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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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Doing Business in Cuba

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email New changes in US policy towards Cuba that took effect on September 21, 2015 have expanded the range of business and commercial activities that US persons can undertake in Cuba. At the same time, it is important to move ahead only with a full understanding of the remaining obstacles to doing business in Cuba. Openings On top of the changes introduced in January, 2015 and in addition to the renewal of full diplomatic relations...

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International Trade Terms: Trade Alphabet Soup, Part J

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Here is Part “J” of my series, “International Trade Alphabet Soup” that will periodically list and provide context for key acronyms and international trade terms: JBIC – Japan Bank for International Cooperation is the world’s largest source of development finance with an annual budget of over 3 trillion yen (approx. US $27 billion). It was established in September 1999 by the merger of Export-Import Bank of...

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