FIATA’s comments on WCO draft Customs - Tax Cooperation Guidelines

Precisely on the day when FIATA turns 90 years old, its newest position paper comments the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) draft document entitled:


FIATA agrees that cooperation and exchange of information between customs and tax authorities is indeed important area and the principle of customs/tax authority collaboration is already in place in most jurisdictions all over the world, however the process can become more efficient by an effective use of digitized relevant information which is often already there.  

In FIATA’s opinion the agreements signed between customs and tax authorities are currently flexible on the level of the data to be exchanged and the achievements to be pursued and this flexibility should not be lost in hopes of greater alignment between authorities.

Steve Morris, Chairman of FIATA Customs Affairs Institute, on his way to the UN in New York, said “instead of reinventing the wheel and potentially leading to problematic situations, we should focus on instruments which are already in existence and focus on those remedies that are not in place under existing customs and tax authorities’ arrangements. 2016 being the WCO Year of Digital Customs, efforts could be concentrated on innovative solutions to be developed to enhance cooperation between customs and tax authority using IT tools. Customs already handles a vast quantity of legitimate trade’s data and this can be used more than once if that bring efficiency in trade”.

FIATA will be present in Dakar at the WCO event on DIGITAL CUSTOMS, Accelerating Connectivity – Bridging the Divide on June 1st and 2nd 2016.

To read the position paper in full – please visit:


Media Contact:

Marco Sorgetti, Director General

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FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926.  It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.

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Glattbrugg, 31 May 2016

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