Conex Welcomes PAA Delegation to Paris

May 27th 2024

Conex Welcomes PAA Delegation to Paris

Conex, an official member of the Pan Asian E-Commerce Alliance (PAA), is hosting the delegation for its 69th conference in Paris from May 13th to 15th, 2024. The PAA conference enables reflection and collaboration between these key players in trade between the EU and Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. On the agenda: the integration of the Import Control System 2 (ICS2) declaration into export formalities to the EU and other collaborative data exchange projects.

PAA is a pioneering group in Asia dedicated to facilitating international trade. Its ambition is to expand its network to other regions of the world. A recognised player in the dematerialisation of customs declarations in France and Europe, CONEX sought to join the group to perfect its recognition in Asia, share its experience, benefit from that of the countries represented, accelerate the interconnections between its own tools and the platforms of international data exchange. CONEX was welcomed to the discussion table in 2021 an associate member of the PAA before becoming a full member last year.

CONEX's membership to the PAA allows it to maintain ongoing relationships with stakeholders who are centre stage of international trade: single windows, technical and regulatory partners, for all players in the supply chain (shippers, multimodal carriers and RDE -Registered Customs Representatives-) from the moment the goods leave for the EU.

“Through this think tank, CONEX is involved in all projects related to the facilitation of international data exchanges. At the heart of analyses, new technologies such as blockchain and AI, hold a prominent place to which CONEX brings its know-how. The realisation of these joint projects and the resulting solutions serve economic players engaged in global trade” explains Bertrand Gruson CEO of Conex.

ICS2, one of the key topics of the 2024 edition of the PAA conference

ICS2 is a European IT system created to collect data on all goods entering the EU prior to their arrival. Economic operators (EO) must declare data relating to safety and security to the ICS2 system, by way of the entry summary declaration (ENS).

In 2024, ICS2 extends its scope to maritime transport and from 2025 its coverage will be total with the inclusion of road and rail transport. All modes of transport entering the EU will thus be concerned by ICS2.

Invited as keynote speakers on the subject, FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations), GSF (Global Shippers Forum) and TLF (Union of French Transport and Logistics Companies speaking on behalf of CLECAT, European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services) were able to share their thoughts and valuable analysis, particularly in terms of the recent joint FIATA-GSF publication of the ICS2 Guidance Note for freight forwarders and shippers.

“Organising the delegation’s conference in Paris in 2024, in this Olympic year, is a wonderful opportunity. It is a great honour for CONEX, 3 years after our membership began, to be the reference host on European soil for all our Alliance partners,” explains Bertrand Gruson.

About PAA

The PAA - Pan Asian E-commerce Alliance - consists of twenty members representing international trade platforms involved in import/export formalities and their digitalisation, in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Senegal, the Middle East and Europe. Created in 2000, the alliance continues to expand. It brings together the key players in international trade from each country; in Asia, they serve 350,000 organisations, almost all of the commercial companies active in the area. Together, they process several hundred million customs declarations annually. Their discussions and work aim to promote and provide secure, reliable and value-added IT infrastructure and equipment for efficient global trade and logistics.

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About ICS2

The European Union makes the security of its citizens and the single market a top priority. Every year, trillions of euros worth of goods are imported into the EU. Today the 27 members of the EU represent around 15% of global trade in goods. This new system for the declaration of advance information on goods entering the EU supports the implementation of the European Union Customs Code and the customs risk management program aimed at better protecting the single market and citizens of the EU.