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Towards the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area in East Africa

A new report from Trademark East Africa analyses the effects of the implementation of the AfCFTA on the EAC Region, concluding that the AfCFTA is a tremendous opportunity for achieving deeper regional integration, not only in this Region, but on all the continent.

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Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) monitoring systems in Africa

Apart from tariffs, there are many measures that national governments can use to limit imports, in some cases not particularly easy to detect. Among these measures there are import quotas, import licenses, discriminatory taxes or excessive document requirements applied on imports, complex or discriminatory rules of origin, extensive use of trade remedies (ex. antidumping), or the unjustified and/or improper use of health, safety regulations or quality standards to discriminate against imported products and make particularly hard their access to the national market.

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Indonesian Customs adopt blockchain technology to reduce shipping cost

The Customs and Excise Directorate General of Indonesia announced the adoption of blockchain technology for information sharing, in an effort to reduce shipping costs and eliminate inefficiency resulting from paper-based processes.

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Commodity dependence in the Horn of Africa

The last UNCTAD report on the State of Commodity Dependance, issued in 2019, shows that all the Horn of Africa (HoA) countries are commodity-dependent, in most cases agricultural commodities-dependent. A country is defined “commodity-dependent” when more than 60 per cent of its total exports consists in primary commodities.

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New WTO Trade Policy Review report of the European Union available

Within the responsibilities of surveillance of the trade policies adopted by its members, the WTO recently published the 14th review of the trade policies and practices of the European Union (EU). The Trade Policy Review of the European Union (EU) is based on a policy statement submitted to the WTO by the EU on 10 December 2019, and summarises the developments in the EU trade policy during the period March 2017-September 2019 (review period).

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