Trade Watch 2015

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email Trade Watch 2015 lists some key issues to watch out for in the trade arena this year: US-Cuba Relations: President Obama has announced a slight easing in its trade policy towards Cuba. The embargo remains in place (that can only be lifted or changed by US Congress). However, effective January 16, 2015, new regulations are in place to implement the announced...

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When Can You Start Trading with Cuba?

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email When can you start trading with Cuba? Not just yet! On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced significant changes to U.S. foreign relations with Cuba. They included: Plans to re-establish US-Cuba diplomatic relations after a 50+-year break; Eased restrictions on travel to Cuba by specified categories of US persons; Opportunities for travelers to import up to US$400...

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Increase African Exports Using AGOA

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email In an earlier post, we reported on investigations to be conducted to support the increase in African exports using the African Growth & Opportunities Act (AGOA).  In support of the commitment by the Obama Administration to renew AGOA the US International Trade Commission (USITC) had been requested to examine the impact of AGOA for African exporters and US...

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Food Importers — Educate US Customs About Your Products!

Posted by on May 8, 2014 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email At a recent conference frequented by many food importers, one of the audience members shared, “Our food smells different and that causes problems with US Customs.” To avoid such problems, food importers — educate US Customs about your products! “Problems” can mean having your shipment detained, opened and inspected, and re-exported or destroyed. The US Food...

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Global Business Opportunities

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email In an earlier post, we discussed this reality – In today’s globalized economy your next business opportunity could be located anywhere in the world. Trade Agreements, Trade Financing, and Technology provide the doors for small businesses to take advantage of these global business opportunities. In this post, I’d like to highlight the role of technology, and in...

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WTO Introduces New Trade Rules

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email The WTO 9th Ministerial in Bali concluded on December 6th, 2013 with the first-ever global Agreement on Trade Facilitation. This Agreement introduces new trade rules to streamline customs and port procedures for the world’s traders. Other key decisions implemented prior commitments to improve market access for the world’s least developed countries and on...

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