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The WTO, on 5 July 2011, issued the reports of the panel that had examined complaints by the United States, the European Union and Mexico regarding “China — Measures Related to the Exportation of Various Raw Materials” (D394, D395 and D398, respectively). The reports are available on the WTO website…
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Special Session of the Trade Policy Review Body on “The Financial and Economic Crises on the Role of the WTO” on 1 July 2011 that “we can and must do better in notifications and information sharing”. He noted that information on procurement activities are…
Although this was a WCO-ICC event, IFCBA Secretary Carol West spoke on the opening panel, with WCO Deputy Secretary General Sergio Mujica and Mr. Nabyl Lakhdar, Director, Facilitation and Information Technology, Moroccan Customs Administration. Speaking in her role as Chair of the WCO Private Sector…
The following is excerpted from an 27 June 2011 news release by the International Chamber of Commerce. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) today signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets out working activities between the two…
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the World Customs Organization in Brussels on 24 June 2011, said that the implementation of the Trade Facilitation measures discussed in Geneva could reduce total trade costs by almost 10 per cent. “Every extra day required to ready goods for import or…
The following is excerpted from a 25 June 2011 press release by the World Customs Organization. In the lead up to the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Sunday 26 June 2011, the World Customs Organization calls on its 177 Members all over the world to demonstrate once…
The following is excerpted from a 25 June 2011 press release by the World Customs Organization. Heads of Customs administrations representing the 177 Members of the World Customs Organization met in Brussels from 23-25 June 2011 for the annual Sessions of the WCO Council, the Organization’s highest…
On 23 June 2011 in Brussels, the European Union and the United States issued a joint statement on supply chain security . The statement recognizes the importance of the EU-US bilateral trade relationship, its significance for global traders and commitments relating to multilateral organizations and…
The following is from the 24 June 2011 edition of The Globe and Mail. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says European leaders have agreed they want Croatia to become a member of the EU. Merkel made the announcement Friday at the conclusion of a two-day EU summit in Brussels. A draft summit conclusion…