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WTO 10th Ministerial Conference: The Nairobi Package on LDCs

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The Nairobi package adopted at the WTO 10th Ministerial Conference (December 15-19, 2015) contained the Nairobi Ministerial Declaration along with five Ministerial Decisions. The three Ministerial Decisions on Agriculture were discussed in our last post. This post discusses the two Decisions on Least Developed Countries. 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) meet the United Nations (UN) definition as the world’s poorest...

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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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FDA Kicks FSMA Into High Gear

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Coincidence or not, following closely on the heels of major food poisoning incidents in the United States, the FDA kicks FSMA into high gear. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cautions that there are about 24 multi-state (involving at least two states) food contamination outbreaks each year. That averages two major outbreaks each month. The most recent outbreak involved E. coli from fresh produce which led Chipotle to...

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Food Importers – Educate U.S. Customs About Your Products!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Jamaica. As this is where we grew up, we returned laden with several food products that would allow us to continue to experience Jamaican cuisine ever so often. Everything we imported was allowable. However, the airport customs agents carefully prodded and poked our parcels before we were allowed to leave with them. This experience reminded me of a statement from an audience...

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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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