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The 7th edition of the Harmonized System becomes operational

In a notice published on 29 January 2020 on its website, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) declared as definitively accepted the amendments embedded in the 2022 Edition of the “Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System” (abbreviated as “HS”), as no objection to such amendments has been notified by the Contracting Parties to the HS Convention to the WCO Secretary General during the six-months following to their notification.

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Botswana ratifies the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement

Botswana becomes the 8th country to deposit the instrument of ratification for the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA Agreement). The other countries that have ratified the TFTA are Burundi, Kenya, Egypt, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, and Namibia.

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Global Value Chains explained

The Global Value Chain (GVC) concept refers to that international production sharing method where the production process is broken into different stages, each (or part) of them being re-allocated in different countries of the world (read the full article on our blog).

Ghana adopts the US “Fusion Centers” model for improving security at its borders

Ghana has officially inaugurated on 22 January 2020, with the assistance of the US Government, its first National Border Fusion Center, a collaborative effort between the security agencies of the country aimed at improving their capacity to address common security challenges via the sharing of information and intelligence.

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Container security and protection of the Supply Chain From Covert Attacks

Cargo containers are an attractive target for criminal organisations because of the value of the goods they carry, and due to the fact that they can be used as a trojan horse, i.e. as a vehicle for introducing weapons or explosives in a country. Electronic cargo seals (e-seals) using Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology are the most effective devices for securing containers, but they are also expensive, and this is why most of traders today still prefer to adopt more traditional solutions like the bolt seal and single-loop cable seal.

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