WCO has released its framework of standards on cross-border eCommerce, which is still mainly an overarching document – but all guidance on this extremely important topic for all of is welcome.

WCO writes that Customs administrations need to engage with all relevant stakeholders with a view to collectively defining the appropriate approach to adopt both from a trade facilitation and enforcement perspective. WCO also clearly underline that the AEO instrument should be used also for eCommerce:

“Customs administrations should explore the possibilities of applying AEO Programmes and Mutual Recognition Arrangements/Agreements in the context of cross-border E-Commerce”

Cross-border eCommerce is the ’elephant-in-the-room’ of our time.

WCO also states that, ”Customs administrations should explore the possibilities of applying AEO Programmes and Mutual Recognition Arrangements/Agreements in the context of cross-border E-Commerce, including leveraging the role of intermediaries, to enable Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and individuals to fully benefit from the opportunities of cross-border E-Commerce”.

E-commerce has become a game changer in the international trade arena and this is the big challenge to solve for the future.

You can find the entire document here: WCO Cross-Border eCommerce Framework of Standards

Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquiao night back in the ring. With his first knockout in nine years he won the title match last might against Argentinian Lucas Matthysse.

“I lost to a big fairy and a big legend in Manny Pacquiao, Matthysse said after the loss. Last Manny Pacquiao, 39, went to a match in July 2017. Then he unexpectedly fell to Jeff Horn and lost the WBO title in welterweight.

After 378 days and a change of coach, the Philippine politician and boxing legend were back in the ring last night. In Kuala Lumpur, Manny Pacquiao took over the WBA title in welterweight, after defeating Lucas Matthysse. The match was settled in the seventh round.

“I’m surprised since Matthysse is a very tough opponent and I knocked him down. I was focused and patient in the field and I have worked hard on the training”, said Pacquiao, after the victory, according to ESPN.

According to The Guardian thid was the biggest boxing match in Malaysia since Muhammad Ali won sgainst Joe Bugner in 1975. The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duerte attended the match, and acclaimed his countryman.

So it is time for some time in Boulouris-sur-mer outside Saint Raphael on the Cote d’Azur in France.

We have the last ten years spent part of the year here in our place in Provence, and we absolutely love it here.

It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and I know – I have searched the planet having visited 169 countries.

We also love the wine, the food, the people here. We have many friends around us here in this paradise, below the Esterel mountains.

If you haven’t visited Saint Raphael-Frejus I strongly recommend you to do so.

This is where I write my books and articles, where I re-load my batteries and where I relax.

Even though this summer it – to be honest – have been mostly about work.

There is a lot of things happening in the Customs and Trade world right now. We live in exiting times.

Today Belgium won its first ever medal in a fotball World Cup when beating England 2-0, after goaös from Meurnier and Hazard (Sweden has two medals, a silver from 1958 and a bronze from 1994).

It was however after the game clear that the Belgian players weren’t very happy woth the third place, they had expected more. I think ot will feel better a few days from now and in the future, Belgium deserved a top 3 position in this World Cup.

So before the fonal tomorrow, Francs vs. cäCroatia, who have been the best plYers in this tournament? For me it’s obvious. These three players have ben the best, namely; Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric.

I also think that this has been one of the better World Cups ever, with positive football, a lot of surprises, great goals and new star players being born.

This is my All-Star-Team form the World Cup 2018.

Sweden did extremely well making it to the quarterfinals and ending top 8. Our defence was one of the best of the tournament. We have a great coach in Janne Andersson.

So who will win the World Cup tomorrow? I am sure, it will be France. I will watch the game with my French friends in the town where we live (Saint Raphael) and it will a great party afterwards.

New mitigation attempts and alliances could come as a result of the emerging trade war. If not this one, maybe others. Good or bad? Nobody knows. An article on Business Insider is comtemplating the scenario we now see. See the article here below.

‘China is putting pressure on the European Union to issue a strong joint statement against President Donald Trump’s trade policies at a summit later this month but is facing resistance, European officials said.

In meetings in Brussels, Berlin and Beijing, senior Chinese officials, including Vice Premier Liu He and the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, have proposed an alliance between the two economic powers and offered to open more of the Chinese market in a gesture of goodwill.

One proposal has been for China and the European Union to launch joint action against the United States at the World Trade Organisation.

But the European Union, the world’s largest trading bloc, has rejected the idea of allying with Beijing against Washington, five EU officials and diplomats told Reuters, ahead of a Sino-European summit in Beijing on July 16-17.

Instead, the summit is expected to produce a modest communique, which affirms the commitment of both sides to the multilateral trading system and promises to set up a working group on modernizing the WTO, EU officials said.

Vice Premier Liu He has said privately that China is ready to set out for the first time what sectors it can open to European investment at the annual summit, expected to be attended by President Xi Jinping, China’s Premier Li Keqiang and top EU officials.

Chinese state media has promoted the message that the European Union is on China’s side, officials said, putting the bloc in a delicate position. The past two summits, in 2016 and 2017, ended without a statement due to disagreements over the South China Sea and trade.

“China wants the European Union to stand with Beijing against Washington, to take sides,” said one European diplomat. “We won’t do it and we have told them that.”

China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Beijing’s summit aims.

In a commentary on Wednesday, China’s official Xinhua news agency said China and Europe “should resist trade protectionism hand in hand”.

“China and European countries are natural partners,” it said. “They firmly believe that free trade is a powerful engine for global economic growth.”

Despite Trump’s tariffs on European metals exports and threats to hit the EU’s automobile industry, Brussels shares Washington’s concern about China’s closed markets and what Western governments say is Beijing’s manipulation of trade to dominate global markets.

“We agree with almost all the complaints the U.S. has against China, it’s just we don’t agree with how the United States is handling it,” another diplomat said.

Still, China’s stance is striking given Washington’s deep economic and security ties with European nations. It shows the depth of Chinese concern about a trade war with Washington, as Trump is set to impose tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese imports on July 6.

It also underscores China’s new boldness in trying to seize leadership amid divisions between the United States and its European, Canadian and Japanese allies over issues including free trade, climate change and foreign policy.

“Trump has split the West, and China is seeking to capitalize on that. It was never comfortable with the West being one bloc,” said a European official involved in EU-China diplomacy.

“China now feels it can try to split off the European Union in so many areas, on trade, on human rights,” the official said.

Another official described the dispute between Trump and Western allies at the Group of Seven summit last month as a gift to Beijing because it showed European leaders losing a long-time ally, at least in trade policy.

European envoys say they already sensed a greater urgency from China in 2017 to find like-minded countries willing to stand up against Trump’s “America First” policies.’

Source: Business Insider

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