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Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection workers are to strike for a day, affecting travellers and freight nationally.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has told the Department its members will walk off the job for 24 hours from midnight on August 12.

CPSU members working in other departments will hold an hour-long stop work meeting on the same day.

The strike is to protest delays to enterprise bargaining, which has been ongoing for more than three years.

The CPSU said 60 to 70 per cent of front line airport staff are union members and "as with past strikes the impact of this action is likely to vary from place to place, but may cause delays for international air passengers".

International airports, container examination facilities, client services, sea ports, international mail facilities and visa processing sections all could be affected.

This is from the 3 August 2016 edition of AIRCARGO Asia Pacific and is available at:

The WTO has launched a new annual statistical publication, the World Trade Statistical Review. This new publication provides insights into how world trade has evolved in recent years by analysing the latest trade statistics within an economic context.

The sixth review of the trade policies and practices of China takes place on 20 and 22 July 2016. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of China.

The TPR documents are available on the WTO website at https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/tp442_e.htm.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was signed on 4 February 2016 and it is the first of the so-called ‘mega-regional’ free trade agreements (FTAs), a term which refers to deep integration between countries, or regions with a major share of world trade and foreign direct investment (FDI). The 12 Parties to the Agreement are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States of America, and Viet Nam.

The WCO has published a detailed analysis of the TPP rules of origin and a comparison between the new agreement and existing origin models as part of the WCO Comparative Study on Preferential Rules of Origin.

This is a 12 July 2016 media release by the World Customs Orgaization and is available in its entirety at:

The WTO has launched a new World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI) designed to provide “real time” information on trends in global trade. The WTOI was unveiled in Shanghai, China on 8 July, ahead of a meeting of G20 trade ministers.

Combining a variety of trade-related indices, the WTOI is designed to give an early signal of the current direction of world trade and where it is likely to go in the near future. In this way the WTOI should signal turning points in world merchandise trade volume.  It complements existing tools such as the WTO’s longer-term trade forecasts, and other statistical releases.

The WTOI gives a headline figure to show performance against trend. A reading of 100 would indicate trade growth in line with recent trends, a reading greater than 100 would suggest above trend growth, while a reading below 100 indicates below trend growth. The WTOI will be updated on a quarterly basis....

This has been excerpted from an 8 July 2016 news item by the World Trade Organization and is available in its entirety at: