Athens, Greece (May 3, 2017) – The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Chambers Federation (WCF) welcomes the American World Trade Chamber of Commerce (AWTCC) as the latest chamber to join the International Certificate of Origin (CO) Accreditation Chain.
American World Trade Chamber of Commerce has received confirmation of their acceptance into the ICC WCF CO Accreditation Chain. Certificates of origin issued by AWTCC will now feature the ICC WCF International CO label, recognizing the chamber’s documentation services that conform to international rules and standards laid down in the ICC WCF International Certificates of Origin Protocol.
Wendy Fichter, president and ceo of AWTCC, signed the agreement on behalf of the chamber along with Anthony Parkes, director of the ICC WCF and Martin Van der Weide of the Netherlands Chamber and chair of the ICC WCF International CO Accreditation Committee. AWTCC is the only United States chamber to be accepted into the program to date.
“Signing this agreement is in line with efforts of AWTCC to issue COs electronically,” Fichter explained. “In addition, this accreditation is widely recognized by chambers and customs worldwide as the gold standard in the industry.”
Fichter added that joining the ICC WCF International CO Accreditation Chain is part of an effort to provide international best practices for exporters and chambers in the United States as well as to be known as America’s most credible export documentation resource.
AWTCC offers an affinity program to chambers throughout the U.S. that manages their certificate of origin requests. By relying on AWTCC’s expertise, the affinity program offers chambers an opportunity to give their members a valuable service without the expense and time of going through the certification process themselves. U.S. Chambers with an existing certificate of origin program are urged to follow the example of AWTCC by conforming to the International CO Guidelines.
Regarding her role on the International CO Council, Fichter said, “AWTCC plays a key role in expanding the international CO Chain through its membership and also by providing recommendations to the International CO Council”.
One of the international trade facilitation support services operated by ICC WCF, the International CO Accreditation Chain, also welcomed the Oslo Chamber to its international network at the same meeting.
To find out more about the ICC WCF CO Accreditation chain and to see the full list of accredited members in the CO Chain, click here. To find out more about AWTCC’s affinity program for chambers, visit the website at www.awtcc.org or contact the President, Wendy Fichter.
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ABOUT THE AMERICAN WORLD TRADE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The American World Trade Chamber of Commerce (AWTCC) is headquartered in New York City with an Operations Center strategically located near Washington D.C. and a branch offices around the country. The mission of the nonprofit organization is to encourage and support the export of goods and services from the United States. In addition, AWTCC seeks to provide export education to chambers and exporters throughout the nation. For more information on AWTCC, visit www.awtcc.org.
Pictured (left to right): ICC WCF International CO Council Chairman and Deputy CEO of the London (England) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Peter Bishop; AWTCC President & CEO, Wendy Fichter; ICC WCF Project Manager, Julie Sonladuangchanh; ICC WCF Director, Anthony Parkes; ICC Asia Executive Director, Mrs. Lee Ju Song.