Take a look again at the most important news and start the week fully informed with the news that Global Trade News brought to you last week in Twitter:

  • Sri Lanka to continue with Free Trade Agreement with China. http://bit.ly/1Ju5DQj 
  • COMESA - ITC sign pact to boost intra-Africa Trade. http://bit.ly/1AMteYr 
  • European Union and Myanmar/Burma conclude first round of talks. http://bit.ly/1MATY0W 
  • Japan, Mongolia sign economic partnership agreement. http://bit.ly/1zqhzIT 
  • Heard @ #AAEI - ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is an effort to emulate the EU design. Something to watch in 2015.
  • Heard @ #AAEI - (3) Reason for not taking advantage = perception it is too complex to manage them
  • Heard @ #AAEI - (2) When surveying trade on use of Noodle Bowl FTAs – only 50% even consider taking advantage
  • Heard @ #AAEI - (1) FTA “Noodle Bowl” of bilateral agreements in Asia is mind-boggling
  • Heard @ #AAEI: China – Australia and China – Korea FTAs expected to sign this year ---also Korea-Canada, Australia-Japan and Australia-Korea
  • Heard @ #AAEI - Tug of war between TPP (led by US) and RCEP (led by China) – will either come to fruition and if so, which one?
  • Heard @ #AAEI - View in Washington DC is that sanctions (including complex sanctions) are successful and this trend will continue.
  • EU-Ecuador trade negotiations. http://bit.ly/1Bmukd6 
  • Heard @ #AAEI - CBSA going after End-Use items big time right now.
  • Heard @ #AAEI - CBSA has increased focus on Customs Audits – both new & repeat – classification, valuation and country of origin are targets
  • Heard @ #AAEI - The final draft version of the EU UCC is expected to be issued in the next 2-3 weeks.
  • Heard @ #AAEI - Certain EU Customs facilitation/simplification benefits will only be available with AEO certification under the new UCC.
  • Heard @ #AAEI - The EU UCC provisions being implemented May 2016 will include the elimination of “First Sale” from a valuation standpoint.
  • Heard @ #AAEI - The EU UCC will be implemented May 1, 2016 – trade should review provisions to be aware of impact to their business.
  • US, Latin American leaders push hard for proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. http://bit.ly/1CFnRrl 
  • TTIP: On Course to Deliver for the UK. http://bit.ly/19tfq8X 
  • Jordan, Mexico resume negotiations on free trade. http://bit.ly/1L8HH2k 
  • Foreign companies invest $108m in Iran’s Arvand Free Trade Zone http://bit.ly/1zJSK9B 
  • Import permits master list seen cutting BoC transaction time http://bit.ly/1A1d1w8 
  • China to allow more refiners to #import crude oil - state planner http://reut.rs/1Bi5ydZ 
  • UPDATE 1-Illiquidity could derail Iraq's oil export deal with Kurdistan http://bit.ly/1FkY0sg 
  • Canadian Trade Minister Promotes Korean FTA http://bit.ly/1Bi3v9Q 
  • Pakistan: Govt in process of signing FTAs with ASEANs. http://bit.ly/1L5DlZJ 
  • US HTS - List of Cuban goods and services eligible for import into the US. http://1.usa.gov/1FTtO4U 
  • Germany urges Brazil with an EU/Mercosur trade agreement. http://bit.ly/1zIklbf