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The following is an announcement from the WCO. Brussels, 7 November 2011 It is with great sadness that Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), learned of the death on Sunday, 6 November 2011 of John Raven. On behalf of the international Customs community and the…
The following is excerpted from a 4 November 2011 news item by the World Trade Organization. Deputy Director-General Valentine Rugwabiza, in a speech at the University of Hong Kong on 4 November 2011, warned that “to turn to protectionist trade measures in the current circumstances would be a huge…
International trade compliance specialists in Canada now have a designation that recognizes their expertise and experience. At it's 2011 national conference, the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) launched the CTCS (Certified Trade Compliance Specialist) designation. To find out more click…
The following is from the 31 October 2011 edition of the American Shipper. Delegates to the Basel Convention, seeking to end international trade in hazardous waste, including old electronic products, met in Cartagena, Colombia earlier this month and agreed to unblock an amendment that would ban the…
The WTO, on 28 October 2011, issued the report of the panel that had examined China’s complaint in the case “European Union — Anti-dumping measures on certain footwear from China” (DS405). This news item is available on the WTO website at: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news11_e/405r_e.htm
Members may be interested in the following 31 October 2011 news release by OECD. Bold decisions are needed from the G20 leaders meeting in Cannes this week to get the global economy back on track, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. An important first step has already been taken with the debt…
The XXVIth Meeting of the Directors General of Customs of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) was held in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, from 17 to 21 October 2011, under the chairmanship of Mr. Domenico Sanca, the Director General of Guinea-Bissau Customs. The report from…
The following is excerpted from a 27 October 2011 news release by the World Trade Organization. Following a negotiating session at which nearly all remaining differences were resolved and after thorough consultations among all members it has been decided that a final formal session of the Working…
The following is excerpted from a 24 October 2011 news release by the WCO. Forty-three WCO Member Customs administrations joined in an operational effort to fight imports of substandard and counterfeit electrical products in “Operation Short Circuit” which began in July and concluded in September…