Archive for category International Trading
TPP Free Trade Deal to Be Signed On Feb 4
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Geopolitical Issues, Globalization Challenges, International Trading, Logistics & Transportation, More Trade News in Brief, Trade Agreements, Worlwide Customs on January 26, 2016
New Zealand will host the signing ceremony for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on February 4, 2016. The deal was reached on 5 October 2015 after 7 years of negotiations.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) is a free trade agreement between nine countries: The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
More Trade News in Brief Week 38 (14 – 20 September 2015)
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Agriculture & Food Security, Auditing & Accounting, Corporate Business & Management, Geopolitical Issues, Globalization Challenges, International Trading, Labour & Employment, More Trade News in Brief, Reports & Analysis, Statistics, Reports & Analysis, Worlwide Customs on September 19, 2015
* WTO – Rise in Global Tourism Continues
International arrivals rose by 5 per cent in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East, and by 4 per cent in the Americas, according to figures released by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The most popular regions proved to be the Caribbean and Oceania, which saw a rise of seven per cent, while Central and Eastern Europe and Central America saw a rise of six per cent.
UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2015 Edition
* G20 Labour Markets in 2015
The report G20 Labour Markets 2015: Strengthening the Link between Growth and Employment, compiled by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank Group, reveals that growth among G20 economies averaged 3.2 per cent over the last three years compared to 4.1 per cent from 2000 to 2007.
Read more here.
* FAO Food Price Index
According to the FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international market prices for five major food commodity groups – cereals, meat, dairy products, vegetable oils and sugar – virtually all food groups registered marked dips in price in August.
Find more here.
* G7 and BRIICS Merchandise Trade Continues to Slow in Second Quarter of 2015
Total G7 and BRIICS international merchandise trade, in current US dollars, continued to contract in the second quarter of 2015, with exports and imports declining by 0.9% and 1.2% respectively, compared with the previous quarter.
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* Belize, Switzerland ratify Trade Facilitation Agreement
Belize and Switzerland have become the 13th and 14th WTO members to ratify the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The TFA contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues.
More information on trade facilitation and the TFA can be found at: www.wto.org/tradefacilitation.
* New ICC Dispute Board Rules
New Rules governing ICC Dispute Boards will come into effect on 1 October 2015.
For more information click here.
More Trade News in Brief Week 26 (22 – 28 June 2015)
* UNCTAD – World Investment Report 2015
The World Investment Report focuses on trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide.
Check World Investment Report 2015 – Reforming International Investment Governance.
* New WCO Guide to Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing
The WCO launched a major new guide on the topic of Customs valuation and transfer pricing.
The guide is available to download via this link.
* ICC Launches New Tool to Promote Business Sustainability
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) launched the 3rd and radical update of its respected Business Charter for Sustainable Development.
* OECD – Government at a Glance 2015
Monday, 6 July, the OECD will publish Government at a Glance 2015.
The biannual report presents more than 50 indicators to compare governments’ performance in everything from public finances (including government spending per person), cuts to staffing and pay in central government and the level of private asset disclosure by government officials to access to and satisfaction with the healthcare, education and the justice systems.
* The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024
The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024 will be published on Wednesday 1 July.
The report analyses agriculture production, discusses how global markets are reacting to price volatility in both food and commodity markets and looks at farm sector trends for the coming decade.
Africa Creates TFTA – Cape to Cairo Free Trade Zone
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Geopolitical Issues, Globalization Challenges, International Trading, More Trade News in Brief, Trade Agreements on June 11, 2015
African leaders have agreed to create the continent’s largest free-trade zone, covering 26 countries in an area from Cape Town to Cairo. The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) will cap five years of negotiations.
Three existing trade blocs – the Southern African Development Community (Sadc); the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) – are to be united into a single new zone.
More Trade News in Brief Week 19 (4 – 10 May 2015)
South Korea, Vietnam Sign FTA
The bilateral FTA upgrades the South Korea – ASEAN agreement by further cutting import duties, more than 90 percent of all their traded goods.
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Digital Single Market for Europe
The Digital Single Market strategy is made up of three policy areas or ‘pillars’:
Better online access to digital goods and services
An environment where digital networks and services can prosper
Digital as a driver for growth
Please read more here.
ECB publishes its Euro Money Market Study 2014
The European Central Bank (ECB) is publishing its biennial report entitled “Euro Money Market Study 2014”.
Check it here.
ICC Revises DOCDEX Rules
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has revised its DOCDEX rules, a dispute resolution mechanism specifically designed to address trade finance concerns.
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New ICC Cyber Security Guide
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a new straight-speaking guide to help companies of all sizes manage their approach to cyber security and mitigate threats posed by cybercrime.
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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Banking System, Financial & Investment Markets, Geopolitical Issues, Globalization Challenges, International Trading, More Trade News in Brief on April 3, 2015
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution proposed by the government of China.
At least 47 countries and territories from five continents have applied to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as founding members.
Sweden and Kyrgyzstan were among the last to apply before the deadline, 31 March 2015, adding further weight to the regional financing body, which has seen its influence grow even before it officially starts operation.
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More Trade News in Brief Week 12 (16 – 22 March 2015)
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Agriculture & Food Security, Auditing & Accounting, European Union Issues, European Union Regulation, Financial & Investment Markets, Financial Transactions, Fiscality, Fiscality, Auditing & Accounting, Global Financial System, Global Tax Agreements, Intellectual Property, International Trading, Law & Legislation, More Trade News in Brief, Reports & Analysis, Statistics, Reports & Analysis on March 23, 2015
* Switzerland, EU Ink New Savings Tax Pact
Switzerland and the European Union (EU) have initialled an agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information (AEOI). Account data will be collected from 2017, with the first exchange scheduled for 2018.
See more clicking here.
* EU: Combatting Corporate Tax Avoidance
The European Commission presented a package of tax transparency measures as part of its ambitious agenda to tackle corporate tax avoidance and harmful tax competition in the EU. A key element of this Tax Transparency Package is a proposal to introduce the automatic exchange of information between Member States on their tax rulings
Read more here.
* China and US Telecoms Giants Lead Global Patent Activity in 2014
According to the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) annual review of international patent filings, a leading Chinese telecoms giant overtook a Japanese firm as the largest applicant last year, and China and the US together accounted for 87 per cent of the total growth in filings under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
Under that system, some 215,000 applications were filed in 2014, a 4.5 per cent increase over the previous year, WIPO said in a news release.
* WTO: Assistance in Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health
Five agencies and their partners operating a programme to help developing countries meet international standards on food safety and animal and plant health have approved plans for 2015–2019 designed to further strengthen safe trade.
The decision will allow the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) to continue to provide assistance to developing countries,
The STDF was set up in 2004 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO), and is run by the five partners together with donor countries and representatives of developing countries.
More Trade News in Brief Week 8 (16 – 22 February 2015)
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in International Trading, More Trade News in Brief, Statistics, Reports & Analysis on February 25, 2015
* UNWTO World Tourism Barometer 2014
International tourist arrivals reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNWTO forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery.
UNWTO World Tourism Barometer
Infographic: International Tourist Arrivals 2014 (per region)
Infographic: International Tourist Arrivals 2014 (growth per region)
Infographic: Why Tourism Matters
UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2014 Edition
* UNIDO – Global Manufacturing Growth Stayed Low in 2014
According to the last UNIDO report, world manufacturing production has been trapped in low growth for a prolonged period and there was no breakthrough in 2014.
For further information on the report, please click here.
* World Oil Outlook
OPEC’s World Oil Outlook (WOO) is a means to highlight and further the understanding of the many possible future challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the oil industry.
Check here the 2014 Edition.
News from UNCTAD
* Global Investment Trends in 2014 and Prospects for 2015
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows declined by 8% in 2014. A solid FDI rise remains distant, reports the latest UNCTAD Global Investment Trends.
Download: Global Investment Trends Monitor No. 18.
* UNCTAD and WTO launch partnership on Integrated Trade Database
UNCTAD and the WTO agreed to cooperate in assisting the WTO members in implementing notification requirements for the WTO Integrated Data Base (IDB).
UNCTAD Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA).
An integrated customs management system for international trade and transport operations in a modern automated environment.