Chambers Ireland is pleased to announce that it has formally joined the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF) International Certificate of Origin Accreditation Chain.
Chambers Ireland has worked closely with our colleagues at ICC on issues of trade and customs over many years, seeking to implement best practice in standards, quality and oversight in the issuance of export documentation.
The ICC WCF International Certificate of Origin Accreditation Chain is a global standard and seeks to recognise best practice in Chamber operations, bringing reassurance to business, traders, banks and customs administrations that Certificates of Origin are issued according to the most stringent and harmonised standards from trusted third parties.
Speaking today, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “Our team of trade experts in the Irish chamber network have invested heavily over the past several years to ensure that we apply the highest standards across our international trade services. All export staff in our network complete a rigorous training process and are certified by the ICC.
"The past year has demonstrated the importance of trade and exports to the Irish economy, supporting many businesses through the negative economic impacts of the pandemic. Trade will continue to be of huge significance to our economic recovery and our member Chambers look forward to continuing to support Irish businesses.
"As we look to the post-pandemic recovery, we are delighted to announce that we have been approved to join the International WCF CO Accreditation Chain, reinforcing this important service provided by chambers and signifying them as trusted and competent authorities in the issuance of export documentation.”
Speaking at the announcement, Chairperson of the ICC WCF International Certificate of Origin Council (ICOC), Martin van der Weide said, “The ICOC is delighted to approve Chambers Ireland’s membership of the ICC WCF International CO Accreditation Chain. The commitment they have shown to training and standards is commendable. Their membership of the Chain further strengthens our global network of Chambers and bolsters the credibility of Chambers of Commerce as ‘trusted third parties’ in the issuance of trade documentation.”
Also speaking today, Ann Marie Slevin, Operation Manager with essCert, welcomed the announcement. “As a trusted technology partner to the Irish Chamber Network, the news that Irish chambers are now part of the ICC WCF International CO Accreditation Chain is a testament to the commitment of Chambers Ireland to excellence in governance and standards in the delivery on global trade. The team in essCert are delighted to continue to support Chambers Ireland in providing technological solutions to the electronic authentication of export documents.”