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Source: WTO At the biannual meeting of the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards on 26 April, WTO members reviewed a large number of safeguard actions taken by fellow members. Several members also reiterated their concern with the increased use, in general, of this trade-defence tool in recent years. Twenty…

Source: WTO WTO members discussed the latest progress in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the 22-23 April meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation. An update on the rate of implementation of TFA commitments and on members’ technical assistance needs was provided by the…

The following USAID paper was presented at the April 2021 meeting of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Committee: https://tfa-production.s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/thematicdiscussiondocument/a_world_of_opportunities_for_msmes_final_version.pdf

Source: Jamaica Observer Customs brokers and freight forwarders are appealing to be relieved of some of the liabilities imposed on them under the proposed new Customs Act, and to instead have those responsibilities focused on clients who fall in breach. The brokers made their case last Thursday at a…

The WCO will be hosting the Second Global Conference on Cross-Border E-Commerce, organized by the WCO and supported by CCF Japan, will be held virtually from 28 to 29 June 2021 from 13:00 to 16:00 (Belgium Time). With the theme “Customs united effort on Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a…

Source: Jamaica Information Service Jamaica will now accede to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures, commonly known as the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), following Cabinet’s approval. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval…

Source: WCO Today, on 8 March, the World Customs Organization (WCO) is pleased to join the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day 2021, focusing on the United Nations’ theme of “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, which highlights the…

Source: Rigby Cooke Lawyers Andrew Hudson Customs & Trade Partner E: AHudson@rigbycooke.com.au On 19 February 2021, the Federal Treasurer requested the Productivity Commission (Commission) undertake an independent review (Review) “into supply chain vulnerabilities and risks” to “ensure that the…

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first woman and first African, has been confirmed as the new leader of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The selection of a new leader requires all WTO members to agree and the WTO’s 164 members unanimously selected her to lead the organization. Ms. Okongo-Iweala’s…