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Effective from the 01 July 2016, the International Maritime (IMO) has adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention.

 

To this effect, all the exporters/shippers are required to comply with this regulation. Shippers can be registered with The South African Maritime and Safety Authority (SAMSA) who will approve and produce the Verification of the Gross Mass (VGM) certificate.

 

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ICC News

 

ICC welcomes new dialogue with WTO; highlights options for multilateral trade talks

Geneva, 30 May 2016 / News source: ICC WBO

 

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has today welcomed the conclusion of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) first ever dialogue with the business community as an important step towards strengthening the global trade agenda.

 

The dialogue was initiated off the back of the successful outcome of the WTO’s ministerial conference in Nairobi last December, and in response to growing concern within the global business community about faltering global trade growth.

 

Addressing WTO members, ICC’s First Vice-Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said: “To be clear: business wants predictable, modern and up-to-date multilateral trade rules, negotiated and agreed at the WTO… Trade is expected to grow by less than 3% for the fifth consecutive year in 2016. We should not accept this as the new normal and we are ready to work constructively with WTO members to restore trade as a central driver of global growth.”

 

The first-of-its-kind event identified a broad range of possible WTO initiatives to help boost trade-led inclusive growth.

These included:

SME growth

Business leaders encouraged the WTO to explore possible initiatives to make trade easier for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), going beyond trade facilitation reforms to identify where harmonized rules and end-to-end standards can help small businesses access global markets. Access to financing was also highlighted as a priority to support SME trade growth.

 

Investment

Many participants in the dialogue expressed an interest in a new WTO dialogue to explore the scope for global standards in the field of investment promotion, protection and facilitation.

 

Sectoral liberalisation

The dialogue highlighted an interest from a range of sectors in pursuing sector-specific talks as a complement to the ongoing Doha Round.

 

E-commerce

There was a strong call from business leaders for the WTO to play a central role in underpinning an open, reliable and secure global digital economy. Participants expressed particular interest in possible “e-commerce negotiations” which could encompass a broad range of issues such as customs duties, electronic signatures, data protection and localization requirements.

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