The WCO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Ricardo Treviño Chapa, attended the LXXX Congress of the Confederation of Customs Brokers Associations of Mexico (CAAAREM) which took place in Yucatan, Mexico, on 11 and 12 July 2019.
Mrs. Margarita Rios-Farjat, Head of the Tax Administration Service, opened the event together with Mr. Ricardo Zaragoza Ambrosi, President of CAAAREM, while the Mexican Customs General Administrator, Mr. Ricardo Ahued, brought it to a close. Representatives of the private sector included Mr. Francisco Cervantes, President of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers, Mr. Enrique Gonzalez, President of the National Chamber of Freight Transport, and Mr. Jose Manuel Lopez, President of the Confederation of the National Chambers of Commerce.
Discussion sessions during the Congress covered various topics such as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Post-Clearance Audit, the Use of Artificial Intelligence and the Future of the World’s Logistics.
During his keynote speech, the Deputy Secretary General spoke about the current challenges and opportunities facing Customs administrations. After providing an overview of the WCO Environmental Scan, Mr. Treviño Chapa highlighted the current risks and trends in international trade, the impact of e-commerce and disruptive technologies on Customs processes, the need to mitigate security and safety risks, and the obligation to combat environmental crime.
The Deputy Secretary General also introduced the WCO new Strategic Plan covering the 2019-2022 period, as well as its priorities and deliverables. He focused on the progress done by the Working Group for the Comprehensive Review of the RKC and how this could impact future accessions to the Convention.
He took the opportunity to present the new WCO platform for private sector training called the WCO Academy, explaining that the courses and training offered via the platform were proving very popular in Mexico and that CAAAREM’s Professional Institute had started negotiations to become an authorized distributor of the courses developed by the WCO.