Everybody is talking about what artificial Intelligence (AI) can do. I am convinced that it will change our world completely. And fast. So far though we have mostly seen examples on AI generated photos and videos. Amusong, but still… This was is pretty fun though, see below.

At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job. At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer. At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school. At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a single parent living on …

During my visit to the WCO this week I also got a chance to meet many former colleagues and great friends. I have many times talked about the special customs family environment. It is really magnificant. Pnece a Customs officer, always a customs officer. This cameraderi is something that I sincerely appreciate. I also …

At the Secretariat I also had a meeting with WCO leadership. Great creative amd positive meeting with Deputy Secretary Ricardo Treviño Chapa and Deputy director Brendan O’Hearn.

During my time in Brussels I also got a chance to visit my beloved old workplace, World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretariat (HQ). I and my colleague Alexey Shcheglov, who also is a former WCO Secretariat member, visited and participated in the Capacity Building Committee (CBC). It was 20 years ago we started the journey …

This week I have been in Brussels for various international meetings. It is always special for me to come back to my old home city. Great week.

Great steps forward when Anvisa fully embrace the Brazil AEO programme moving further towards risk management & adding new benefits for traders. It is ground brekaing win-win news when other Government agencies join holistic trusted trader programmes, like Agriculture & Food/Health. Anvisa joins the AEO-Integrated ProgramAdhesion to the program, approved by the Collegiate Board, …

Going out. A world that needs fixing out there. A few days in Brussels is a good place to start.

ICC UK has launched a landmark report, ‘Seizing the moment: Unleashing the potential of trade digitalisation’ outlining a version of paperless trade that extends beyond customs or trade facilitation, encompassing the entirety of the end-to-end trade system.  The report provides a host of compelling case studies of what companies can now do that the …

Customs compliance is increasingly emerging as an important strategic tool to fuel your business growth. Technological advancements can help by harnessing the power of customs. Here are the customs trends that can support your business growth, to read more, click here: Customs Trends

The Nigerian Customs Service says it is exploring the use of advanced Artificial Intelligence to combat the challenge of smuggling and to boost trade in Nigerian seaports and land borders. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, stated this disclosure during the unveiling of the Time Release Study service at a two-day workshop on Virtual Reality …

Visa-free travel for African nationals could provide a big boost to the region’s economies. Rwanda has opened their borders to other Africans, enabling visa-free travelling. After Benin, Gambia and Seychelles. Kenya has stated to be the next country to go the same way. Learn more about the implementation of the Afri­can Cont­inen­tal Free Trad­e …

Maersk suspended vessel transits of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden in January after attacks on its vessels by Houthi rebels. Charles van der Steene, our regional president for Maersk North America, stated to CNBC the other day, that the diversions from the Red Sea could last into Q2 and Q3 of this …

The African Continental Free Trade Area (@AfCFTA) could play a pivotal role in facilitating intra-African trade & strengthening regional supply chains in high-tech sectors. UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2023 examines the continent’s potential to become a major participant in global supply chains for high-technology sectors like automobiles, mobile telephones, renewable energy and …

Global services exports increased 8.1% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2023, reaching around $1.99 trillion. Travel exports increased 28%, continuing the post-pandemic recovery. Meanwhile, transport exports continued to decline and fell by 15.6%. Find out more on this UNCTAD’s bulletin: https://ow.ly/L0JS50QAeus Source:UNCTAD

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has launched a Zero Government Bureaucracy Programme (ZGB) to cancel 2,000 government procedures and remove unnecessary bureaucracy procedures within a year. incentive bonus of Dh1 million for government employees or teams that excel in removing …

Enter the Year of the Dragon, today it is Lunar New Year. Happy New Year to all feiends celebrating.

Animal products entering the UK from the EU will be waved through without checks if British ports are overwhelmed by new post-Brexit border controls, according to documents seen by the Financial Times. An “automated clearance process” will clear goods for entry without paperwork checks if there are capacity issues at border control posts, the …

Maersk is proud to present its 2023 Sustainability Report and the progress we’ve made on our ESG commitments. Dive into our sustainability performance, key initiatives and major milestones of the past year: Click here: Report

Do you know the Harmonized System (HS)? If your are involved in international trade, you should. HS is the the obligatory code that decides if your goods is allowed to enter a market, what customs duty & tax level should be used, what licenses, permits & document is needed, if regulations are met, sanctions, …