Monday 19th Nov, 2018

E-commerce standards welcomed

Ian Ackerman
Ian Ackerman

U-FREIGHT Group has welcomed the recent publication by the World Customs Organization of guiding principles for cross-border e-commerce.

The Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce – as adopted at the end of June by the WCO Council, together with a resolution aimed at ensuring its harmonised and effective implementation – was published recently.

The WCO, with the support of the Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building, the Japanese Customs Cooperation Fund and Indian Customs, organised a High-Level ‘Regional Seminar on the Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards’ for the Asia/Pacific Region earlier this month in New Delhi, India.

The Framework of Standards sets baseline global standards on cross-border e-commerce.

UFL chief executive Simon Wong said the exponential growth of e-commerce and the increased role of consumers in individual transactions posed challenges to governments and businesses.

“At U-Freight, in our development of e-commerce logistics solutions, we are continually trying to address the key issues stemming from increasing volumes of business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce shipments and the time sensitivity thereof,” Mr Wong said.

The WCO has said the new Framework of Standards “contains 15 standards that are concise, progressive and focused on the e-commerce environment, with a view to providing pragmatic, fair, and innovative solutions whilst taking into account the diverse expectations and concerns of Customs administrations and stakeholders”.

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