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Understanding the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), also known as the Washington Convention, was concluded on 3 March 1973. It entered into force after ratification or accession by 10 States, on 1 July 1975. Currently 183 Parties are signatories to the Convention, which covers 36,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives.

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New edition of the AEO Compendium available

The WCO has published the 2019 edition of the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Compendium, an annually updated study which gives an overview of existing AEO programmes (already implemented or under development or implementation) around the world, comprising information on accreditation criteria, procedures and benefits, and with a list of Mutual Recognition Arrangements/Agreements (MRAs) signed so far between countries to mutually recognize AEO authorizations granted by their respective Customs administrations.

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Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in Asia and the Pacific

An article published on the August 2019 ESCAP Trade Insights bulletin examines the status of implementation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in the Asia-Pacific economies.

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Port Development and Competition in East and Southern Africa

A study from the World Bank analyses the maritime capacity in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Region, concluding that although freight volumes have been growing at 9 percent per year through some of the key ports (with transit consignments to land-locked countries growing at 16.5 percent per year until relatively recently), many of such ports are still affected with high ship waiting times, high berth occupancies, and congestion on both the land and maritime side, all factors contributing to increased transport costs.

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India is conducting its first National Time Release Study

The Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs, placed under the Department of Revenue of the Ministry of Finance of India, with notice dated 1 August 2019 communicated that India is conducting its first national Time Release Study (TRS). The exercise will be institutionalised on an annual basis, during the month of August.

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