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Miami, September 23rd, 2019 – Thirteen Courier and Packaging companies, mostly based in Florida and the East Coast of the U.S., attended the launch of ICSA, their International Association. Representatives and owners of these companies understand, that in order to thrive, their strength lies in numbers and efforts are being made to bring dozens of companies to the group. During the initial meeting, participants agreed that the need for a common voice and the creation of the industry’s best practices are a priority, as well as ways to confront the challenges being faced, such as the many regulatory issues to confront.

Hugo Cuevas-Mohr, founder of Mohr World Consulting, the firm that is helping ICSA get off its foot, noted “We whole-heartedly believe in industries having a voice that can represent its members and bring the best of them in a collective and unified way. We have been helping associations form and develop and even if every sector must find its own particular way to work together, great things can be achieved by cooperation, tolerance and a genuine desire of better serving its customers.”  More Information…

Miami, October 21th, 2019 – Members of the International Couriers Services Association have been meeting to discuss the new customs measures in Colombia. The government of Colombia, through the Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito Público y el Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo published the Decreto 1165 this past July.

Colombia’s process of customs modernization seeks to simplify procedures and modifies certain measures with a goal of facilitating foreign trade. The new decree is intended to provide certainty and stability with regard to the customs regime. Among the global trends for the modernization of customs is the Authorized Economic Operator (OEA) system that Colombia will implement as of March 2020, in addition to the Trusted User, for smaller companies. Similar modernization efforts are being implemented; the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) in 1998 of their respective OEA programmes.

Hugo Cuevas-Mohr, founder of Mohr World, Advisor to ICSA’s Board explained: “All these changes in Latin America will impact the cost for couriers and will modify many of their processes. Everyone agrees that these changes will be beneficial for the sector and members understand their need to educate agents and consumers, as well as the need to modify software systems, accounting and best practices. Modernization calls for professionalism and competence.”  More information…