In Lead-Up to U.N. Global Goals, a Push to Tackle Doctored Trade Records

By Kira Zalan

An expected U.N. plan to tackle illicit financial flows and other global problems could make curbing the manipulation of trade invoices an international priority. Under a schedule set in June 2012, the intergovernmental group will outline a successor to its Millennium Development Goals next year. The objectives, known as the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will likely call on member-states to clamp down on tax evasion and transactions involving the proceeds of crime, according to a U.N. web site. The goals could also ask nations to better police over- and under-invoicing schemes that allow the illicit movement of value by...