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Benin to launch its first Time Release Study (TRS)

Benin Customs, with the technical assistance of the World Customs Organization (WCO), are currently preparing their first Time Release Study (TRS), that is expected be completed by the end of this year. From 13 to 17 January 2020, a National Workshop on was held in Cotonou with the aim of raising awareness and training the staff of Beninese Customs and other stakeholders for the performance of the first national Study.

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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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