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China and South Korea are deepening their trade relations. According to the Korea International Trade Association, South Korea traded U.S.$75.6 billion in goods with China in the last quarter of 2015. The figure surpassed Japan’s U.S.$71.7 billion, making South Korea China’s second largest trade…
KINGSTON, Jamaican (CMC) – Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo, is scheduled to arrive here on Sunday for an official visit at the invitation of the government of Jamaica. Azevêdo’s visit is part of an initiative to visit several Caribbean Community…
The World Customs Organization (WCO) and the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at reducing the amount of illegal wildlife products moving across international borders. The MoU was signed by Dr. Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, and Kunio…
Classification and origin determination of goods are closely interlinked. It is therefore critically important to update Rules of Origin (i.e. Product Specific Rules) to ensure consistency between HS classification and origin determination. This would help to prevent misapplication of Rules of…
Complementary amendments to the HS Nomenclature 2017 Edition have been accepted as a result of the Council Recommendation of 11 June 2015. After the acceptance of the HS 2017 amendments as a result of the Council Recommendation of 27 June 2014, the HS Contracting Parties highlighted the need to make…
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…