* IMO – Amended MARPOL The new amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) entered into force on 1 January 2013. The new chapter make mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships. Find more on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) page. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * Laos – The WTO’s 158th Member Laos will officially become the WTO’s 158th member state on 2 February. Read more here. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * Comoros – The 146th Contracting Party to the Harmonized System Convention The Union of the Comoros started the process of joining to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonized System). Check the Press release.