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African Union launches the African Trade Observatory

The African Union has launched the beta version of a new online portal, still under development, that provides updated and reliable data aimed, among other things, to inform business and policy decisions and to monitor the implementation process of the AfCFTA and its impact.


From UEMOA an online platform for monitoring trade barriers in the Region

The Trade Obstacles Alert Mechanism (Mécanisme d’alerte aux obstacles au commerce MAOC), allows traders to report a trade barrier in the UEMOA (Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine) Region and to monitor their solving process. UEMOA already developed in 2006  an “Observatory of Abnormal Practices”, (Observatoire des Pratiques Anormales) to monitor harassement practices along the main West African corridors.


WCO releases the HS 2022 Correlation Tables

The Contracting Parties to the “International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System" finalized in January 2020 the 7th edition of the Harmonized System nomenclature (HS 2022), which will enter into force on 1 January 2022 by replacing the current (HS 2017) edition of the Harmonized System, entered into force on 1 January 2017 (for further details read our post here).


Six ASEAN countries implement automated regional Customs Transit System

Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam have started the implementation of the ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS), a computerised customs transit management system available to operators who move goods across land borders in the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Region.


From the WCO an analysis of the rules for the customs valuation of goods

The World Customs Organisation (WCO), on occasion of the 50th Session of the Technical Committee on Customs Valuation, the technical body established under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Customs Valuation Agreement (CVA) to ensure uniform interpretation and application of the Agreement, dedicated its 93rd edition of WCO News to the customs valuation topic.


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