Aiming to strengthen cooperation between customs, governmental entities, businesses, institutional organizations, and the international private sector, the Tenth World BASC Congress convened trade security experts from over 15 countries in Lima. The Congress, titled "X World BASC Congress: Resilience in International Trade," facilitated dialogue on the importance of bolstering international trade through the adoption of globally recognized good practices and security procedures to foster trust in the supply chain.
Co-organized by the World BASC Organization and the BASC Peru Chapter as members of the Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC), the critical event attracted more than 300 participants, including 100 foreign entrepreneurs and expert moderators from over 15 countries. Attendees included distinguished representatives from the World Customs Organization (WCO), customs officials from the U.S., Guatemala, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic, foreign trade entities, BASC companies, and the U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Mrs. Lisa Kenna.
Isaura Delgado, President of the Board of Directors of BASC Peru, emphasized the necessity of prioritizing security in all logistical aspects and supply chains to address new challenges facing the country, enabling the smooth operation of international trade and markets, ultimately benefiting consumers and citizens. She also noted that global trade of goods has recovered more rapidly than GDP and the World Trade Organization (WTO) projects that global economic production will increase by 5.3% this year, followed by a 10.8% growth in world trade in goods, fostering economic recovery.
César Venegas, General Manager of BASC Peru, highlighted the importance of encouraging ongoing cooperation between the public and private sectors to implement coherent and effective policies benefiting the population. "When the public and private sectors work together, great things are achieved."
As part of the commitments made during the International Congress, agreements to facilitate trade, including security in the logistics chain, Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), Customs & Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), International BASC Standards, and Standards V.6-2022, risk management, and others, will be implemented.
To remain globally aligned, the BASC standard was updated to version 6, fostering collaboration among countries with BASC presence and enhancing relationships with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and various customs authorities, including those from the U.S., Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.
The meeting enabled the exchange of ideas and the promotion of a high-quality and profitable managerial tool for security and logistics processes in international business. The next World BASC Congress will be held in Miami, USA, in 2024.
The X World BASC Congress featured notable international representatives, such as Mr. Ian Saunders, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Mr. Robert Pérez, Former Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection of the U.S. (CBP); Ms. AnnMarie Highsmith, Executive Assistant Commissioner of CBP; Mr. Ricardo Treviño, Deputy Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization (WCO); Mr. Jaime King, Chair of the Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG) of the WCO; Mr. Alfonso Rojas, President of the Regional Private Sector Group (GRSP); and Mr. Luis Sandoval, Manager of Customs Operators and User Services of the National Customs.