WCO Global Origin Conference 2019

Notice: cancellation of the 2nd WCO Global Origin Conference


Due to the current situation prevailing in Chile, characterized by civil protests and hence precarious security conditions in the country, we regret to inform our stakeholders that the 2nd WCO Global Origin Conference, planned on 19 and 20 November 2019 in Iquique, Chile, is hereby cancelled.


The WCO recognizes the contributions of Chile Customs, Member administrations, International partners, speakers, moderators and registered participants. As the international leader for dialogue on customs matters, we remain committed to continue promoting and discussing the future of rules of origin with our stakeholders.


We understand that this cancellation will have an impact on all those involved in this conference and we are sure Members and partners will appreciate that under the current circumstances, there were no other options.


The WCO will reschedule this event in the future and the relevant information shall be provided in due course. We rely on your continued support and collaboration and hope to see you in future events.


Thank you for your understanding.


WCO Origin team

WCO Global Origin Conference 2019


19 – 20 November 2019, Iquique, Chile


In collaboration with the National Customs Service of Chile, the WCO is launching its second Global Origin Conference to be held in Iquique, Chile from 19 to 20 November 2019.

Current global economic policy uncertainty, polarization and rising protectionism undermine the trust in international trade as an engine for economic growth and security in our societies. In the meantime, Regional Trade Agreements remain a driving force of the global supply chain, promoting economic integration among partners.

The adoption of clear, simple and predictable rules of origin and related procedures, such as origin certification will benefit regional integration by promoting the export of originating products while ensuring a correct application of preferential and non-preferential treatments upon importation.

The Conference will be a unique opportunity to expand your understanding on origin, have your say on the future of rules of origin and to strengthen and establish new ties with different stakeholders, namely the public sector, the private sector and academia.

Among the issues to be addressed are:

·    What is the impact of non-preferential rules of origin in today’s trading environment?

·    What are the current challenges in regional integration and how is this affecting the global economy?

·   What are the latest developments around the world? In the Americas: how is the role of rules of origin defined and redefined in regional integration on the North and South American continents? In Africa: AfCFTA? In Asia Pacific: RCEP?

·   How can the update of the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) and other WCO origin tools influence and support the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement and Free Trade Agreements?

·   What are the future prospects of preferential rules of origin and how to expand global opportunities under the Free Trade Agreements, including for Least Developed Countries?

Join us at the only global forum on rules of origin and interact with the world’s leading origin experts from international organizations, governments, business and academia!

The Conference will be conducted in English, French and Spanish.

As the predecessors of the Conference have generated considerable interest, early registration is recommended. The link for online registration with passwords will be provided shortly. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the WCO Origin Sub-Directorate at ori@wcoomd.org

We look forward to welcoming you in Iquique.

WCO Origin Team