WTO panel report out on distilled-spirits dispute

The WTO, on 15 August 2011, issued the report of the panel that had examined complaints by the European Union and the United States regarding “Philippines — Taxes on distilled spirits” (DS396 and DS403).

This report is available on the WTO website at:

WCO shares Capacity Building approach with African Revenue and Tax Agencies

The following is excerpted from a July 2011 release from the World Customs Organization.

The WCO Secretariat was invited to share its approach towards Capacity Building at the 1st General Assembly of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF). The meeting was held from 24 to 25 July 2011 in Mauritius and brought together the heads of revenue and tax administrations from across the African continent.

Members to think about 'what next for Doha, WTO' for December meeting

The following is excerpted from a 26 July 2011 news item from the World Trade Organization (WTO).

India prepared for AEO program launch

At the invitation of Chairman S. Dutt Majumder of the Indian Central Board of Customs and Excise, WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya visited New Delhi on 25-26 July 2011 to discuss progress within Indian Customs, including the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program.

World Trade Report 2011

The World Trade Organization has released the following report:

Trade Patterns and Global Value Chains in East Asia: from trade in goods to trade in tasks

The increasing internationalization of supply chains is challenging our interpretation of conventional trade statistics, as traditional concepts like country of origin, or the distinction between goods and services, become blurred. This publication, jointly produced by the WTO and the Institute of Developing Economies — Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO), focuses on the factors that have helped to shape global production.

China gives a USD 400,000 programme for least developed countries

The following is a news release by the World Trade Organization.