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Latest Harmonized System amendments, now it's the turn of the US

After the European Union (see our article), now is the the turn of the United States to incorporate the new amendments to the Harmonized System adopted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) during the latest revision cycle of the main system of classification of goods at global level, adopted so far by 206 Countries and Customs territories.

On 29 December, the President of the United States signed a Presidential proclamation of amendment of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (the american Customs Tariff), to transpose such modification in the US legislation. Said amendments will be effective 30 days after the publication of the proclamation in the Federal Register (the Official Journal of the US), not yet out.

Orientamenti per i controlli all’importazione riguardanti la sicurezza e la conformità dei prodotti

Nel 2008, il Parlamento europeo ed il Consiglio hanno approvato il Regolamento n. 765/2008, con il quale è stato definito un quadro comune in materia di accreditamento e di vigilanza del mercato, per far sì che i prodotti che beneficiano della libera circolazione dei beni all’interno della Comunità soddisfino requisiti in grado di garantire un grado elevato di protezione di interessi pubblici come la salute, la sicurezza e l’ambiente. Nell’ambito delle unioni doganali infatti, come nel caso dell’UE, le merci, una volta immesse in libera pratica in uno degli stati membri che le compongono, possono circolare liberamente in tutto il territorio dell’Unione. Si ricorda che l’immissione in libera pratica, ai sensi della normativa doganale dell’UE, è il regime doganale che attribuisce la posizione doganale di merce comunitaria ad una merce non comunitaria e ne consente l’immissione sul mercato unico. 

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Proceedings of the Unctad's Multi-year expert meeting on transport and trade facilitation available

On 7 and 8 December 2011, Geneva hosted the third session of the Multi-year expert meeting on transport and trade facilitation of Unctad, a forum where trasport and trade facilitation  esperts from every part of the globe discuss about the main issues related to the development of international trade.

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Towards a new standard for controlling the weight of container at ports?

Containers used for the international transport of goods bear an indication with the maximum weight that they can carry when they are in perfect conditions. If such limit is exceeded during stuffing operations or simply the weeght of goods is not properly distributed in the container, the latter can compromise the integrity of goods contained therein, or can became dangerous both to the transport and to the life of those who manipulate goods along all the supply chain. The International association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) jointly with the World Shipping Council (WSC) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), are urging the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to amend the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to incorporate a condition for verifying weights of loaded containers.

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Technical guide to the WCO Data Model

A technical guide from the World Customs Organisation, depicts the characteristics of the WCO Data Model, a data format (last version: 3.0), based on the UNTDED (United Nations Trade Data Elements Directory), Edition 2005, for the categorisation of messages concerning trade operations. The document illustrates the scope of the Model, its relations with the other international tools, as the Revised Convention of Kyoto, and its alignment with widely used international standards.

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