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International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

A non-governmental organization serving as a policy advocate for world business. Members in 110 countries comprise tens of thousands of companies and business organizations. The ICC aims to facilitate world trade, investment, and an international free market economy through consultation with other inter-governmental organizations.

The ICC was founded in Atlantic City in 1919. It now encompasses associations and companies from all branches of industry. As an institution of international economic self-administration, it operates through expert commissions, sub-committees and working groups to address questions which are of importance for the international business community. These include, for example, contract and delivery clauses (Incoterms); standardization of means of payment, (Uniform Rules for Collection, Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits, Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees); arbitral jurisdiction (Rules of Conciliation and Arbitration); questions relating to such issues as competition, foreign investments, and transportation.

The ICC also offers various services to the business community such as the ATA Carnet system. The ICC publishes many books and references which are valuable to the international trade community.

Contact: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); 38 Cours Albert 1 er ; 75008 Paris, France; Tel: +33 (0) 1 49-53-28-28; Fax: +33 (0) 1 49-53-28-59; Web: www.iccwbo.org;

For U.S. representative, contact: United States Council for International Business (USCIB); 1212 Avenue of the Americas, 18th floor; New York, NY 10036; Tel: 1 (212) 354-4480; Fax: 1 (212) 575-0327; E-mail: iccbooks@uscib.org.

Refer to the Resources Appendix for a list of ICC publications.

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