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Single Window: better late than never

The Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers n. 242 of 4 November 2010 (published in the Official Journal n. 10 of 4 January 2011) implements in Italy the mechanism of the "Single Window" introduced by the article 4, par. 57 of the law n. 350 of 24 December 2003. The Single Window is a tool aiming to simplify import and export operations, in particular offering to the operators the possiblity to submit, especially by electronic means, at a single point of entry, all the requests of release of documents needed for the execution of import/export operations, for which one or more administrations are competent (e.g. certifications, authorizations, import and export licences, and other permits). For further details, read our article.

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"Made in", Italy tries harder

After the approval, by the Italian Senate, of the new regulation on the compulsory indication of the origin for food products of December 6th, 2010, also the House of Deputies on January 18th, 2011 dopts the relevant text. The bill n. 2363 establishes (art. 4) that food products to be sold in Italy must bear the compulsory indication of the place of their origin or provenance, determined according to the citeria indicated in the law.

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Inaugural session of the Working Group on Border Management of the UN

The Working Group on Border Management, established within the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), has had its first session at the World Customs Organisation's headquarters from 11 to 12 January 2011. Its first task will be the drafting of a compendium of international tools, standards, recommandations and guidelines for the contrast to the terrorism to be made available to all the members of the United Nations.

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Ratified the Convention on the centralised customs clearance

Operating in a non-conventional way (being this a matter of competence of the European Union), the Member States of the EU have adopted on 2009 a tool of international law to establish the criteria for the allocation of the customs duties in the case of use of the centralised customs clearance procedure, by approving a specific Convention on this topic. The Convention must be ratified by each member State (according to their national procedures), in order to became full operational.

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From U.S. new legislation on food safety

On January 4, 2011 the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (H.R. 2751) has been approved in the United States. The new legislation amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, reinforcing the safety requirements for the food supplies in the Country and enhancing the powers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The main purpose of the new law is to avoid that unsafe food will cause damages to the health of the US citizens and reduce the risk of food outbreaks inside the Country.

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