Preferential Trade Agreements and the never ending debate about their compatibility with the WTO system

Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) are an important feature of the global trade system, most of them being adopted in the form of free trade agreements (FTAs), or in some cases of Customs Unions (CUs). As is well known, the main difference between these two types of PTAs is that in a Customs Union the participating countries, apart from reducing or eliminating barriers to theirContinue reading “Preferential Trade Agreements and the never ending debate about their compatibility with the WTO system”

Is the country reputation a critical factor for attracting investors?

When a foreign investor must decide where to invest or do business, the country’s reputation is an important factor to consider. For a State, good reputation means attracting more investments from abroad, capital, technology and last but not least, precious know-how from economically advanced countries.  But how a country’s reputation is built? Some insights comeContinue reading “Is the country reputation a critical factor for attracting investors?”

Data analysis techniques for enhancing the performance of Customs

One of the most powerful tools available to Customs to reconcile the functions of controlling the international movement of goods with the needs of trade facilitation is represented by data collection and analysis techniques. These techniques are supported by the use of statistics, algorithms and other mathematical tools, as well as by adequate IT systemsContinue reading “Data analysis techniques for enhancing the performance of Customs”

Will the AfCFTA implementation be pragmatically supported by African countries?

An interesting article published by Andrew Mold, Acting Director, Office for Eastern Africa, Economic Commission for Africa, talks in favour of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), pointing out how the AfCFTA will promote the growth of regional trade, and rejecting the criticism of those who are skeptical to its implementation. One of the most important impendingContinue reading “Will the AfCFTA implementation be pragmatically supported by African countries?”

Rising protectionism and degeneration of protectionist trade policies

Tariffs are not the only instruments that national governments use to limit imports or stimulate exports. There are several other non-tariff barriers that exist, which in most cases are not easy to detect. Among these measures there are import quotas or other restrictions placed on the imports of foreign competitors, trade remedies (ex. antidumping, anti-subsidy andContinue reading “Rising protectionism and degeneration of protectionist trade policies”

Customs compliance and the importance of a careful customs planning

Customs compliance is a term often ignored by businesses involved in international trade. It essentially means to understand and fulfil all the requirements related to the execution of an international trade transaction. In order to be “customs compliant”, a trader must be sure that the tariff classification, origin and valuation of goods are accurately declaredContinue reading “Customs compliance and the importance of a careful customs planning”

Bilateral vs. multilateral cross-border road transport permits

To date, many States worldwide have in force national laws governing the circulation over their respective roads of vehicles from other countries carrying passengers or freight for commercial reasons. These laws are mainly aimed to protect their national transport industry by restricting the entry in their territory of road hauliers from neighbouring countries. In practice, thisContinue reading “Bilateral vs. multilateral cross-border road transport permits”

International development firms: any complaints?

When an international development consultant applies for an assignment with an international development firm, the latter is very meticulous in verifying the accuracy of his CV and it’s prone to blacklist him if he does not perform satisfactorily. But what happens when are these firms to misbehave? Have international development consultants any protection against them?Continue reading “International development firms: any complaints?”

International development consultant, a largely unknown profession

With more than 15 years of experience in projects of technical assistance to developing countries, Danilo Desiderio, CEO of Desiderio Consultants talks about the main tasks and challenges of this business. Can you shortly describe your profession?  I am an expert in customs and trade/transport facilitation. I basically work on assignments within projects launched byContinue reading “International development consultant, a largely unknown profession”

The effects of blockchain on international trade in goods

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 07:31 An interesting article published on the International Trade Forum (quarterly magazine of the International Trade Centre), explores the use of the blockchain for managing all formalities, documents and forms related to trade operations (with the relevant payments), by drawing a parallelism between such a technique and the invention of containers. The invention of the container, inContinue reading “The effects of blockchain on international trade in goods”

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