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United Kingdom: Border Force Has Bumper Haul of Seized Christmas Counterfeit Goods

(Jan. 5, 2017) Border Force, a law enforcement agency within the Home Office that is responsible for securing the borders of the United Kingdom through enforcing immigration and customs controls, seized more than 83,000 counterfeit items, with an estimated value of £3.5 million (about US$4.3 million) at airports during just six days in December 2016.  […]

New Zealand: Trans-Pacific Partnership Bill Passed

(Nov. 22, 2016) On November 15, 2016, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill (TPPA Amendment Bill).  (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill, New Zealand Parliament website (last visited Nov. 16, 2016); text of the latest version (133-3) of the Bill on New Zealand Legislation website.)  The Bill amends various pieces of […]

China/Slovak Republic: Memorandum on Customs Duties Signed

(Nov. 10, 2016) On November 5, 2016, China and the Slovak Republic concluded a memorandum to strengthen their relationship in the area of customs duties, with the goal of boosting bilateral trade. (Slovakia, China Sign Memorandum on Customs Duties Aimed to Accelerate Bilateral Trade, NEWS NOW (Nov. 6, 2016).) According to the State Secretary of […]

Macao/WTO: Ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement

(Apr. 18, 2016) On April 11, 2016, Macao, China deposited with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat its instrument of acceptance of the new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the 72nd WTO Member State to ratify the Agreement.  The TFA will enter into force upon ratification by two-thirds of the WTO Member States, or […]

Netherlands: Ban on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

(Apr. 1, 2016) On March 15, 2016, the Dutch Parliament adopted a motion urging the government to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The motion was based in part on Saudi Arabia’s violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, including those described in the January 22, 2016, report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.  […]

Iceland/European Union: Reduction in Import Duties, Increase in Quotas for Agricultural Products

(Oct. 20, 2015) On September 17, 2015, Iceland’s government and the European Union agreed on new terms for agricultural trade. (Press Release, EU and Iceland Strike Deal to Protect Geographical Indications and Enhance Trade for Agricultural and Food Products (Sept. 18, 2015) EUROPA.) Under the new agreement, Iceland will reduce the tariffs on agricultural products […]

Vietnam: New Trade Agreement with Eurasia Economic Union

(June 16, 2015) On May 29, 2015, Vietnam signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Kyrgyzstan and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which officially comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. The agreement was concluded in Kazakhstan and followed eight formal negotiation sessions, in addition to a number of other meetings. It is the first such […]

Haiti; Mexico: Presidents Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

(May 13, 2014) As part of the Mexico-CARICOM Summit and the Sixth Summit of the Association of the Caribbean States, held in the city of Mérida, Mexico, on April 30, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had a working meeting with his counterpart from Haiti, Michel Martelly, in which they followed up on the bilateral […]

Japan: Promotion of Investment in Overseas Infrastructure Projects

(May 5, 2014) Japan’s Overseas Transport and City Development Support Service Stock Corporation Act was promulgated on April 18, 2014. (Act No. 24 of 2014. The text of the bill that became the act without change is available on the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) website [in Japanese).) This Act aims to promote […]

Canada; Mexico: Reaffirmation of and Agreement to Strengthen Ties

(Feb. 24, 2014) During Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s official visit to Mexico from February 17 to 19, 2014, in the context of the celebration of 70 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Mexico, he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed on the importance of deepening and strengthening the relationship between the two […]