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US Tourism in Cuba?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The thaw in US-Cuba political and commercial relations have continued, but is there US tourism in Cuba? We shared in an earlier post details on the commercial interests included in President Obama’s to Cuba in March (2016). The following Company Executives accompanied the President to Cuba: Brian Chesky, President and Founder of Airbnb, one of the first companies to take advantage of the loosened travel restrictions to...

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FSMA Update for Importers – June 2016

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The struggles of Chipotle, the US restaurant chain, to regain customers lost after hundreds fell ill from contaminated food, reinforce the preventative goals of the US Food Safety Modernization ACT (FSMA). Since our last FSMA Update, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has continued to kick FSMA implementation into high gear: Final Rule for Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration was...

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iPhones & US Trade Rules

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Apple, the tech giant, is currently engaged in a fight with the US Government. At the request of the Department of Justice, a California court has issued a warrant requiring that Apple help the FBI to unlock the iphone used in a terrorist attack that killed 14 people. Apple is resisting the order. Some analysts have raised questions about the court’s order: “If a court has the power to order a third party like Apple to...

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WTO 10th Ministerial Conference: The Nairobi Package on Agriculture

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The World Trade Organization (WTO) 10th Ministerial Conference was held, for the first time in WTO history, in Africa – Nairobi, Kenya. Scheduled for December 15-18, 2015, extending discussions for a fifth day allowed the Ministers to reach consensus on the Nairobi Package. In the Ministerial Declaration, WTO members reaffirmed the pre-eminence of the WTO as the global forum for negotiating trade rules and for trade governance...

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The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email One of the sessions held at the 2015 WTO Public Forum pre-launched the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The Alliance is a public-private partnership being established to support successful implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. The WTO Trade Facilitation (TF) Agreement is one of the key components of the Bali Package agreed to during the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference. The TF Agreement introduces...

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Coming Soon: Changes to US Food Label Requirements

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Starting December 1, coming soon near you – changes to US food label requirements. US food labelling laws require that most foods bear nutrition labeling. Furthermore, the information must be easily read and understood by the ordinary individual under customary terms of purchase and use. In other words, the average grocery shopper should be able to easily read and understand the nutritional information provided on a can or...

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