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Webinar: Covid-19: Turning Adversity to Advantage, a View from India

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and ICC India are bringing together Indian business leaders for an insightful exchange of ideas and strategies to strive and thrive in these uncertain times. During this webinar we will explore challenges faced by Indian companies due to Covid-19, discuss innovative strategies to address them, reflect on the importance of trade facilitation, and discuss the role of the Alliance in making international trade simpler, faster, and more cost-effective.

Our response to Covid-19

The Covid-19 outbreak has highlighted the vital importance of smooth, efficient trade in getting essential goods such as medical supplies, to those who need them, particularly in times of crisis.

Morocco leads the way in Africa as digital phytosanitary certificates go live

International agri-food trade with Morocco is set to become faster and more cost-effective for importers and exporters as the country introduces electronic phytosanitary certificates. The international electronic exchange of ‘e-phytos’ was launched on 26 March, making Morocco one of the first African countries to fully integrate and use ePhyto within their national trade system.

Ports of Casablanca and Marseille collaborate on Casablanca’s ‘smart port’ transformation

A delegation of Moroccan officials and business representatives visited France in January to learn about the automated traffic management technologies used in the port of Marseille Fos. The visit was jointly organised by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, which is currently leading a project to digitise port operations at the Morocco’s ports, and the National Port Agency of Morocco.

New training opportunities for customs clearing agents in Malawi

Customs Clearing Agents in Malawi are to be offered accredited training as part of a new trade facilitation project being launched today by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The project will introduce a new licensing framework for clearing agents, complete with a training course and examination to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills they need to facilitate trade efficiently and in line with Customs regulations in Malawi.

Alliance supports INMETRO to join Brazil Customs’ AEO programme

Brazil’s National Standards Agency, INMETRO, has officially joined the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme of Brazilian Customs, Receita Federal. The agreement between the two agencies means companies who become AEO-certified ‘trusted traders’ with Receita will also be able to benefit from simpler and faster interactions with INMETRO.