Trade Facilitation

Trade Facilitation TTIP

LOBBY: Textile and apparel: Euratex steps up pro TTIP campaign, expresses scepticism at EU Vietnam FTA

The European business lobby Euratex is campaigning strongly on trade. It has launched a major communications offensive in favour of TTIP on its website, social media and in conferences. It is arguing that US tariffs and non tariff barriers (including labelling issues) are an impediment to EU exports to the …

Trade Facilitation WTO & Plurilaterals

Post-Nairobi: ACP meets EU halfway on tariffs but insists on continuation of exemptions for developing countries

The group of 79 Asia-Pacific-Caribbean countries that gathered this week in Brussels have issued a common statement on the planned WTO Ministerial meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in December. The joint statement was made public with several days of delay, indicating last-minute discussions over substance.   The group represents one third …

‘At the border’: trade facilitation is the issue
Trade Facilitation

‘At the border’: trade facilitation is the issue

In trade policy circles, political attention currently focuses on ‘behind the border’ trade barriers stemming from domestic regulations. In fact, ‘at the border’ trade barriers continue to matter as much. The EU’s recently announced ratification of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement is a recognition of this fact. Corinne Vadcar …

Divergent transatlantic approaches to post-Bali agenda appearing in WTO
Trade Facilitation WTO & Plurilaterals

Divergent transatlantic approaches to post-Bali agenda appearing in WTO

[sh_light_text ]World Trade Organization (WTO) members adopted a much-awaited trade agreement centred on trade facilitation concluded in Bali in December last year. This first multilateral agreement since the WTO was created in 1994 is a step forward on the way to completing the “Doha Development Round” of multilateral trade negotiations launched in 2001. …

Analysis: When Estonia beats Hong Kong and Turkey overtakes Italy… Ease of trading across borders in Europe
Trade Facilitation

Analysis: When Estonia beats Hong Kong and Turkey overtakes Italy… Ease of trading across borders in Europe

[sh_light_text ]Are countries offering a good environment for their companies to import and export on the global marketplace? This is the issue the World Economic Forum’s (WEF)’s Enabling Trade Report explores. Iana Dreyer talked to three authors of the report in Geneva. Below, some of the takeaways from the meeting …