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Source: BBC News Some EU specialist online retailers have said they will no longer deliver to the UK because of tax changes which came into force on 1 January. Bicycle part firm Dutch Bike Bits said from now on, it would ship to every country in the world except the UK. "We are forced by British…

Source: WTO The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note on trade-related issues for COVID-19 vaccine production, manufacturing and deployment. The note, entitled “Developing and delivering COVID-19 vaccines around the world,” explores how trade policy can play its part in ensuring the…

Source: WTO The WTO Secretariat has published an update of the information note on trade in medical goods in the context of tackling COVID-19 which was first issued on 3 April. The update looks at developments that took place in the first half of 2020. The new paper presents preliminary trade…

Source: World Economic Forum TradeTech, or the set of technologies and innovations that enable trade to be more efficient, inclusive, and equitable, is fundamental to harnessing the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to support the public good. Yet the incorporation of technologies in…

Source: The National Herald Konstantinos Kaiopoulos is the first Greek to be elected director of Tariff & Trade Affairs at the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. He was elected during the 137th session of the WCO Council, which took place online on…

Source: Jamaica Information Service The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is employing the use of technology to effectively carry out its mandate, which is focused on trade facilitation, revenue collection and border protection, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Chief Executive Officer…

Source: ICC ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative has released a 2020 update of its 2013 publication examining the balance of facilitation and control required to combat illicit trade in Free Trade Zones. The updated paper Controlling the zone: Balancing…

Source: WCO At its 137th Session, the Customs Co-operation Council unanimously adopted a Resolution on the Role of Customs in Facilitating the Cross-Border Movement of Situationally Critical Medicines and Vaccines. The Resolution marks an important milestone in the efforts of the global Customs…

Source: MarketScreener Addis Ababa, 27 November 2020 (ECA) - Africa's customs experts have given their support to the adoption of continental guidelines to facilitate free and timely flow of cross-border trade amid the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the start of trading under the African Continental…