. During this meeting, the Secretary-General underlined the importance of customs in the supply chain and pressed for more financing for customs modernization. The Senate President thanked the Secretary-General for his insights and reiterated his commitment to enhancing Customs skills and training the next generation of Customs officers.

While in Chile, Dr. Mikuriya attended the closing ceremony of ASAPRA's general assembly on November 6 and the Customs Brokers International Congress on November 7. Throughout his talk, he stressed how crucial it is for Customs and the private sector to work together, since this is the foundation for efficient global trade. Mutual respect, trust, collaboration, and understanding are the cornerstones of this partnership.

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Course: Origin of Goods & Free Trade Agreements

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This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of the origin of Goods, including how to leverage Free Trade Agreements, including how to identify the correct term and apply it in the business context

More Information & Links

1) The Ultimate Guide on how to meet the Rules of Origin

Find out the rules to establish the country of origin of imported and exported goods and to help identify goods that qualify for lower or no customs duty.

2) Demystifying Rules of Origin: A Videocast Guide (Part 3)

In the first part of our three-part series on Rules of Origin, we will define what the rules of origin are and who they are applicable to.

3) Demystifying Rules of Origin: A Videocast Guide (Part 2)

In the first part of our three-part series on Rules of Origin, we will define what the rules of origin are and who they are applicable to.

4) Demystifying Rules of Origin: A Videocast Guide (Part 1)

In the first part of our three-part series on Rules of Origin, we will define what the rules of origin are and who they are applicable to.


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