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WTO members concluded their Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi on 19 December by securing an historic agreement on a series of trade initiatives. The “Nairobi Package” pays fitting tribute to the Conference host, Kenya, by delivering commitments that will benefit in particular the organization…
The 2016 World Conference of the IFCBA, Facilitating Trade Through the Customs-Business Connection , will take place from May 17-21 at the WH Ming Hotel in Shanghai, China. Please click here to view the conference page, and to register. Our conference hosts, the China Customs Brokers Association,…
A first overview of the main features of the origin provisions contained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been published as part of the Comparative study on Preferential Rules of Origin. A more detailed comparison between the Agreement and the existing origin models will be conducted once…
Despite slowing growth, China will expand its influence on the global trading system, favoring bilateral exchanges and its own international institutions over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the WTO, according to the report "At a Crossroad: What China’s New Economic Diplomacy Means for Business,"…
The World Trade Organization (WTO) delivered a major setback to American consumers and producers earlier this year when it ruled against the U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law, which requires muscle cuts of meat, and some fruits and vegetables, to be labeled with the country’s name where it…
The new double tax agreement (DTA) between Switzerland and Argentina will enter into force on November 27, 2015, after Switzerland completed its ratification procedures. On October 28, Switzerland notified Argentina that it had completed the necessary procedures. The contractual text of the DTA…
#Focac: Intra-Africa trade accounts for 16 percent of Africa’s global trade compared with about 40 percent in North America and about 60 percent in Western Europe. Africa remains economically fragmented with 54 small markets. While intra-Africa trade may be low by global standards, for most African…
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM —The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng announced on Dec. 3 that they had officially concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the E.U. and Vietnam. The agreement will give the E.U. access to one…