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UNCTAD celebrates 30 years of ASYCUDA with a "Case study Compendium"

With the “Compendium 2019 – Case Studies”, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) celebrates 30 years of success in the implementation of the ASYCUDA customs system, showing how such a platform has helped over 100 countries to collect more customs duties, speed up trade and become more open for business.


Blockchain technology within the context of Trade Single Windows

Trade Single Windows (SW) are a single electronic interface where exporters and importers can submit regulatory and commercial documents to Ministries and other cross-border regulatory agencies, as well as private stakeholders with trade-related functions (e.g. Chambers of Commerce, insurance companies, banks, etc.), so reducing the costs related to the preparation and submission of paperwork required for completing an international transaction.


IICL Issues Clarification and Warning for containers misuse

A recent bulletin published by  the  Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) warns about the misuse of containers by carriers and shippers.


New trade remedies agency to start soon operations in Kenya

The Kenya Trade Remedies Agency (KETRA) has been established by the Section 3(1) of the Kenya Trade Remedies Act (2017), entered into force on 16th August 2017, with the purposes of investigating and evaluating allegations of dumping and subsidisation of imported products in Kenya; investigating and evaluating requests for application of safeguard measures on any product imported in Kenya and advising the Cabinet Secretary responsible for Trade on the results and recommendations of its investigations. Other functions of KETRA include the conduct of public awareness and training activities on its functions and on trade remedies to the benefit of stakeholders, as well as the publication and dissemination of manuals, codes, guidelines, and decisions relating to its functions. KETRA will also perform other specific functions that the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Trade may assign to it. The new government agency will start soon its operations, as the Kenyan Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives is finalising the procedure for the appointment of the members of its Board.


Trade restrictions coverage in G20 countries rise on a historically high level

The latest edition (21th) of the WTO Monitoring Report on G20 trade measures, issued on 24 June 2019, concludes that trade restrictions in G20 countries, despite a significant decrease in their number (with respect to previous years), have kept expanding in terms of trade-coverage in the period from 16 October 2018 to 15 May 2019, by affecting larger quantities of products and services than in the past.


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